Jamstack explained in 5 minutes
Have you always wanted to build the web faster, more secure and easier to scale? Well, it is now possible with an approach that we know today as Jamstack. The world is evolving and so are developers and technology.
In this article, we help you understand Jamstack. We explore the needs of Jamstack and what frameworks are part of it, along with learning more about the right Jamstack CMS for you.
What is Jamstack?
— Mathias Biilmann (CEO & Co-founder of Netlify).
Markup is critical because it serves the client as static HTML files at build time. You can use the Static Site Generator to get the source files (eg: Markdown).
What is the need for Jamstack?
Along with growing advancements in web development, Jamstack brings many benefits. Let us explore some of the key benefits as below:
Jamstack decouples frontend and backend. At the same time, there isn’t any software layer or database, which means that the Jamstack is not vulnerable to external attacks.
Sites can be served fully with CDN, hence one gets infinite scalability and flexibility. ignoring heavy server loads and no complex workflows around cache monitoring.
User experience and conversion are very important aspects when it comes to the loading speed of the pages. Jamsack sites solve this by pre-loading the pages beforehand as they are already available over a CDN. This ultimately improves the speed and web performance.
The web pages don’t need to be loaded from an application or web server, which means you do not need to maintain them. It is served directly from a CDN, which results in stable generated sites and hence there are no maintenance tasks.
An added advantage that comes with Jamstack is that you can host the pre-generated sites to a wide variety of hosting services. This makes it portable and super easy to move to your preferred host.
Jamstack does not limit developers to a certain technology or framework, instead, it allows them to build on a wide variety of tools. It also removes the burden of maintaining back-end architecture, so that developers can fully concentrate on the front-end user experience.
There is a wide range of Jamstack frameworks which can be taken into consideration as per your interest and project. Here are some examples of frameworks that are largely accepted by developers around the globe:
Next is an open-source development framework that is built on top of NodeJS. It helps enable react based web apps functionalities such as generating static websites and server-side rendering. With this, you can build performant apps and superfast static websites.
Next also brings in flexibility by making applications enabled to render on the server using its resources. Meanwhile, react renders the content part around the client-side browser.
Server-side rendering, auto-generated routes, improvised meta tags management, and SEO improvement are some of the key features which come with Nuxt.
One of the main advantages of using Vue is simplicity. The core library is only focused on the view layer.
Gatsby is an open-source framework based on react that is mainly used for creating websites and apps. Whether it is a personal site or blog that you're building, or a high-traffic e-commerce store or company landing page, it works for all.
Gatsby has a wide variety of plugins that can be used for various applications and it also allows you to source data from different CMSs, integrates with various tools and helps manage image optimization and loading.
Storyblok for Jamstack
It is clear that the purpose of Jamstack is to align web development with all the modern technologies, which in turn makes it possible to build fast and easy websites and integrations.
Now, let me introduce you to Storyblok, a headless CMS whose architecture decouples the frontend layer from the backend database, making it an ideal Jamstack CMS.
Storyblok gives you the flexibility and ease to work on your project independently. It allows developers to connect with additional channels and services using APIs all while delivering content to end-users with a lightning-fast website. You also get the advantage of Storyblok’s very own powerful Visual Editor, which enables anyone to create once and publish anywhere while optimizing the experience.
You should have a clear idea about Jamstack after reading this post. What next? Thinking of getting started with Jamstack and Storyblok? Then head over to our Learning Hub where we have many resources, guidance and tutorials just for you.
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