Oren Farhi

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From Wordpress to React, Gatsby And Netlify - Now In Orizens.com

August 30, 2019

That’s it! Today I switched from my wordpress based website to the JAM stack: React, Gatsby and Netlify. I’ve been planning this migration for months - and i’m quite happy with the both the journy i had and the final outcome. Also, today is my oldest son 10th birthday - and i promised him that as a gesture for his birthday - i’ll upload my new website and so I did.

This article is not about Angular, NgRx - this is actually an intro to a series of articles i’m planning to publish on my journey of migrating my wordpress based website to the new react-gatsby netlify stack.

A year ago, I rememebr reading how static websites have become popular, and how using cloud services and automatic deployment makes the process of publishing a new post that easy. Since then, I was facinated about the idea and started to check out recommendations for new solutions and stacks.

I first read about Hugo and Wordpress - but after reading an intro article - i decided to drop the idea. After a while, I read about creating static websites with our favorite front end frameworks - Angular & React.

Gatsby caught my attention as the “goto” solution - as I was reading articles that combined netlify as both a deployment solution and a free SSL certificate for custom domains - since then, I added an item to my todo list - “migrating from wordpress to gatsby”.

My hosting cycle is renewing each year in November - so, although it’s about two months away from now, and since I made my boy a promise to release this new website on his 10th birhtday, I commited to the plan, and released Orizens.com Version Guy10 (named after my son, Guy). Guy - this is for you - 🥳🎉 Happy Birthday 😊⚽!

Lessons Learned

I learned a lot from migrating to gatsby and using react as well.

  • I rediscovered the component architecture in front end
  • I made a full CI & CD in seconds with netlify
  • I decided to experiment with a Bulma new css framework v0.7
  • I learned some graphql

Soon, the develpoment of my new website was available offline, fast, easy to update and deploy. Whenever I had to make a change and update, i did that instantly.

However, there were some caveates as well - like with anything you start out from scratch and have to read lot, trial and discover. Setting up the new dev environment, setting up a contact form, adding new pages, learning the new graphql and the entire gastby eco system, restoring the features i had in my wordpress blog (like using disqus and code highligh) - that’s a lot - but possible. I decided to take it step by step and make the effort to release an initial thourough version that I can improve easily after.

In the next articles there are going to be more code and architecture examples explaining the process i had and some decisions i took while developing the new website.

This article will probably be updated with some new links and information.

Stay tuned for more.


Oren Farhi

Written by Oren Farhi, Senior Front End Engineer & Javascript Consultant, follow me on

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