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A simple starting-point application utilizing the newest versions of webpack, babel, react, and a whole lot more.

  • Isomorphic: Render pages on the server and in the client. Fully static content can be pre-rendered into files to increase server-side performance.
  • Hot Reload: Increase development productivity with hot reload.
  • Newest Libraries: Using the newest versions of webpack, babel, react, and more

Getting Started

Here are some pointers if you want to use this project as the starting point for a project of your own. The first thing you'll want to do is fetch the project:

git clone my-project
cd my-project

Command Line

Start hot reloading development server using browsersync with:

npm run start:dev

Run a build for production:

npm run build

Run a production server (using express)... you'll need to build first:

npm start

Making Changes

All of the files you'll want to change are in the src directory. The lib directory contains some utility code for building and running an express server.


All of the configuration options can be found in the config.json file in the root of the project.

  • publicPath: If your site will be hosted in a subdirectory (such as then you'll want to set the publicPath to the subdirectory (/subdirectory in this example). If your site will be hosted at the root (like then you should set publicPath to /.
  • staticPaths: Static paths to crawl (see Building Static Files below). If you are going to host under a subdirectory (see publicPath), your staticPaths will include this subdirectory.

Building Static Files

By default, when you run npm run build, the build will attempt to pre-render any files that can be pre-rendered. It does this by starting up an express server and visiting every URL mentioned in the staticPaths variable in config.json. For each file rendered this way, the script parses the HTML to find new relative paths to crawl. Any path ending in a / will be created as a subdirectory with an index.html file. Any path that does not contain a file extension will automatically append a .html.

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