Step-by-Step Guide for React Theme Deployment

Launching a React theme on shared hosting can seem daunting, but with this step-by-step guide, you'll have your React app up and running in no time. This guide is tailored for beginners, providing easy-to-follow instructions to help you launch your React theme seamlessly.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • Access to a shared hosting account with cPanel or SiteWorx
  • An FTP client like FileZilla
  • Your React theme ready for deployment
  • Basic understanding of React and web hosting

Step-by-Step Guide to Launch React Theme

Before you can deploy your React theme to a shared hosting server, you need to ensure that it is ready for production. This involves building the production version of your React app locally, which optimizes your code for performance and prepares it for deployment.

  • Ensure your React theme is ready for deployment:

    • Review your React project and make any necessary final adjustments to your code.
    • Remove any development-specific dependencies or configurations.
  • Build the production version of your React app locally:

    • Open your terminal or command prompt.
    • Navigate to the root directory of your React project.
    • Run the following command to create a production build.
npm run build

This command generates a build folder containing optimized and minified files ready for deployment.

Access Your Hosting Account

Next, you need to access your hosting account to upload the production build of your React theme. Depending on your hosting provider, you may use either cPanel or SiteWorx.

  1. Log into cPanel or SiteWorx:

    • Use your hosting account credentials to log into the control panel provided by your hosting service.
  2. Navigate to the File Manager:

    • In cPanel, find and click on "File Manager."
    • In SiteWorx, locate the "File Manager" option in the navigation menu.
    • The File Manager allows you to manage your website's files and directories.

Uploading Your React Theme

With the File Manager open, you can now create a directory for your React theme and upload the production build files.

  1. Create a new directory for your React theme:

    • Within the public_html directory (or equivalent), create a new folder. You can name it something like my-react-app.
    • This directory will house all the files for your React theme.
  2. Upload the build files to this directory:

    • Use the File Manager's upload feature to upload the contents of the build folder to your newly created directory.
    • Alternatively, you can use an FTP client (such as FileZilla) to transfer the files from your local machine to the server.

Configuring the Server

After uploading the files, you need to configure the server to ensure your React app runs correctly. This may involve adjusting file permissions and updating the .htaccess file.

  1. Adjust file permissions if necessary:

    • Ensure that the files and directories have the correct permissions (usually 644 for files and 755 for directories).
    • You can adjust permissions using the File Manager or an FTP client.
  2. Update the .htaccess file to serve your React app correctly:

    • Within the root directory of your React app (my-react-app), create or edit the .htaccess file.
    • Add the following rules to handle routing correctly.
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteBase /my-react-app/
  RewriteRule ^index\.html$ - [L]
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteRule . /my-react-app/index.html [L]

Running Your React Theme

Finally, you need to verify that your React theme is running correctly on the server and troubleshoot any issues that arise.

  1. Access your site via browser to ensure it is running correctly:

    • Open your web browser and navigate to the URL where your React theme is hosted (e.g.,
    • Ensure that your site loads correctly and functions as expected.
  2. Troubleshoot any issues:

    • If you encounter any problems, check the browser console for errors and refer to the troubleshooting section of this guide.
    • Common issues may include file permission errors, missing dependencies, or incorrect configurations.

Making Revisions Post-Launch

Once your React theme is live, you might need to make updates and improvements to keep your site current and functional. 

To make changes to your React theme after it has been launched, follow these steps:

  1. Make changes to your React app locally:

    • Open your local React project in your preferred code editor.
    • Implement the desired changes to your React components, styles, or other files.
    • Save all changes.
  2. Rebuild the production version:

    • After making changes, open your terminal or command prompt.
    • Navigate to the root directory of your React project.
    • Run the following command to create an updated production build.
npm run build

This command will regenerate the build folder with your updated React app.

  1. Upload the updated build files to your server:

    • Log into your cPanel or SiteWorx account and open the File Manager.
    • Navigate to the directory where your React theme is hosted (e.g., public_html/my-react-app).
    • Use the File Manager's upload feature or an FTP client to upload the new build folder contents, replacing the old files with the updated ones.

Testing Changes

After uploading the updated build files, it is essential to verify that your changes are live and working correctly. 

  1. Verify changes are live and working correctly:

    • Open your web browser and navigate to the URL where your React theme is hosted (e.g.,
    • Check that the changes you made are visible and functioning as expected on your live site.
  2. Clear browser cache if necessary:

    • If your changes are not visible, clear your browser cache to ensure you are seeing the most recent version of your site.
    • You can usually clear the cache by accessing your browser's settings or using keyboard shortcuts (e.g., Ctrl+Shift+R or Cmd+Shift+R on most browsers).

Your React Theme Deployment

Deploying a React theme is just the beginning of your web development journey. Continuous learning and experimentation are key to mastering the deployment process and enhancing your skills. Explore new tools, try different hosting environments, and keep up with the latest best practices in React and web development.

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