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Real-World Next.js

By : Michele Riva
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Real-World Next.js

By: Michele Riva

Overview of this book

Next.js is a scalable and high-performance React.js framework for modern web development and provides a large set of features, such as hybrid rendering, route prefetching, automatic image optimization, and internationalization, out of the box. If you are looking to create a blog, an e-commerce website, or a simple website, this book will show you how you can use the multipurpose Next.js framework to create an impressive user experience. Starting with the basics of Next.js, the book demonstrates how the framework can help you reach your development goals. You'll realize how versatile Next.js is as you build real-world applications with step-by-step explanations. This Next.js book will guide you in choosing the right rendering methodology for your website, securing it, and deploying it to different providers, all while focusing on performance and developer happiness. By the end of the book, you'll be able to design, build, and deploy modern architectures using Next.js with any headless CMS or data source.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Next.js
Part 2: Hands-On Next.js
Part 3: Next.js by Example

About using a custom server

As we've already seen, Next.js ships with its own server, so we don't need to configure a custom one to get started with writing web applications with this framework. Still, there are some cases where we may want to serve a Next.js app from a custom web server, such as Express.js or Fastify, and the framework makes this possible by exposing some straightforward APIs that we'll be looking into in just one moment. But before looking at the implementation, let's answer an important question: do we really need a custom server?

The short answer is, most of the time, no. Next.js is such a complete framework that we rarely need to customize the server-side logic via Express.js, Fastify, or any other server-side framework. But sometimes, it is just inevitable, as it can solve specific problems.

Some common use cases for a custom server are as follows:

  • Integrating Next.js into an existing server: Suppose you're refactoring an...