How I learned NextJs in 2 days

How I learned NextJs in 2 days

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Timonwa Akintokun
·May 27, 2022·

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I had recently migrated one of my projects, an open-source called Tech Roadmap from pure HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to ReactJs and was trying to make it SEO friendly for Google and other website crawlers. So I decided to use Helmet to give all the pages unique metatags and React Snapshot to prerender the pages.

The only problem was that React snapshot and its alternative React Snap were not compatible with ReactJs v18, the current version I was on which was a bummer. To fix the problem, I had to either downgrade the version to 17 or below or forget about SEO which I wasn't very happy about. Guess what I did? I learned NextJs instead.

I learned how to use NextJs in 2 days with the help of Codevolution's NextJs playlist on Youtube (which is an awesome course by the way) and used the 3rd day to migrate the web app, all 7 pages to NextJs.

It was quite an exciting experience for me as I found NextJs quite easy to use given my ReactJs background and that NextJs is a framework for ReactJs.

I thought I was in love with ReactJs before, but now I'm even more in love with it because of Nextjs, and moving forward I will try to use NextJs as much as I can.

By the way, Nextjs is a ReactJs framework that makes working with ReactJs easier and faster because of the unique features it comes with like

  • automatically defining your routes for you,
  • prerendering your pages by default which is good for SEO,
  • there is no need for 3rd party packages to inject metatags into your different pages as it has its inbuilt package for that,
  • using CSS modules that allow you to scope CSS styles to a particular component so you don't have to worry about your style rules clashing and many other nicest feature.

If you are already familiar with ReactJs, I urge you to try using Nextjs. It would make coding so much easier and also make the online presence, SEO-wise, faster and better for whatever web app you are building. I will write more about NextJs later but for now, enjoy my mini-article/note.

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