It’s really personal preference, but to be honest I haven’t used create-react-app in a while and forgot it existed.
At the end It's better to make it your own way. create-react-app is for fast dev or examples but not for real projects.
That's not necessarily true. I know plenty of enterprit level projects that use React that were created with CRA. As long as you configure and secure it, it's the best solution for making a start on a React project.
I recommend you to read this article:
I couldn't disagree with this more. In a majority of cases you don't need any additional configuration.
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