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Real-World Next.js

By : Michele Riva
Book Image

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

SEO and performance – an introduction

Since the rise of the first big search engines, web developers have struggled to find a way to optimize their web applications to get better positioning in search results on Google, Bing, Yandex, DuckDuckGo, and many other popular search engines.

With the evolution of frontend web frameworks, things became even more complicated. While React, Angular, Vue (and many others) provide a fantastic way to deal with complex UIs, they make things a bit harder for web spiders, the bots responsible for indexing websites into a search engine. They need to execute JavaScript, wait for the UI to render, and eventually index highly dynamic web pages. In addition, many contents would be initially hidden, as they get generated dynamically by JavaScript on the frontend directly following user interaction.

That caused many problems and made countless developers regret the good old days when the web was essentially server side rendered, where JavaScript...