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How to Build a Customized Fron-End for Providence Instead of Pawtucket?

Hi Eevryone

Can you please advise how can I go about building a customized front-end using Wordpress or simple PhP or any other system for my latest version of Providence instance? We want to improve on the default look-and-feel of Pawtucket and want to have a custome designed front end.

I am yet to understand how can I connect my front-end to Providence without using Pawtucket?


  • Pawtucket2 is definitely by far the easiest way. You can use the Web Service API and/or Simple API to connect other external applications:
  • Hi Stefan

    Thanks for the message. Pawtucket2 is yet another confusing thing. If I go to it does not talk about Pawtucket1 or Pawtucket2, it simply ask you to download the latest version of Pawtucket. What are the differences between them?

    Also,are you suggesting that we should still use Pawtucket2 (provided it allows us to customize our look-and-feel) along with these web services?

  • edited April 2016
    Pawtucket2 is a complete rewrite -- a new piece of software. There is no public release yet, but we've been using it for most of our projects for the better part of 3 years. We still support the old Pawtucket for a couple of legacy applications some of our clients run but for anything new, you should be using the new software.

    You can grab the code from GitHub:

    If you're using Pawtucket2 you don't need to use the web services. You have direct PHP API access to the data. You can customize the look and feel to whatever you want by developing your own theme. That has (arguably) gotten a lot easier with Pawtucket2, although documentation is sparse because we use it mostly internally.
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