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Static Site Generators with React

From Gatsby and Copywriting to Static Site Generators with React

Welcome to our next topic: Static Site Generators with React! In our previous session, we delved into the dynamic world of Gatsby and copywriting.

Today, we'll explore the exciting realm of static site generators (SSGs), particularly those powered by React, and their benefits for building fast, efficient, and engaging websites.

What are Static Site Generators?

SSGs are tools that generate static HTML files from your website's content. This means your website's content is pre-rendered and served to users without the need for server-side processing.

Benefits of Static Site Generators

SSGs offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Faster loading times: No server-side processing means lightning-fast page loads.
  • Improved security: No database or dynamic content means reduced security vulnerabilities.
  • Lower hosting costs: Static files can be hosted on affordable platforms like GitHub Pages or Netlify.
  • Better SEO: Pre-rendered HTML is easily crawlable and indexed by search engines.

Types of Static Site Generators

There are various types of SSGs, each with its strengths and weaknesses. We'll focus on React-based SSGs in this session.

React-based Static Site Generators

React-based SSGs harness the power of React, a popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. They provide a seamless integration with React, allowing you to easily build and render static websites with dynamic content.


Gatsby is a prominent React-based SSG known for its blazing-fast performance and rich plugin ecosystem. It's perfect for building complex websites with data-driven content.


Next.js is another popular React-based SSG that emphasizes server-side rendering (SSR). It allows for a better user experience on first-page load and enables features like code-splitting.


Hugo is a fast and lightweight SSG written in Go. It's known for its simplicity, flexibility, and extensive documentation. Hugo is a great choice for building static blogs and documentation sites.


Eleventy is a modern SSG that combines the power of JavaScript with the simplicity of Markdown. It offers a customizable and extensible platform for building static websites with dynamic content.


Jekyll is one of the oldest and most widely used SSGs. It's written in Ruby and is known for its simplicity and ease of use. Jekyll is a solid choice for building static blogs and personal websites.

Setting up a React-based Static Site Generator

Setting up a React-based SSG involves installing the necessary dependencies, creating a new project, and configuring your build process. We'll walk you through the steps for each SSG in this session.

Deploying a Static Site Generator-generated website

Once you've built your static website, you need to deploy it to make it accessible to the world. We'll cover different deployment options, such as using GitHub Pages, Netlify, and AWS S3.

Optimizing a Static Site Generator-generated website for performance

Performance is crucial for any website. We'll explore techniques to optimize your SSG-generated website, such as image optimization, code splitting, and using a content delivery network (CDN).

Best practices for using React-based Static Site Generators

To get the most out of React-based SSGs, follow best practices like using a consistent coding style, structuring your codebase effectively, and leveraging caching mechanisms.

Next Topic: Angular vs React vs Vue

In our next session, we'll compare three popular JavaScript frameworks: Angular, React, and Vue. We'll discuss their strengths and weaknesses and help you choose the right framework for your next project.

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