How To Develop and Build Next.js App with NodeJS Backend

Learn How you develop and build with an example project

Bhargav Bachina
Bachina Labs
Published in
9 min readDec 5, 2020

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There are so many ways we can build Next.js apps and ship them for production. One way is to build the Next.js app with NodeJS or Java and another way is to build the Next.js and serve that static content with NGINX web server. With NodeJS we have to deal with the server code as well, for example, you need to load the index.html page with the node.

In this post, we will see the details and implementation with the NodeJS. We will go through step by step with an example.

  • Introduction
  • Prerequisites
  • Example Project
  • Just Enough NodeJS For This Project
  • Development Phase
  • How To Build Project For Production
  • Summary
  • Conclusion

Introduction

Next.js is the React framework for static websites, the JAMstack, Production, Desktop, Lightweight Apps, Pre-rendered apps Mobile Web, etc. There are so many advantages using Next.js for your react application such as Pre-Rendering made easier, Exporting a static website with a single command, including CSS in JS code, very less configuration, fully extensible, and optimized for smaller builds, etc. You can get more information on their website here.

React.js is a library, not a framework so that you have to lot of things on your own and there is no specific way to do these as React is not opinionated like Angular. In this post, you can learn how fast we can develop React web application with the Next.js framework.

Next.js is a javascript framework for building web apps and it doesn’t load itself in the browser. We need some kind of mechanism that loads the index.html (single page) of the Next.js application with all the dependencies(CSS and js files) in the browser. In this case, we are using the node as the webserver which loads Next.js assets and accepts any API calls from the Next.js UI app.

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