React as a library in web development
But not everything is included in React itself. This is a big advantage in terms of flexibility since it allows the developer to decide how to tackle things. However, there are also some drawbacks. Things like routing, server-side rendering and image optimisations need to be added manually. So the developer needs to add these things during the early stages of the project. Some of them are also quite difficult and time-consuming to set up and maintain, such as server-side rendering. However, there is a solution to this. Enter Next.js.
Next.js is a framework built on top of React. It has a lot of great tools built in that extend the React library. Things like server-side rendering (which is great for SEO, by the way), are already set up. Images are automatically optimised so that your website loads almost immediately after opening. It takes just a few minutes to start a Next.js project. That means you have more time left to develop features for your project! As a result, Next.js is a very popular choice for web development.
Features like server-side rendering can be very beneficial for your website in terms of (for example, but not limited to) SEO and security. Much of the page logic happens on the server, so you have more control over that. Since your visitors will see a fully rendered page, web crawlers will be happier than ever!
Looking forward to what’s Next(.js)
At Endare, we value constant learning. Some of our developers have already experimented with this framework and shared their experience and knowledge with the team. Amber's promo website was not only developed in React, but we also used Next.js! So be sure to take a look!
Next.js is a real contender when it comes to building fast, secure and SEO-optimised websites and web applications.
Also interested in developing in React or other programming languages? Then be sure to check out our careers page.
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