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Jamstacked Issue 15

Jamstack's flexibility can be intimidating, however...

Published: Oct 1, 2020


#15 — October 1, 2020

✦ web version

There was still a lot of Wordpress versus Jamstack discussion this week - particularly within the Wordpress community and the tech press. It's worth keeping up with the discussion but I'm gonna be honest - I'm a little over it myself (or maybe just mentally exhausted from last night's US presidential debate). This week I want to focus more on the practice of actually building a Jamstack site.

There are a lot of big and small decisions that go into developing a Jamstack site - perhaps moreso than other architectural options due in part to it not being prescriptive. What SSG will I use? Frontend framework or not? Will I use a headless CMS? Which one? What other services should I use for the various backend APIs of my site...or should I roll my own backend?...

Jamstack's superpower is its flexibility, but that can also be its most intimidating feature. That's why tutorials and articles like the ones listed here are especially important. Thanks to everyone who makes and shares them.

Brian Rinaldi

↘︎ What's Good

Simplify Your Stack With A Custom-Made Static Site Generator
There are a lot of great static site generator (SSG) options, but they often require learning their way of building sites. In the case of a simple content site using a CMS, building a custom SSG may meet all the requirements.

Bryan Robinson

Eleventy and Vue Components - Behind the New Netlify.com
An interesting look at how the new Netlify site that launched in May was built using Vue as the templating tool via a plugin, allowing the site to be built based on components.

Zach Leatherman

Self-Hosted CMSs in Jamstack
Some headless CMS options offer the ability to host them yourself, giving you tighter control of over the data, maintenance and customization. This post goes into detail about some of the options.

Nebojsa Radakovic

Comparing Styling Methods In Next.js
Next.js offers a variety of options for styling on both the global and component level and this article looks at seven options and how to implement each of them.

Adebiyi Adedotun Lukman

✂︎ Tools and Resources

  • Jamstack 101: Using Gatsby with Netlify - A free virtual workshop today at noon ET (GMT-4) for anyone interested in learning to use Gatsby and Netlify.
  • Stackbit Meets Next.js - Stackbit have officially added Next.js support to their site builder and inline editing capabilities.
  • WordPress and The Jamstack - There is No Versus - The latest episode of Netlify's Remotely Interesting podcast takes on the debate.
  • Super - A new commercial service that adds custom fonts, analytics and other features to create a static site using Notion as the editor and content source.
  • Formcake - Another new service designed to handle form submissions in a manner similar to Netlify Forms.

❖ Tidbits

Matt Mullenweg Clarifies Jamstack Remarks
An interview with Matt Mullenweg that I will admit that I was disappointed in because it felt like it didn’t really add any real clarity but did serve to continue the ongoing tit-for-tat.

Sarah Gooding

JAMstack vs. WordPress: Which Is the Future of Web Architecture?
An interview with Ohad Eder-Pressman of Stackbit about his bet with Matt Mullenweg regarding adoption of the Jamstack and why he believes developers will continue to choose it in growing numbers.

Richard MacManus

Matt Mullenweg and Jamstack Community Square Off, Making Long-Term Bets on the Predominant Architecture for the Web
An overview of the whole Wordpress versus Jamstack debate from a Wordpress community site. It leads to a worthy discussion of ways in which Jamstack and Wordpress can be used together.

Sarah Gooding

JAMmed Up, Robert Jacobi
If you are interested in the fair perspective of a member of the Wordpress community on the whole Wordpress versus Jamstack debate, this is a good post to read.

Robert Jacobi

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