Uptime: Because JAMstack websites are served as static files, they can be easily distributed across a globally distributed network of servers using a content delivery network (CDN). This makes them highly available and resilient to server outages or failures.
Speed: JAMstack websites are fast because they are served directly from the CDN without any server-side processing or database queries. The lack of server-side processing also reduces latency and improves the overall user experience.
Security: Since JAMstack websites do not rely on server-side code, there are fewer potential attack vectors for hackers to exploit. Additionally, since there is no server-side code running, there is less risk of vulnerabilities due to outdated software or misconfigured servers.
However, on the other hand, there are also reasons why some people prefer server-installed website applications:
Flexibility: Server-installed applications offer more flexibility and can handle complex dynamic content and interactions. They can also be easily scaled and customized to meet changing requirements.
Ease of use: For people who are familiar with server-side programming, server-installed applications may be easier to work with, as there is a wealth of existing software and tooling available.
HOWEVER, you are swapping ease of use for speed and security, in most cases.
Integration: Server-installed applications can easily integrate with other software and systems, such as databases and content management systems. This makes it easier to manage and update content and data on a website.
HOWEVER, you are swapping plug + play integration for plugin support and maintenance.
In conclusion, the choice between JAMstack and a server-installed website application often comes down to the specific requirements and constraints of a project. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses, and the right choice will depend on the particular needs of the website or application being built.
Nick BonannoCEO, Senior Advisor
Nick started his 17+ year career in digital media, advertising and technology as a freelancer, developing small brochure websites, and implementing basic SEO strategies, mostly for friends that were starting companies. Fast forward to today, Nick is highly regarded as a leader in his space, having worked on both strategic initiatives as well as execution for brands such as ExxonMobil, Yum! Brands, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 7Eleven, and many more global brands. His passion lies in aligning strategy with organizational goals and interpreting the voice and vision of the client's brand through enhanced customer insight and data management.
When he isn't working on a fun new project, Nick keeps busy with his wife and two boys. He coaches his youngest son's soccer team, and volunteers for Operation Bliss and the Greater Dallas Veterans Foundation.
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