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Discussion on: Svelte for Sites, React for Apps

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JQuery is still a lot heavier than svelte. I'm not sure if WordPress websites ship with JQuery by default or something, but if you can remove it then I'd explore replacing it with svelte. components are just much nicer to write with, tho that is a subjective opinion

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Andrea Di Minico

Worpdress websites all ships with jQuery, and all the frontend depends on it, specially if there are using a template. Replacing jQuery on a Worpdress website will be a big headache because you need to replace everything of every additional plugin. Also if the client is using Woocommerce is something is not worth doing, in my opinion.

The only way to use Wordpress effectively with React/Svelte would be as an API endpoint or, let’s call it as a headless CMS.

The new Wordpress builder block is also made with React, so there is better tooling with React around Wordpress, at least at the moment.

At the end of the day what is important is regardless of what you use:

  • are you happy with the DX of the the tools you are using
  • is the client happy
  • are the clients users happy
  • clients and end users does not care what is working behind, they just care if it works well or not