Gatsby: Why You Should Be Using It

You’ve heard a lot lately about this new-fangled Gatsby technology driven by React, and you’re wondering how it applies to your role as a developer? Gatsby development is simple, and its static nature provides enhanced speed and security in comparison to sites that rely on PHP or CMS systems to generate content at runtime.

Gatsby is Developer Friendly

Gatsby is Developer Friendly

The Gatsby project philosophy to be easy to use for developers. By incorporating tools like GraphQL, Webpack, and ReactJS, and you can quickly find, and elegantly display the data you need. Realtime development feedback is available through Gatsby-CLI, saving you time and helping you optimize code as you go.

Gatsby is Secure

Static Sites are Secure

You generate all sites in your development environment, output into static HTML. This prevents bad actors from being able to access databases or inject malicious PHP code into forms or other attack vectors. We’re all working together to build a safer web for everyone, and Gatsby is an excellent tool in that fight.

Gatsby is Fast

Static Websites are Fast!

Arguably the most significant advantage of using Gatsby is the increased speed inherent to static HTML pages. You’ll find your projects run faster than even heavily optimized and cached WordPress sites. With Google putting a greater emphasis on page speed than ever before, it’s in your best interest to leverage the power of static sites to remain relevant.

Wait, What’s the Catch?

Sounds great, right? So, what’s the catch? Well, you’ll have to familiarize yourself with ReactJS and Node for starters, as well as a helping of GraphQL. For a traditional LAMP developer like myself, it can seem a little overwhelming at first. Seeing just what these tools are capable of has helped me overcome any obstacles. Especially GraphQL over traditional REST API development.

Ready to Get Started?

If you’ve heard enough and you’re ready to get building, head over to our tutorial on Gatsby development environment configuration. We will set up everything using a step-by-step process.

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