Web Development

How you can save time and reduce costs by utilizing the Jamstack and Strapi CMS for your next web development project

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Erik Petrov

March 6, 2022

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What is Strapi?

Strapi is an open-source, Node.js-based, Headless CMS that saves developers a lot of development time while giving them the freedom to use their favorite tools and frameworks. Strapi also enables content editors to streamline content delivery (text, images, video, etc) across any device.

Source: Strapi.io

It has an easy-to-use and user-friendly interface, which allows you to create content types directly in your panel.

Strapi has many features out of the box like user authentication, roles, and permissions. This gives the developers more time to work on the actual database and backend structure. There is also a plugin marketplace, where you can find more useful plugins.

Its documentation is very clear and helpful about customizing it and using all of Strapi’s features.

Strapi functions as a backend, which could be consumed through REST API or GraphQL. Therefore it can be paired with any frontend of your choice.

Strapi use cases

At Voidweb we utilize Strapi’s features and benefits to decrease the product-to-market cycle and ensure our time is spent on the right challenges for our clients.

A viable combination with Strapi is a site generator like Nuxt, which gives us an edge with its plugins and style of working.

This technology stack could be used for many business solutions. Often we help our clients build custom e-commerce stores, proof of concept web applications, MVPs, and products.

What is the Jamstack?

Jamstack is an architecture designed to make the web faster, more secure, and easier to scale. It builds on many of the tools and workflows which developers love, and which bring maximum productivity.

The core principles of pre-rendering, and decoupling, enable sites and applications to be delivered with greater confidence and resilience than ever before.

The Jamstack has many benefits like increased performance, cheaper and easier scaling, higher security, and better overall developer experience.

Increased performance comes out of pre-built static pages served over a CDN.

The server-side processes are abstracted into APIs, which has a beneficial effect on security.

By using files generated statically, served through a CDN, you can increase scaling by just leveraging these files in more places, which reduces the cost of scaling and makes it easier.

Often the Jamstack consists of a headless backend like Strapi and a static site generator like Nuxt(Vue.js).

Popular choices for static site generators are Nuxt, Next.js(React.js), Hugo, Gatsby, and more.

Here is a chart based on usage and satisfaction about the major used frameworks.

Tech comparison chart
Source: Jamstack Community Survey 2020–2021

The next chart shows CMS changes in usage and satisfaction.

CMS comparison chart
Source: Jamstack Community Survey 2020–2021

Final thoughts

The web is growing faster and faster and we need to adapt to the new technologies where possible because they would save us time and costs developing our projects and ideas.

These new transitions will guide us through a more innovative web development cycle and evolve us.

At Voidweb we always stay open for new technologies and try to be efficient to make sure we stay ahead of our competition and our clients stay ahead of theirs too.

We make sure our tech stack is reliable and aligned with our client’s specific needs. This allows us to empower their idea with the perfect technology.

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