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WordPress React KRLive

View demo at

"Headless" WordPress CMS with React Front End

This is a ReactJS-based UI pulling data from, populating primary links, social media links, and video backgrounds. Click on the movie icon in the top navigation to randomly switch between video backgrounds.

Technologies Employed

  • ReactJS
  • SASS
  • WordPress REST API
  • Custom WordPress REST Endpoint Plugin

Local Environment Setup Guide

npm run deploy to publish to GitHub Pages

To switch to live data, WordPress REST API endpoints are defined in


let appUrl = '';
//let appUrl = 'http://krlocalwp.localhost';
let appJSONEndpoint = '/wp-json';
let appRESTAPITrunk = '/wpcms/v1';
let RESTEndpointPostsByCategory = '/posts-by-category/';
export const appQueryUrl = `${appUrl}${appJSONEndpoint}${appRESTAPITrunk}${RESTEndpointPostsByCategory}?`;
export const qryPostsFromLinksCategory = `${appQueryUrl}name=links`;

Setup Local WordPress Environment

If you're using Windows, I recommend AMPPS Portable to get a local LAMP stack up and running. Try to match the local development configuration as closely as possible to avoid having to make changes to source files. This way, the GitHub repo should work out-of-the-box (see installation details below).

Configure local virtual host to krlocalwp.localhost

Local WordPress installation should be accessible via http://krlocalwp.localhost

Login to admin via http://krlocalwp.localhost/wp-admin

Install and activate the following plugins:

  • Classic Editor

  • Advanced Custom Fields


Upload, install and activate the following custom plugin (available on GitHub):


Import WordPress XML file exported from

Setup Local React Environment

Standard create-react-app verbiage to follow

This project was bootstrapped with Create React App.

git clone repository

npm install

npm update

Available Scripts

In the project directory, you can run:

npm start

Runs the app in the development mode.
Open http://localhost:3000 to view it in the browser.

The page will reload if you make edits.
You will also see any lint errors in the console.

npm test

Launches the test runner in the interactive watch mode.
See the section about running tests for more information.

npm run build

Builds the app for production to the build folder.
It correctly bundles React in production mode and optimizes the build for the best performance.

The build is minified and the filenames include the hashes.
Your app is ready to be deployed!

See the section about deployment for more information.

npm run eject

Note: this is a one-way operation. Once you eject, you can’t go back!

If you aren’t satisfied with the build tool and configuration choices, you can eject at any time. This command will remove the single build dependency from your project.

Instead, it will copy all the configuration files and the transitive dependencies (Webpack, Babel, ESLint, etc) right into your project so you have full control over them. All of the commands except eject will still work, but they will point to the copied scripts so you can tweak them. At this point you’re on your own.

You don’t have to ever use eject. The curated feature set is suitable for small and middle deployments, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to use this feature. However we understand that this tool wouldn’t be useful if you couldn’t customize it when you are ready for it.

Learn More

You can learn more in the Create React App documentation.

To learn React, check out the React documentation.

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