Published: Apr 24, 2019
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

We've had a bit more experience using Next.js for React codebases since the last time we wrote about it. Next.js is an opinionated, zero-configuration framework that includes simplified routing, automatic compilation and bundling with Webpack and Babel, fast hot reloading for a convenient developer workflow among other features. It provides server-side rendering by default, improves search engine optimization and the initial load time and supports incremental static generation. We've had positive experience reports from teams using Next.js and, given its large community, continue to be excited about the evolution of the framework.

Apr 2019

React.js has revolutionized the way most people write single-page JavaScript applications. Generally, we recommend you use Create React App throughout the application lifecycle so you don't have to configure your setup, builds and packages manually. But some developers will prefer a tool whose initial defaults reflect a sound set of opinions. Next.js is just such an opinionated framework and it is garnering quite a bit of interest among our front-end enthusiasts. Next.js simplifies routing, renders on the server side by default and streamlines dependencies and builds. We're keen to see if it lives up to expectations on our own projects.