Building Web Applications with Strapi and Overview of Jam Stack.

Purushoth Anandaraja
May 2 · 4 min read

Designing and building a website has become effectively easier than the technologies that were used in previous years. It was all possible due to the vast development of frameworks and CDNs (Content Delivery Network). Web Development does not come to an end as soon as the website is published, the process of continuous development has to be there to keep the customer/user base for any organization. To keep the process continuously live CDN plays a vital role in managing web applications/sites.

(Left) Single server distribution (Right) CDN scheme of distribution. [Source: Wikipedia].

The main purpose of the concept of CDN is to serve as a service to deliver content to the end-users from large enterprises. instead of having a centralized server distribution, a CDN helps any large enterprises to deliver the content to its end users by offering services like video streaming, software downloads, web and mobile content acceleration etc.

CMS (Content Management System)

A Content Management system is software used to manage and recreate digital content that is present in a CDN. The main role of CMS is to include content in a web site/application like video, text, image, graphics and program that would further enhance the interaction with the end-users. Apart from the traditional CMS, there is a new concept called headless CMS that is being a trend in the past few years. This concept is preferably used in many organization in CMS because the main priority is given to the storage and structured content delivery. The name headless was derived because the head (frontend) of the application is not being focused and only the backend content is managed for consistent operation. Below is a comparison of traditional and headless CMS which might depend on certain people’s requirements.

Comparison of traditional and headless CMS. [Source: Internet]

Jamstack

Jamstack is a modern architecture that provides a simpler developing experience with main pros like High performance due to the availability of CDN services, so the reloading of the pages on the site is quicker than the traditional CMS. Scalability to manage huge load capacity during unexpected times to run the application and make it available for all the end-users. Jamstack offers the Portability to host vendors from preferred hosting services making the website a Jamstack site. The developer experience is greatly offered from the Jamstack makes novice developers try out using the tool with the widely used and available framework and deployment tools. As a new developer to Jamstck, all you need is efficiency and effectiveness to try it out. More benefits are available in the link about Jamstack. [would recommend having a look before getting started in Jamstack]

Strapi

In Jamstack there are more than 80+ headless CMS such as Ghost, Strapi, Netlify CMS, Direcrtus, Ponzu etc, but my favourite among the list is Strapi. Strapi is a leading Javascript headless CMS that was created with a developer-first perspective.

Since Strapi is an open-source CMS the source is available in Github for anyone and it is also maintained by hundreds of contributors. Therefore strapi has a strong contributing community for any discussions. Strapi is also customizable where you can customize from the admin panel to API. So that a developer can extend their content with custom plugins within less time.

Strapi is a self-hosted headless CMS where data privacy or control of data by the user is a total advantage and the user themselves has everything under control at all time. This also supports popular RESTful and applications and GraphQL libraries to support the client-side. The highlight of the feature is it also support IoT or mobile devices through these REST applications.

The above mentioned are only a few uses of using Strapi for headless CMS for any type of web application. I also encourage you all to try Strapi to experience the features and privileges provided by Strapi. This concludes this blog about web development and headless CMS.==== Cheers!!!:)====

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