Monthly Reports on All Things JAMstack and "No-Stack"

What to Steal from WordPress

Our January 1 Intro Report

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JavaScript and CWV

Online mid-January.

The Headless CMS

A look at what they are and how they work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is JAMstack really a thing?

Honestly, that’s not entirely clear. Using JavaScript on the client side is definitely a thing. Component libraries like React are also a thing. API’s? Yes, a thing. But Markup? Less sure that markup is a critical part of the equation. One thing that’s not in the JAMstack name but that definitely matters: static site generation (or, more generally, decoupling the pieces that make up a web application. So, maybe JADstack? And is “stack” really the right word? 

Will JAMstack sites replace WordPress?

Not anytime soon. For one thing… actually, just check out the report. 

why is this site running on WordPress?

Embarrassing, right? Actually, it’s kind of part of the exercise. There was no question that it would be faster for Robert to spin up a complete site with all the bells and whistles of a modern publication/agency using WordPress. But it’s also a vital question for many folks out there: what’s the path from WordPress to something else? And what is that something else? And what are the pitfalls of getting there? So we’re going to live the transition, talk about it as it goes along, and put it online in our PeakZebra Project (PZP) section. Just thinking about it gives Robert a headache. 

What's With the Agency Thing?

Robert has some twenty years of experience with computer security and is uniquely positioned to help enterprise security vendors with content marketing and SEO, completely tailored for the cybersecurity world. So he works with security (and sometimes IoT) vendors. And a lot of them are going to need to come to terms with the coming shift to Core Web Vitals, meaning they may be thinking about JAMstack transitions, meaning it all ties together in a weird way. 

What is Core Web Vitals?

Google has introduced a number of metrics for web page performance, which it collectively refers to as Core Web Vitals.  By the middle of this year (2021), CWV will be a substantial part of the ranking algorithm Google uses to determine the ranking of pages returned in search query results. If you care about your pages ending up on page one of search results, then you need to give some thought and planning effort to this, because it’s likely to shake things up a bit. Average WordPress sites score low to mediocre on CWV, but it’s possible to build both very fast WordPress sites and sites that tend to be fast out of the gate–most of the serious contenders here are built on JAMstack of one flavor or another. 

Don't Be Shy

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