JAMstack refers, in practical terms, to web apps built using the following stack:
API - All processes on the server-side or database operations act as a custom-built, reusable API that connects to third party services.
Markup - When deployed, the HTML markup is pre-built.
There is a decoupled building and hosting.
A page is requested by a user. The file is already compiled and will be served directly to the browser from the CDN.
Core updates are pushed via Git; the site is entirely re-built by modern development tools such as static site generators (Gatsby, Hugo).
Updates to content are pushed via Git or a static CMS site
For Linux based environments, LAMP is the standard stack. The LAMP stack consists of a Linux operating system (L), an Apache Web server (A), a MySQL database layer (M), and a PHP scripting layer (P). The main challenge is the high learning curve with this stack. This increases the timeline for setting up a working app and can potentially contribute to performance and security issues for applications with concurrent users.
Let's take a look at the other stacks and see how JAMstack manages its awesomeness in order to grasp JAMstack better. Before their development, developers used various methods to set up web sites and applications as such.
You have to wonder why we need another tech stack.
I have five easy explanations why you'd like to use JAMstack:
JAMstack driven applications generate pages at deployment as they are mostly stored as markup and can be delivered over a CDN.
Since they are all HTML files and CDN-served external API links, static websites have limited vulnerability potential. The risk of website attacks is significantly reduced by this simple design. It is simple to integrate SSL certificates, and JAMstack can also exploit the use of server-side microservice APIs to secure pages.
Without the hassle of configuring and securing the databases, JAMstack websites can easily be deployed. Developers simply work quickly to get up and run static files.
The simplicity of using architecture and instruments is one of the most important advantages of using JAMstack. With only HTML, CSS, and JS, developers can build complex websites. Using site generators removes the need to maintain a separate stack for content and marketing.
Support for several features appears every day. The production of local community meetings is even more exciting. The online community is also amazing, too.
You can read more about what JAMstack is and how it is allowing the headless tech to thrive.
Published on Cloudways: What is JAMstack? How is it Enabling Headless Tech to Thrive?