Create Nextjs

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React is a declarative model that aids developers in creating interactive UIs. Each component of React defines a part of an application by JSX Syntax. With an increasing number of features available to configure in a project pipeline, and their complexity of configuration, maintenance of React projects can be difficult and time consuming.

Boilerplates such as Create-React-App (CRA), Next.js, and many others were made to solve these problems and cater to an enhanced developer experience.

Which should you use for your React project and why?

This article will dive into Create-React-App, Next.js and when and why you should use each.

  • Create-React-App is a standardized Client-Side Rendering tool used for bootstrapping front-end single-page applications (SPAs) and can be paired with your desired back end, such as Node.
  • By having your application bound to one HTML page that loads the React Apps, errors won’t halt development, dependencies won’t slow you down, and your build folder can be statically deployed anywhere!
  • CRA keeps dependencies, such as Webpack and Babel, inside of react-scripts, and minimizes the tedium of working with transpilers and bundlers. Want to update those dependencies? Just update with the new release of react-scripts and you’re done without touching your webpack configuration.
  • With CRA, you’ll get your time back by eliminating the need for setting up your development environment for your project. Just run a single command, and all the necessary tools to start your project are there.
  • You can begin building your app immediately! Create React App is unopinionated, meaning you have the freedom to use any libraries you prefer.

Install create-next-app globally

CRA also supports Client-Side Rendering to make for simple deployment and application hosting on other sites, such as Amazon S3. If you’re creating a gated application, the perks of server-side rendering are lost.

  • Having an application with only authenticated users benefits from client-rendering, which are cheaper and easier to host. The same principle applies when building web applications with recurring users.
  • Though server side rendering has many perks, CRA allows for caching to speed up load times with less effort than Server-Side-Rendering (SSR).
  • Any desired webpack customization will have to involve a third-party tool, or “ejecting” from the configuration, which will cost you the benefits of CRA.
  • And there are limits to what is supported. If you need something in your project that CRA doesn’t support by default, then you could find yourself in the weeds.
  • The same benefit of easily setting up your development environment becomes a setback by complicating customization. Lastly, Create-React-App struggles with SEO since we are rendering on the client-side, and server-side rendering with CRA will involve a lot of time and effort with setting up bundling, code splitting, page load performance, and more.

Manual Setup

Avoid using CRA for e-commerce or marketing projects. If you’re creating an SPA, your app uses server APIs, you’re looking to start or experiment with React, OR you’re trying a new React project and want freedom of choosing libraries, you might want to use CRA.