You do not need a frontend framework for a website with huge amounts of content.

You need a database for a website with huge amounts of content, but those run alongside your web server. Wordpress sites don't need JavaScript. DEV will happily show you the content with JavaScript disabled. You can run a Google search with JavaScript turned off, too. You don't need JavaScript to have a database-driven app.

JavaScript benefits come in when you're coming up with ways to present or edit the content that aren't already built-in to the browser. "Like Button" flows where you click a button and it does the actual work in the background without a progress bar are a JavaScript benefit. So are Google Maps and other "infinite scrolling" sites, WYSIWYG editors, and shims for new standard features that the browser doesn't implement yet.

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