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Discussion on: Help! I am Overwhelmed With React and It's Preventing Me From Finding A Workflow

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Ali Spittel

I would think of React as just the user interface level. So, instead of using HTML/Vanilla JS you are using React. Normally you'll create an API for your backend and pull from that API into your React app. I normally prefer to completely decouple my front and backends so that this process is streamlined. In which case, I use static site hosting for my frontend (like Netlify) and whatever for my backend.

Gatsby is awesome for generating static sites using React, especially if you want them to be super performant and/or progressive web apps. Definitely not needed, and React can totally stand alone if needed. I'm not at all familiar with the PHP ecosystem, so I can't help much there. @lkopacz has experience working with React and PHP and can maybe give a better picture there?

@ben posted my React tutorial, and I'm also here for questions!

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Nicholas Fazzolari Author

Thank you for the response. I'm taking some time to sort it all out. I think went a bit too fast and got myself all tangled up in too much too soon and cried out in desperation haha.

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Ali Spittel

Oh no! You got this.