Use Cases of WP React Starter
Free WordPress Plugin
Real Custom Post Order (releases in Q1/2020) is a free WordPress plugin, which enables you to create a custom order of posts, pages and other taxonomies in the default WordPress table. It is available at wordpress.org for free. This plugin uses the React frontend of WP React Starter to provide a drag & drop capability of items in the table. The order of the e.g. posts get saved in the database via a REST-API endpoint, which is written in OOP style in the backend of the plugin.
WP React Starter provides in this case not only the core structure of the plugin, but also the publish process on wordpress.org. On merge to the
master branch it continuous deployment process get triggered and automatically publish the plugin on wordpress.org.
Paid WordPress Plugin
The plugin must be able to keep a tree of several thousand files from the media library in the frontend. The advantages of reactive programming are the key to delivering the performance the user deserves. Many alternative plugins suffer from poor performance with many files – we do not.
All communication between the frontend and the database is handled by custom REST API endpoints, which are created in OOP style. A maintainable code is important for these plugins, because the backend has to be deeply integrated into the WordPress Core media library functionality as well as into all common page builders.
Moreover, WP React Starter provides us with the end-to-end process for creation, testing and publishing that we need to quickly publish features and fixes. Exactly what our customers expect from a paid plugin.
Freemium WordPress Plugin
In 2019, we want to create a free version of our WordPress plugin Real Thumbnail Generator, which was a paid only product until then. This step should enable us to reach new customer segments who want to try out plugins on their WordPress instance first and maybe buy a PRO version later. But simply adding an “if-else” to disable features for customers of the free version is not allowed by wordpress.org or the GPL licence agreement. You must remove PRO features from your code for the free version on wordpress.org.
If you are developing multiple WordPress plugins, you may experience the same problems over and over again. In our case we want to use the great Ant Design Library for advanced UI components and at the same time adapt the look and feel of the components to the WordPress (backend) design. We have implemented the necessary steps to achieve this goal – in every plugin again.