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Jamstacked Issue 13

WordPress's Matt Mullenweg is no fan of JAMstack

Published: Sep 3, 2020



#13 — September 3, 2020

✦ web version

This week, the co-founder of Wordpress came out with public criticism of the Jamstack. In response, I'd like to say that I think there are really strong reasons to pick Wordpress from the simple onboarding experience to an excellent editing environment, particularly for non-developers. Mullenweg's brief comments touch on these for sure.

But Wordpress has its issues, from plugin bloat, to a tightly-coupled frontend and backend, to security issues often tied to not keeping up with the frequent updates (to the core, to plugins, to PHP, etc). These are things Mullenweg did not discuss and some of the reasons that drove many of us to choose Jamstack based upon our own priorities. Coincidentally, Phil Hawksworth of Netlify wrote a post on why Jamstack is changing web development that ends up being a good counterpoint to Mullenweg's comments.

In the end, it's not a zero sum game. There's room for Jamstack and Wordpress - or even Jamstack + Wordpress, which is why I found the comments needlessly disappointing.

— Brian Rinaldi

↘︎ What's Good

WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg Is Not a Fan of JAMstack
On the one hand, it’s not terribly surprising that the folks behind Wordpress wouldn’t be big fans of Jamstack. On the other, it’s a little surprising given updates that make Wordpress a viable headless backend.

Richard MacManus

Where Does Logic Go on Jamstack Sites?
A look at the four current options for where to put logic that impacts how your page renders - whether that’s done during the build, in an edge function (which, I admit, are new concept to me) or even done at runtime.

Max Kohler

Comparing Data in Google and Netlify Analytics
An interesting look at how the differing approaches of Google Analytics and Netlify Analytics don’t just differ on the margins but can tell very different stories altogether.

Jim Nielsen

6 of The Best Online Payment Service Providers for Jamstack Sites
If you’re looking to build an ecommerce solution using the Jamstack, this post lays out your options in detail, with pros and cons for each.

Nebojsa Radakovic

✂︎ Tools and Resources

  • Frontman - A new Ruby-based SSG created by the team at Algolia that is heavily inspired by Middleman but aims to improve build times.
  • MeiliSearch - An open source RESTful search API inspired by Algolia that you can deploy inside virtual machines, containers or even Lambda@Edge.
  • Smashing Podcast Episode 23 With Guillermo Rauch - What Next.js is and where it fits into a web development workflow featuring the project's co-creator.
  • Twelvety - A pre-configured Eleventy starter project built to be fast.
  • Announcing a Remotely Interesting Podcast - A new podcast featuring the Netlify developer experience team of Sarah, Phil, Cassidy, Tara, Divya and Jason.

❖ Tidbits

Next.js Conf
The folks at Vercel, who created Next.js, are hosting their first ever Next-specific conference on October 27. It’s all online and free.


Why I Chose SapperJS For My Website, And What I've Learned About The Framework So Far
Not a SapperJS tutorial, but instead the author discusses his thought processes on why he didn't use the alternatives and the pros and cons from his initial experience.

Markus Hatvan

JAMstack for All
A good series of posts that cover a range of topics about the Jamstack including comparing it to monolithic workflows and how to choose an SSG, among other topics.

Tapas Adhikary

Building a Minimum Viable Full-Stack with RedwoodJS & FaunaDB
If you’ve been curious about RedwoodJS, this is a detailed getting started tutorial that uses Fauna as a backend.

Anthony Campolo

As always, I welcome feedback or link suggestion via Twitter. Stay safe and healthy! — Brian