What is Gatsby JS?

By Ten Squared, posted on the 6th of June, 2021 · 6 minute read

Why is Gatsby So Exciting?

Gatsby JS is an exciting development for web developers, it is a web application based framework based on React JS. It is allowing for a world of new possibilities when creating engaging and interesting websites. The new technologies allow new features such as page transitions and new animations, the freedom for design and development has never been greater. Gatsby can be used to create marketing sites, eCommerce stores, and more.

Further Gatsby JS was designed with SEO, security, accessibility and integrations in mind. Gatsby JS comes as a complete package. Enabling the creation of easily editable websites for clients and an improved overall user experience.

So... How is Gatsby JS Different?

Unlike traditional websites like WordPress, Gatsby doesn't render pages when a user visits it. When a page is completed and published the page is generated into its final form, traditionally a webpage is generated each and every time someone loads it. This means that PHP servers are no longer required for your website.

Gatsby JS also allows for progressive image loading, responsive image loading, inline critical CSS, offline access, page caching, and a number of security improvements over WordPress. Each of these plays their part in improving the overall experience of modern websites.

Hence, this new way of thinking results in a range of benefits from better page speed scores, faster loading times, higher security and better usability. For these reasons, the popularity of Gatsby websites is beginning to rise, and the demand for developers specialising in Gatsby JS has never been higher.

Is Gatsby JS Harder to Code or More Expensive?

Like anything, the difficulty depends on a developers experience, for those familiar with Gatsby JS the development process is about as difficult as alternatives, however, there are a number of ways that over time the development process can be streamlined making it more efficient. Having said this, there are currently no drag and drop editors for Gatsby JS meaning you can't get just anyone to develop you a Gatsby site.

This brings us to our next point. Gatsby JS is a little more complicated than WordPress, if not done correctly their is potential for your SEO to be negatively impacted and you may struggle to find other developers who can fix it. Hence, when hiring a Next Generation website developer it is important to ask the right questions, "how will you ensure my SEO is improved?", "will the current SEO results be preserved?, etc. We are more than happy to guide you and advise whether your web developers are giving the right answer to certain questions.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about Gatsby JS, we are more than happy to help.

To learn more about Gatsby JS or React JS on which Gatsby is based please visit their websites.

To learn more about the benefits of Gatsby JS check out our blog on the top 5 reasons why you should use Gatsby JS for your next website build.

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