Drupal and React
We previously wrote about the rising popularity of decoupled and headless Drupal, and what it means for website creation.
What is React?
- React UI Components allow for code reuse and reduces development time.
- Front-end development can happen without having to consider the limitations or connections with the backend. There is no longer a cap on ingenuity and creativity, which leads to fantastic user interfaces and interesting interactive features.
- By separating the frontend from the website’s backend, any dramatic changes to design and the user interface can be done separately. This means that you can update your website’s look and feel without having to overhaul your entire system.
Why React is a Popular Choice for Drupal Websites
There are a few reasons for this, one of them being how enthusiastically React has been adopted by the developer community, which has always been a north star for Drupal.
Here are some of the websites currently using React on certain pages:
One of the benefits of Drupal as a system is its flexibility—it actively tries to get out of the way of developers while supporting unique website builds. Drupal’s web service APIs are part of its headless capability and the reason why Drupal is so easy to integrate with other systems in general.
Additionally, Drupal as a content management system provides administrators with the ability to create, optimize, schedule, and organize content from an easy to use administrative interface. Coupled with, and yet independent of, React, the two are able to create experiences that users love, that frontend developers love to write, and that content editors and website administrators will find as straightforward as ever.