Learn more about working with React.js, and why a React Headless CMS with GraphQL could be the right option for your next project.

React and Headless CMS

What is React?Anchor

React JS is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It is used and maintained by Facebook. It is open-source and available for free. React JS was released in 2013 by Jordan Walke, a software engineer at Facebook. The library was built to solve a problem faced by Facebook, which was to make large web pages with complex views.

Benefits of React.jsAnchor

ReactJS is a JavaScript library that helps to create interactive user interfaces (UI). This 'view' layer offers the template functionality as well as server-side rendering. The library can develop high-performance single-page applications (SPA) that run fast and respond appropriately to user interactions.

GraphQL and ReactAnchor

We all know that front-end development is in constant flux, with frameworks continuously rising and falling in popularity. Sometimes, it's hard to keep up, but we all end up using something like React to build our apps in one way or another. What happens when you need to use both React and GraphQL? How can you efficiently create your GraphQL schema when you don't know what data each component will need? What if you need to reuse components in other apps?

The GraphQL ecosystem has been growing and evolving rapidly, and this is partly because of the ease with which developers can get started with GraphQL. However, there is a steep learning curve when it comes to creating a GraphQL server from scratch. That's why we created Hygraph, which makes it easy to add GraphQL to your app, a hosted service that provides your GraphQL API.

Why use a Headless CMS for ReactAnchor

A Headless CMS means there's no user interface (UI). It provides a JSON API to be consumed by the front-end. The front-end can be anything from a simple website to a mobile app or smart fridge. Querying content from a Headless CMS like Hygraph into a content-rich React application benefits building resilient apps.

Hygraph and ReactAnchor

This example demonstrates how to query from Hygraph with graphql-request in React.js.


Deploy with Vercel

npx degit hygraph/hygraph-examples/with-reactjs with-reactjs

Install & Run:

"`bash cd with-react-js npm install npm run dev


cd with-react-js yarn yarn dev ```

Develop with Codesandbox

This video covers the above example of adding GraphQL support to your React application. It uses graphql-request, allowing you to query your content using Hygraph's GraphQL Content APIs.

GraphQL, React.js, and Hygraph are a powerful combination when building Jamstack applications.

To get up and running with querying content from Hygraph using GraphQL in your React application, sign up for a free-forever developer account and start your first project!