Calypso – a new start for WordPress

November 24, 2015 10:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With Calypso, WordPress is taking on head on, at full speed.

Calypso is the new front-end – a beautiful redesign of the WordPress dashboard using a single-page web application, powered by the REST API. Calypso is built for reading, writing, and managing all of your WordPress sites in one place.


Calypso is a pure JavaScript platform that uses Node.js as its server and React to offer a fully responsive Web experience.

Jetpack plugin is required in order for Calypso to work.

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Here is a good news. For users who host their own version of WordPress, Automattic will host the Node.js portion of the code on their own server, with which the Jetpack plugin will communicate, freeing up web hosts from having to support Node.js.

Dance to Calypso

Will PHP be abandoned?

The Story Behind the New

WordPress is however in the process of introducing a REST API directly into the core product (no plugin required) and that’s where the really interesting things will come from.

You could for example write a Calypso-like front end for your website (Calypso is an admin interface) and that’d mean that a user visiting your website would never see a PHP-powered page. WordPress would just be silently chugging along in the background handling the REST API requests and storing all of your data.

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