Written by: Tony Pease, CEO
The most common languages and content delivery networks (CDNs):
- Back end: Node.js, Deno, or anything with an API.
- CDN: Vercel, Cloudflare, Akamai, or Fastly.
Jamstack’s core principles:
- The front end is built using a static site generator.
- The back end is integrated with APIs and can also be run using serverless functions.
- The experience is progressively enhanced sight content is introduced as needed, increasing overall site performance in the browser.
The benefits of using Jamstack as a web application:
- It’s faster. Jamstack serves pre-built markup and assets over a CDN.
- It’s more secure. The front and back end are separated, so any security flaws that could be breached in the front end will not lead to the back end where important data is stored.
- It’s more scalable. Since there’s no server-client interaction on the pre-rendered pages, served up as static pages, the CDN seamlessly compensates if usage spikes.
The downsides of using Jamstack:
- It requires developers to create content. While this might be a short-term problem, and you can still use WordPress as a CMS, there is a learning curve. Jamstack developers tend to be fresher in their career and there are not as many of them as some of the other web application frameworks.
- The updates will require coding. When your sites require more dynamic features, this will mean you need a back end, the complexity will go from website to web application.
What’s the verdict?
Websites are becoming more complex and API integrations are common. For our more sophisticated websites, Jamstacks with a CMS will continue to gain ground.
According to Web Almanac, only 1% of all websites are built on a Jamstack framework as of 2020. This doesn’t sound like much but it’s up 50% over the previous year. While it isn’t required for simple, information-only sites, we think this Jamstack will be a common framework for the coming years.
Carimus and many other organizations are starting to build practice areas for Jamstack in anticipation of demand. We see the main motivation for demand to increase page load times for SEO performance since web visitors tend to be more and more mobile-first. Let us know if you’d like to hear more about Jamstack.
Carimus is a brand experience and digital transformation agency located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 2013, we provide strategy, creative, and technical services for the world’s leading brands. If you have questions about this article or would like to consult with us on your next technical or brand project, please send us an email at email@example.com.