Why Are So Many Companies Using React?

By Ten Squared, posted on the 12th of August, 2021 · 5 minute read

Why React?

React has been around now for around 8 years with the latest release at the time of writing occurring on the 22nd of March 2021, in this time the power it has as a platform has been improving each and every year hence, resulting in more and more benefits over legacy technologies. Across the 17 updates, features have become increasingly impressive and the adoption of the platform has spread across large companies.

With the release of Gatsby JS in 2017, the versatility of React JS has expanded yet again. Gatsby Js was created to bring the incredible benefits of React to websites across the internet.

Key Benefits

Faster Development

Most growing businesses are ready to adopt technologies that will help them grow, however, they need to make sense. For many of these large businesses redeveloping their current infrastructure using React simply makes sense. The framework makes developing easy and manageable, not only this but it allows you to do so at speeds faster than previously possible. Additionally, unlike some traditional methods, different developers can work on different parts of a project simultaneously.

Secure

React has been created in a way that makes it fundamentally more secure than traditional alternatives. With a great foundation, additional security measures can be added throughout the development process to ensure your platform is as secure as possible.

Future Proof

Whilst, yes React will feel as incredible as the day you built it for many years with its fast efficient design. However, there is another point to consider. Given React is backed by Facebook and used by millions of developers its sustained popularity means that its use and hence support and updates are here to stay.

Ease Of Use

One of the most loved features of React is its simplicity. Its structure has streamlined the job of programming and has lead to a world of resources becoming available over the years. Just like we saw the growth of WordPress, as more and more individuals and companies embrace React the support communities grow.

Speed

React-based apps are also very fast and user friendly by default. Better user interfaces mean users are more likely to engage with your application. For every company, this is a huge plus.

Top Apps & Websites Using React Today:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Netflix
  • New York Times
  • Yahoo mail
  • Khan Academy
  • WhatsApp
  • Codecademy
  • Dropbox
  • Tesla
  • Uber eats
  • Skyscanner
  • Whatsapp
  • Twitter
  • Salesforce
  • Reddit
  • Cloudflare
  • Github
  • PayPal

Conclusion

In the end, there is no single reason for these companies making the switch but rather there are many reasons why these companies are turning to react, they are reasons you should consider as your company grows. These reasons are the reduced risk, improved efficiency for development. Having said that, there are unique costs associated with upgrading from a legacy platform, these companies were amongst the growing few that were able to identify the long term benefits of upgrading to newer technologies.