What is Next.js?
Next.js is a flexible React framework that gives you building blocks to create fast web applications.
But what exactly do we mean by this? Let’s spend some time expanding on what React and Next.js are and how they can help.
Building Blocks of a Web Application
There are a few things you need to consider when building modern applications. Such as:
- User Interface – how users will consume and interact with your application.
- Routing – how users navigate between different parts of your application.
- Data Fetching – where your data lives and how to get it.
- Rendering – when and where you render static or dynamic content.
- Integrations – what third-party services you use (CMS, auth, payments, etc) and how you connect to them.
- Infrastructure – where you deploy, store, and run your application code (Serverless, CDN, Edge, etc).
- Performance – how to optimize your application for end-users.
- Scalability – how your application adapts as your team, data, and traffic grow.
- Developer Experience – your team’s experience building and maintaining your application.