Jamstack: The Modern Approach to Building Websites

Once a simple buzzword that only experienced website development experts used, Jamstack has grown to become an ecosystem of web design tools and progressive web apps. JAMstack is a modern approach to building websites, and it’s an acronym that stands for JavaScript, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and Markup.

For us at Fourmangos, Jamstack has offered an enormous step forward in website design for our clients with a vast array of benefits.

Advantages of Jamstack

Jamstack refers to a website development architecture that allows developers to rely on a static website’s advantages. This includes better security benefits and web performance while still having the dynamic attributes of a database-oriented CMS without the database.

Jamstack enables the developer to create fully dynamic sites while the real assets are pre-rendered static files deployed on CDN. Client-side JavaScript handles the dynamic side of the site, which is usually run through serverless functions.

The Difference Between Static and Dynamic Dev Process

In the early 2000s, four open-source components were used by developers to build websites. These included the Linux operating system, the Apache HTTP server, PHP language, and MySQL database. The way things work for LAMP stack-built websites is that when the user requests a page, the server must first query a database and combine the result with data from the page's plugins and markup, which will generate an HTML document in the browser.

Jamstack websites serve pre-built markup and optimize assets faster. There is no need to query the database as the files have already been compiled and served to the browser from a CDN. This means the Jamstack workflow can drastically reduce development hindrances and excess maintenance.

Static or Dynamic?

Jamstack is neither static nor dynamic. While the end product of Jamstack websites is static files, those files are not without dynamic functionalities, comments, forms, payment gateways, etc. The best way to explain Jamstack is server-free, and this means the browser does not need the help of servers to handle dynamic parts first.

For more information on Jamstack and how it can improve your website design, contact Fourmangos today.

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