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WordPress and Jamstack

I recently moderated a panel at Netlify’s virtual Jamstack Conf that included Netlify CEO Matt Biilman and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg. The whole thing was built up — at least to some — as a “Jamstack vs. WordPress” showdown.

I have lots of thoughts of my own on this and think I’m more useful as a pundit than a moderator. This is one of my favorite conversations in tech right now! So allow me to blog.… Read article “WordPress and Jamstack”

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Weaved Webs

There is a bit of an irony with Jamstack.

The concept is simple: you put pre-rendered, static files on web hosting (a CDN) designed to do that well. That’s it. If you need to do more, anything you do from there is done with client-side JavaScript, which is likely talking to serverless functions because that’s the spiritual partner to Jamstack on the back end. I heard Guillermo Rauch say at Smashing Conf the other day that it isn’t exactly a … Read article “Weaved Webs”

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Going Jamstack with React, Serverless, and Airtable

The best way to learn is to build. Let’s learn about this hot new buzzword, Jamstack, by building a site with React, Netlify (Serverless) Functions, and Airtable. One of the ingredients of Jamstack is static hosting, but that doesn’t mean everything on the site has to be static. In fact, we’re going to build an app with full-on CRUD capability, just like a tutorial for any web technology with more traditional server-side access might.… Read article “Going Jamstack with React, Serverless, and Airtable”

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Comparing Data in Google and Netlify Analytics

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A Community-Driven Site with Eleventy: Building the Site

In the last article, we learned what goes into planning for a community-driven site. We saw just how many considerations are needed to start accepting user submissions, using what I learned from my experience building Style Stage as an example.

Now that we’ve covered planning, let’s get to some code! Together, we’re going to develop an Eleventy setup that you can use as a starting point for your own community (or personal) site.… Read article “A Community-Driven Site with Eleventy: Building the Site”

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A Community-Driven Site with Eleventy: Preparing for Contributions

I’ve recently found myself reaching for Eleventy (aka 11ty) above all other tools when I want to develop a website. It’s hard to beat a static site generator that provides advanced templating opportunities while otherwise getting out of your way and allowing you to just create.

One of those sites is Style Stage, a modern CSS showcase styled by community contributions. Eleventy was perfect for this community-driven project in several ways:

  • Its exceptionally fast builds locally and on
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Queue Jumping in Netlify

Cutting to the chase: if you’re on a Business or Enterprise team on Netlify, you can click a build to make it run next in a queue. For example, if you have a really time-sensitive thing (e.g. a bug fix going to production), it can jump ahead of some random development branch building. Now I’ll elaborate.

Part of the rocketjuice of Netlify is that it runs your builds for you. Say you have a Jekyll site. The build command is … Read article “Queue Jumping in Netlify”

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Building Serverless GraphQL API in Node with Express and Netlify

I’ve always wanted to build an API, but was scared away by just how complicated things looked. I’d read a lot of tutorials that start with “first, install this library and this library and this library” without explaining why that was important. I’m kind of a Luddite when it comes to these things.

Well, I recently rolled up my sleeves and got my hands dirty. I wanted to build and deploy a simple read-only API, and goshdarnit, I wasn’t … Read article “Building Serverless GraphQL API in Node with Express and Netlify”

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Making My Netlify Build Run Sass

Let’s say you wanted to build a site with Eleventy as the generator. Popular choice these days! Eleventy doesn’t have some particularly blessed way of preprocessing your CSS, if that’s something you want to do. There are a variety of ways to do it and perhaps that freedom is part of the spirit of Eleventy.

I’ve seen people set up Gulp for this, which is cool, I still use and like Gulp for some stuff. I’ve seen someone use templatingRead article “Making My Netlify Build Run Sass”

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A/B Testing Instant.Page With Netlify and Speedcurve