Mar 06, 2020

Jamstack gets a boost with Netlify's rapid growth

Netlify Jamstack

Netlify, a cloud computing and hosting service for static websites, raised $53M in its recent Series C round. With its latest round of funding, Netlify plans to accelerate its battle against monolithic web architecture.

Nearly one million developers. Netlify boasts more than 800,000 developers on its platform, a huge leap from its 300,000 developers back in 2018. Consumers are gaining exposure, too: it's estimated that 8% of the internet population visits a Netlify-hosted site each month.

Netlify is redefining web development: Netlify lets developers quickly create websites by connecting Git repositories to its global application delivery network through continuous deployment.

Developers simply push code for their static websites to a source code repository. Netlify listens to changes in a codebase, triggers a new build, and then distributes that updated website to its servers.

Welcome to the Jamstack: Netlify has grown in popularity alongside the Jamstack—a modern modern web development architecture based on client-side JavaScript, reusable APIs, and prebuilt markup. As a result, developers don’t need to worry about infrastructure.

From the CEO of Netlify: "We're not trying to make managing infrastructure easy. We want to make it totally unnecessary."

Will it work? Static sites have made serious progress over the last few years, providing a viable alternative to server-side tooling like WordPress, Django, and Ruby on Rails.

Still, WordPress installations alone account for 37% of all websites, leaving plenty of room to grow for static websites. Netlify’s revolution is likely just beginning.

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