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10 WordPress Themes Built with React

React (sometimes referred as React.js or ReactJS) is a JavaScript library for managing the display of data on the front-end and building user interfaces. It was created by Facebook and is currently being used by Netflix, Airbnb, and many others companies.

Along with other JavaScript libraries and frameworks, React has enabled developers to create app-like websites and improve the user’s experience on our websites.

In the WordPress ecosystem, the merge of the REST API into core has made it easier to build new integrations such as WordPress themes made entirely in JavaScript. This approach to theme-building definitely opens a world of new possibilities and extends what can be done with WordPress.

In this post, we’ll take a look at 10 WordPress themes built with React. A lot of them are on Github and still in development, but we found a few of them with live demos. They are just the start of what is possible with React in the context of theming.

10 WordPress themes built with React

1. React

WordPress themes built with React - React WordPress ThemeSuitable for all types of business, React is a practical solution for a modern and clean website. It provides you with multiple responsive layouts to choose from. With an user-friendly and intuitive interface, the theme has ready-to-use color schemes to suit any design style and modify colors with ease.

React comes with Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, Go Portfolio, and its own Quform. It is also fully compatible with other plugins such as WooCommerce, W3 Total Cache, and WPML. Among other options, this theme includes some performance tools to help speed things up as well. These include Minifying, Combining and disabling files. You can see a live preview here.

2. PressGrid

WordPress themes built with React - PressGrid-React-WordPress-ThemePressGrid is a modern frontend publishing and multi blogging theme, which means that everyone can post on the site.

With unlimited color options for posts and a responsive layout, it allows post reactions and has a social login section for users to publish from their Twitter or Facebook account. PressGrid also supports different multimedia post formats such as video, audio, link, quote and status (Twitter, Instagram). See the live preview here.

3. BeesWax

WordPress themes built with React - Beeswax-React-WordPress-themeThis is a photography WordPress theme built entirely on React. It is mainly focused on performance. To speed up the navigation, it uses pre-caching and download the content your visitors might access before they even access it.

Almost everything in BeesWax is customizable. It comes with a simple front-end user interface that you can adapt to your needs with just a few clicks. You can also visualize your changes in real-time without having to keep refreshing the page. Check out a live demo here.

4. Anadama

WordPress themes built with React - anadama-react-wordpress-themeAnadama is a React-based recipe theme for WordPress. It was designed as a simple blog to display recipes in a vintage book style. It has no comments or widgets, just a list of post titles on the homepage and a pop-up card with the recipe content. Anadama-React was a small project to see how React could fit into a WordPress theme. If you want to check it out, the Github repo has instructions to set it up yourself.

5. Foxhound

WordPress themes built with React - Foxhound react wordpress themeThe developer of Anadama, Kelly Dwan, also built this “experimental” text-focused blog theme for WordPress in React. This was the first REST-API-powered theme on wordpress.org.

As per her author, the theme looks best with “Front page displays” set to latest posts, but it does support a static page and blog posts on another page. It displays featured images on single posts and pages, but not on archive/list views. To learn more about Foxhound, check out the project on Github.

6. WReact

WordPress themes built with React - WReact WordPress themeThis is a WordPress starter theme with React.js integrated. It’s meant for you to learn React inside WordPress or to create your own theme. Visit the Github repository here.

7. Vladimir

WordPress themes built with React - wp-vladimir React WordPress themeVladimir is another WordPress starter theme with React and Redux bundled inside. As per his author, it “should be used:

To learn how to include React and Redux in your WordPress site
To quickly start building themes which include React and Redux
As a starting point for your custom WordPress + React + Redux web applications”.

You can go to the Github repo or read a tutorial on his blog.

8. Black Hawk

WordPress themes built with React - Blackhawk react wordpress themeIn this React-based WordPress theme all the data is fetched using WordPress REST API and rendered using React. It uses Bootstrap for styling its views and components. Learn more on Github.

9. Reactionary

WordPress themes built with React - reactionary react wordpress themeReactionary is a lightweight WordPress theme that rely on React and the REST API for content too. Check out his project here.

10. A React+Redux WordPress theme

WordPress themes built with React - react-wordpress-themeThis is the last WordPress theme built with React in our selection. Its features include: dynamic menus (main menu + footer menu), category archive pages, search, tags, Bootstrap 4, threaded comments, etc. You can check out the project on Github or see the live theme on the author’s personal site.

Final thoughts

Some of these themes are small projects in development and others were just an experiment. But they all are a great way to learn about how React can be used with the REST API to create better and faster experiences with WordPress.

If you’re looking to explore adding React to WordPress theming, there’s no doubt that you will find some challenges. These JavaScript techniques are still less familiar. And there are questions about SEO, plugin compatibility, or the speed of initial load (among others) which have not been answered yet.

However, building WordPress themes with JavaScript tools like React and the REST API has also important benefits in terms of performance, design, and productivity.

As mentioned above, it opens a world of possibilities including storing and pre-fetching content, animations within themes, and the ability to create offline experiences using Service Workers. These advances are receiving a lot of of attention from developers who are improving their performance and expanding their functionality.

We believe that this JavaScript-based approach will accelerate things in the WordPress ecosystem in 2018. Maybe it’s time to start getting familiar with it.

Other useful resources

In addition to the links provided throughout this post, here are some more interesting ones to get inspired: