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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

Serving static assets

Using the term static asset, we refer to all of those non-dynamic files, such as images, fonts, icons, compiled CSS, and JS files.

The easiest way to serve those assets is by using the default /public folder provided by Next.js. In fact, every file inside this folder will be considered and served as a static asset. We can prove that by creating a new file called index.txt and putting it inside the /public folder:

echo "Hello, world!" >> ./public/index.txt

If we now try to launch the server, when we go to http://localhost:3000/index.txt, we will see the text Hello, world! displayed in the browser.

In Chapter 4, Organizing the Code Base and Fetching Data in Next.js, we will take a closer look at organizing the public folder for serving common CSS and JS files, images, icons, and all the other types of static files.

Serving static assets is relatively easy. However, a specific type of file can critically affect your website performance...