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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

Organizing the folder structure

Organizing your new project's folder structure neatly and clearly is incredibly important in terms of keeping your code base scalable and maintainable.

As we've already seen, Next.js forces you to place some files and folders in particular locations of your code base (think of _app.js and _documents.js files, the pages/ and public/ directories, and so on), but it also provides a way to customize their placement inside your project repository.

We've already seen that, but let's do a quick recap on a default Next.js folder structure:

  - node_modules/
  - package.json
  - pages/
  - public/
  - styles/

Reading from top to bottom, when we create a new Next.js app using create-next-app, we get the following folders:

  • node_modules/: The default folder for Node.js project dependencies
  • pages/: The directory where we place our pages and build the routing...