It seems like everyone is talking about Netlify & the JAMstack these days.
Now you may be asking, “Why bother?”
Using the JAMstack has huge benefits on performance, scalability, security, ease of deployment, and cost. I won’t really dig into all of these, but I want to talk a little bit about why Netlify and their application of the JAMstack is such a big deal.
With Netlify, for the first time, you can deploy a site FOR FREE and get 1) unlimited bandwidth, 2) a custom domain name (you have to purchase your own domain), and 3) SSL. Never before on such a wide scale have we seen these 3 features together for free (there are Netlify competitors that have appeared now).
This is only economically feasible because of the JAMstack. The restrictions of the JAMstack not only make the economics much better, but they also make so many other things better. Using this method you can do anything from static blog sites with Gatsby, to huge, complex web applications written in your favorite framework.
This whole thing may just sound like a commercial for Netlify, but it’s not (I’m getting nothing from them for saying all this). As a developer, it’s important to understand how the JAMstack is pushing innovation in web development.
This is really just the next iteration of the benefits of cloud computing and using appropriate constraints on development.
New Netlify Course on Thinkster.io
This is why I’m really excited to announce the launch of our latest course: Deploying Apps to Netlify by Preston Lamb. This hands-on course will quickly help you deploy your first application to Netlify and start getting a feel for how much you can benefit from this amazing combination of technologies.
I went through this great course myself and put my first Angular web app (just a hello world app) up on Netlify last week. It was a pretty cool moment to see how easy it all works and start thinking about the possibilities. I got pretty excited honestly! It reminded me of when I first learned about Heroku, which was a big deal back then.
So whether you’re looking for a better place to host your personal blog, or you have a side project idea you want to play around with, or you want to be the hero by saving your company tens of thousands in hosting costs, this course is for you.
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