August 12, 2019
When do static site generators like Next.js, Gatsby and Hugo makes sense over more common dynamic web apps, like WordPress and Joomla?
There was once a time before content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal when static site generators (SSG) were used, and this is way before the web became ‘dynamic’ …and Gandalf was just a young nerd, still messing around in wizard school -catch all new episodes of ‘you shall not CLASS’, Wednesdays at 8pm.
You can google SSG vs. CMS for more information but essentially…
Static site generators like Hugo, Gatsby, and Next.js to name a few, “…work by pre-creating all the pages in that site, so that when the pages are loaded they are actually just normal HTML pages rather than pages created on the fly like what you see with WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla”. The advantages include less server resources vs. on-the-fly created pages on CMS and better security because only system Admins can generate pages.
Content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, “generate their pages on the fly, these are what we used to call ‘dynamic’ web pages”. So, when you call up an article, the CMS generates the page on-the-fly. Now, technically this is a huge drain on the server but with servers becoming more and more popular, it’s negligible and as far as security, we would say the sites like WordPress are pretty safe.
The VLOG goes into real comparisons and the nitty-gritty of SSG vs. CMS, complete with PROs and CONs, it’s really worth checking out. Also, if you find this really interesting, you should check out our web stack course (Links below).
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