Exploring the Benefits and Tools of the JAMstack: A Modern Alternative to Traditional CMSs

Last updated May 23, 2024

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I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with Datalogics, however, one project stands out as a particularly rewarding and educational experience: building a website for our SaaS product PDFRest.

The project began with the task of taking our existing command-line applications and transforming them into a SaaS-based product, starting with an API that would allow users to access and leverage the company's powerful in-house tools to process files I've written a post that goes into more detail here.

With the API successfully launched, it was time to bring our product to the web and give our users a more user-friendly interface to access our tools, this is where the fun really began. I led the team in adopting newer technologies like Nuxt, a framework for creating server-rendered Vue.js apps, and the JAMstack, a modern web development architecture based on client-side JavaScript, reusable APIs, and prebuilt Markup, we also used Tailwind CSS for our CSS, DaisyUI for our UI components, and Ghost as our CMS.

One of the major advantages of this stack over the company's previous CMS WordPress is the performance and scalability, with Nuxt and the JAMstack, our website is lightning fast and can handle a large volume of traffic without breaking a sweat, it's also much easier to maintain and update, thanks to the separation of concerns between the front-end and back-end.

Overall, building the website for our SaaS product was a challenging but incredibly rewarding experience, I learned a great deal about modern web development technologies and their capabilities, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked on a massively impactful project for the company.

Additionally, working with a team of skilled and talented developers was a great pleasure, and I am grateful for their contributions to the project. It was a truly collaborative effort and the end result was a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.