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Introducing Frontity Framework Beta

  • Post Author
    By Reyes Martínez
  • Post Date
    Thu May 16 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that today we released the first Frontity framework beta!

Frontity is a free and open source framework to develop WordPress sites based on React JS. This is the first React framework exclusively focused on WordPress, which means that each part of it has been simplified and optimized to be used with this CMS (as headless WordPress).

» What’s part of Frontity beta

Our framework is beginner friendly: it aims to make building websites with WordPress and React easier and more accessible to all developers, even for those who are less familiar with React.

Here’s a list of what is included in this first beta version.

Zero setup development

Everything is already wired up so you can focus on building an amazing site: React, Webpack, Babel, SSR, Routing, CSS-in-JS, WP REST API, TypeScript, Linting, Testing, etc. No extra configuration is necessary.

Lightning-fast loading

Frontity sends an HTML that is ready to start navigating the site, so the initial load feels almost instant. No extra assets or round trips are necessary.

This HTML is fully functional and navigable without Javascript. Once React loads, it takes control of the app. Users don’t notice any change, it is 100% transparent.

Instant in-app navigation

Once React has loaded, our router prefetches other routes and data automatically. Users never have to wait when they navigate inside the app.

Code Splitting

Frontity uses webpack to split the code and send the minimum code required for the app to work. It also allows developers to dynamically load components with the help of loadable-components.

Server Side Rendering

Frontity responds with a fully populated HTML file generated with React. This reduces the time required for the first contentful paint and is good for SEO.

The content is retrieved using the WordPress REST API. Once React is loaded in the browser, it takes control of the page and does its magic.

If you are curious to learn more about this, here’s a more detailed explanation.


One of the most amazing things about Frontity is its extensibility. You can add new features to your theme via Frontity extensions and NPM packages.

We are working on some extensions which will be available soon: Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics, Disqus comments, OneSignal push notifications, Adsense, Custom CSS, and more.

Apart from these extensions, there are many other interface tools specifically created for Frontity, such as context routing, swipe navigation, infinite scrolling, html-to-react, or gutenberg-to-react.

Frontity themes can also use any of the 80.000 React packages available in NPM.

First class TypeScript support

Frontity itself is built using TypeScript and it has amazing support for it. But this is absolutely optional: you can use regular JavaScript if you don’t know or don’t want to learn TypeScript.

Smallest React bundle possible

Frontity helps build websites which are fast to deliver better user experiences. That’s one of the reasons why we have struggled to make the core smaller. But hey! We finally achieved it! It has been reduced by 60% and only weights 60kb (gzipped).

Serverless and horizontal scaling

The Frontity server is so small that it suits perfectly the serverless requirements. That means infinite scaling for the front-end.

Frontity is also prepared to scale horizontally in any Node server.

Support for ES6 in modern browsers

Frontity generates two bundles of JavaScript:

  • One in ES6 without transpilation or polyfills so it’s as small and fast as possible.
  • The other in ES5 for the old browsers that don’t support ES6.

This guarantees that performance is not harmed in the modern browsers while ensuring backwards compatibility with the old ones.

Support for &

Frontity can work with different “source” extensions. This first release already includes a wp-source which works with the REST API of any or website. This way Frontity can work without any additional WordPress plugin.

Our framework has been designed so it can support other sources in the future like the GraphQL API for WordPress. We are discussing about all the possible supported sources in our forum. Feel free to join the conversation if you have any ideas!

Support for multiple sites with a single installation

You can serve any number of sites (with different themes and/or configuration) with a single Frontity installation. This can be useful for users who manage different clients or those who want to create a network.

React Concurrent and Suspense

The React team is working hard to release an async, “no-CPU-blocking” version and Frontity will be compatible with it. It is expected for Q2 2019.

Once it is released, we expect to see a rise in the use of the React animation libraries available that will get the user experience to the next level.

Battle-tested framework

We’re open sourcing the internal framework we’ve been using to power big WordPress news sites during the last 2 years. Used by millions of readers, Frontity is proven and ideal for building engaging frontend experiences. Learn more about our story here.

» Help us test Frontity framework beta

It’s really easy to get started and test Frontity, we invite you to follow our documentation:

🚀 Quick start guide

Once you try it out, please let us know how it goes. Your feedback is extremely valuable in shaping today’s beta as well as our final release. Please feel free to share it with us in our forum. You can join an existing conversation or open a new topic (thread). The more descriptive the title of the topic the better.

Bug reports and other contributions will be also highly appreciated. For more information on how to get involved, take a look at this guide.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about the beta!

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To get in touch with us or ask any questions about Frontity, please join our community forum at We’d love to know more about you and how Frontity can help your project(s).

Here’s a video introduction to Frontity. Special thanks to Imran Sayed for this contribution!