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Getting Started with Next.js

Quick Start

Please install our Next.js Getting Started example using the following command:

On MacOS, Linux, or WSL (bash):

npx create-next-app \
-e \
--example-path examples/next/getting-started \
--use-npm \
cd my-app

On Windows with Powershell Core:

npx create-next-app `
-e `
--example-path examples/next/getting-started `
--use-npm `
my-app && cd my-app

NOTE: If you are on Windows, we suggest using Powershell Core and Windows Terminal.

Now, copy the sample environment template:

cp .env.local.sample .env.local

Finally, run the dev server:

npm run dev

You can now visit http://localhost:3000 to see the example site!

Currently, the posts and pages you see are coming from our WordPress site at In the next step, we'll show you how to hook up your own WordPress site.

Connecting your WordPress site

The example app above loads WordPress content from the demo site at

To point it to a different WordPress site, first, make sure you have setup the necessary WordPress plugins.

Once the necessary plugins have been installed, open the .env.local file you created earlier, it should look something like this:

# Your WordPress site URL

# Plugin secret found in WordPress Settings->Headless

Update the NEXT_PUBLIC_WORDPRESS_URL value with your WordPress site URL (be sure to include http:// or https://).

Additionally, update the FAUSTWP_SECRET_KEY value with the secret key found in Settings → Headless in your WordPress admin area to support previews.

The FaustWP WordPress admin interface with a red rectangle around the Secret Key field

Set your Front-end Site URL

To ensure certain features of Faust function as expected, such as previews, be sure to set the Front-end Site URL in the Faust WordPress Plugin Settings. It is the URL to your headless front-end. This is used for authenticated post previews and for rewriting links to point to your front-end site.

  1. Navigate to the Faust WordPress Plugin settings page
  2. Enter in the base url of your headless WordPress site, i.e. http://localhost:3000 or in the Front-end site URL setting
Headless Plugin Settings
  1. Click Save Changes

Finally, set your permalinks to the following structure in WP Admin -> Settings -> Permalinks:

WordPress Admin Settings Page for Permalinks

You can learn more about modifying your permalink structure by viewing the Permalinks Guide.