Nov 22, 2019

How do you take down an 800-pound gorilla in web development?

Gatsby and the 800-pound WordPress gorilla

Gatsby, creator of the eponymous open source static site generator, announced the launch of a new cloud offering to help developers build and deploy Gatsby-based websites. Dubbed Gatsby Cloud, the new tool strengthens Gatsby in its attack on the WordPress-dominated web.

As Gatsby continues its meteoric rise in popularity, what happens next could forever change how the web is built.

WordPress still powers a staggering portion of the internet—roughly 34% of all websites. Developers appreciate the richness of the WordPress ecosystem and ease of getting started.

Web development is changing, though. Developers are foregoing traditional development stacks, such as the LAMP stack that WordPress depends on, in favor of modular applications. When engineers want to add to their websites features like search, payments, or ecommerce, they turn to modular and API-first tools like Algolia, Stripe, and Shopify.

Gatsby excels at orchestrating these modular services.

Known as a content mesh, Gatsby provides an infrastructure layer that stitches together content systems for easy development and deployment. For example, developers can add Gatsby’s Shopify plugin to pull product listings and data when building their website.

Now, Gatsby Cloud is the next step in expanding that content mesh.

With Gatsby Cloud, users have access to cloud-based quickstarts, real-time previews, CMS integrations, and a new CI/CD solution optimized for the Gatsby web framework that dramatically reduces build time to feel nearly instantaneous.

Overall, Gatsby Cloud creates a richer, more powerful, and more user-friendly content mesh. That brings the Gatsby platform closer to unseating WordPress.

WordPress built an empire by letting developers easily spin up and launch powerful websites. As the most robust and most accessible website building tool available, WordPress stamped out most competition.

With Gatsby Cloud, however, the 800-pound WordPress gorilla starts to look a little more vulnerable.

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