xenmaster's jamstack

JAM (Javascript API Markup) stack sites are the new black in the web-development world, so if you are looking to try your hand at the latest trend, take a look at the best tools of the trade, right here in this list.

If you are confused about the value that can come from a JAMStack site, that is because JAMStack is one of the most poorly explained concepts on the web, specifically describing what problem it solves and what solutions it replaces. The purpose of JAMstack is essentially to create the same sort of website Drupal or Wordpress would build for you, but outsource the back-end functionality as much as possible, especially for static-sites, so that developers are focused on front end. This is done by using Javascript to define the front end behaviour, APIs to provide functionality to back-end hosted services, and Markup, which defines formatting. The rest of the stack can be outsourced to external infrastructure, whether it is CDNs for content delivery, back-end-as-service support like Firebase, and CMS used to define content like Contentful. Essentially, all you are left with is text files in a static respository like Github Pages, which is the basis for the site. No webserver is even required because the CDN serves the pages based on what is built from the Github Pages. This results in a significantly reduced attack surface and a super fast website loading time that doesn't rely on a central server for uptime.

Alex Ruiz
Alex RuizList by Alex Ruiz, last updated 2019-06-12
  1. Basic front-end languages

  2. HTML icon

    HTML is the World Wide Web's core markup language. Originally, HTML was primarily designed as a language for semantically describing scientific documents. Its general design, however, has enabled it to be adapted, over the subsequent years, to describe a number of other...

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    HTML screenshot 1
  3. CSS icon

    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g., fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • CSS
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  4. JavaScript icon

    JavaScript (sometimes shortened to JS) is a lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions, most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but also used in many non-browser environments.

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    JavaScript screenshot 1
  5. Javascript front-end tools and frameworks

    The actual building of the front end can be done with javascript with the React Framework. NextJS is the starting point for building static server-rendered sites on the front end, with Gatsby being used as a full fledged Static Site Generator. There are Vue tools that do the same thing, but they are not as mature (yet).

  6. React icon

    A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    React screenshot 1
  7. Next.js icon

    Next.js gives you the best developer experience with all the features you need for production: hybrid static & server rendering, TypeScript support, smart bundling, route pre-fetching, and more. No config needed.

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    Next.js screenshot 1
  8. React Native icon

    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about — learn once, write...

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    React Native screenshot 1
  9. Gatsby icon

    Gatsby provides development teams an open source frontend framework for creating dynamic, optimized websites and a cloud platform for delivering them on a blazing fast edge network.

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    Gatsby screenshot 1
  10. javascript build tools

    Standard tools for building the front-end, including a task runner, transpiler, module builder, and package manager.

  11. Babel icon

    Babel is a generic multi-purpose compiler for JavaScript. Using Babel you can use (and create) the next generation of JavaScript, as well as the next generation of JavaScript tooling.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Node.JS
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    Babel screenshot 1
  12. npm icon

    npm is a package manager for Node.js that is run through the command line and manages dependencies for an application. It is the predominant package manager for Node.js.

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  13. Gulp.js icon

    Automate and enhance your workflow.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Node.JS
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  14. Webpack icon

    webpack is a module bundler for modern JavaScript applications. When webpack processes your application, it recursively builds a dependency graph that includes every module your application needs, then packages all of those modules into a small number of bundles - often only one...

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
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    Webpack screenshot 1
  15. Content and Design Management

    These tools will help you manage site design and content, similar to what Wordpress or Drupal do, except without the pesky backend or plugins that could be subject to attack and require constant updates. This service allows your designers to develop a good front-end and content creators to focus on what matters.

  16. Figma icon

    Figma is a vector graphics editor and prototyping tool which is primarily web-based, with additional offline features enabled by desktop applications for macOS and Windows. The Figma Mirror companion apps for Android and iOS allow viewing Figma prototypes in real-time on mobile...

    • Prototyping Tool
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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  17. Contentful icon

    A content management system that enables cross-platform, multi-device online publishing. Businesses employ Contentful to publish editorial content for web apps, mobile apps, and, ultimately, any connected devices.

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    Contentful screenshot 1
  18. APIs

    From search engines to form hosts, discussion boards, and authorization management, the following APIs will plug your website into services that you would normally host yourself, but can function just as well hosted at third parties. Pick as many or as few as you want to add additional functionality to your static site!

  19. Auth0 icon

    You can connect any application (written in any language or on any stack) to Auth0 and define its Connection, the method used to authenticate the users of that application:

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  20. Disqus icon

    Disqus offers the best add-on tools for site owners to power discussions, increase engagement, and earn revenue.

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  21. FormKeep icon

    No iframes, JavaScript embeds, or CSS overrides. FormKeep generates a URL to use as your form's endpoint. Just plug it in to your existing code and deploy. It's really that easyz

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    FormKeep screenshot 1
  22. FoxyCart, SEO Ecommerce, has been built from the ground up by webdesigners, for webdesigners. Easy to integrate. Unbelievably flexible. Full AJAX ecommerce +JSON support. Totally foxy.

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  23. SendBird icon

    SendBird is messaging-as-a-service. It provides the client SDK, chat API, and the backend for apps enabling real-time communication among apps’ own users.

    • Android
    • iPhone
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    SendBird screenshot 1
  24. Snipcart icon

    Using simple HTML markup, turn any existing website into an extensive shopping cart platform. Snipcart allows payment processing, shipping estimates and order management without ever letting your customers leave your website.

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    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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    Snipcart screenshot 1
  25. Stream icon

    Scalable & Fast API for building social networks, activity feeds, news feeds and activity streams. Aggregated feeds, ranked feeds, analytics and personalization all help you improve your app's engagement, retention and conversion.

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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    Stream screenshot 1
  26. Stripe icon

    Stripe helps you create any type of payments flow—from e-commerce to recurring billing and everything in between. Stripe enables you to accept payments in minutes. Stripe makes recurring and subscription-based billing easy.

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    Stripe screenshot 1
  27. SurveyMonkey icon

    With thousands of customers in over 40 countries, there's a good chance that someone you know already uses us. Free: Only 10 Questions and 10 Responses.

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
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    Choose Question Type
  28. swiftype icon

    The easiest way to add great search to your website

    Swiftype is a hosted software service that eliminates the need to create your own search software from scratch, making it possible for any website owner or mobile app developer to add great search to their product. Features inc.

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    swiftype screenshot 1
  29. Twilio icon

    Twilio is a web-service API that lets you use your existing web languages and skills to build voice and SMS applications. We focus on building a simple, powerful, pay-as-you-go communications platform so that you can focus on what you do best.

    • FreemiumProprietary
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    Triggering a function in Twilio Studio
  30. Typeform icon

    Typeform is a tool for generating personalized forms and surveys for various applications like registrations, feedback collection, and quizzes. It offers over 3,000 templates and the option to compare features across different plans.

    • Form Builder
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Intercom
    • MailChimp
    • Trello
    • Autopilot
    • Slack
    • Salesforce.com
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    • HubSpot
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    Typeform screenshot 1
  31. Algolia icon

    Algolia helps product teams connect their users with information by providing the building blocks they need to create fast, relevant, personalized search.

    • Search Server
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Online
    • Android SDK
    • Ruby
    • Python
    • JavaScript
    • AngularJS
    • cURL
    • Ruby on Rails
    • Node.JS
    • Objective-C
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    Algolia screenshot 1
  32. Hosting, Content Delivery, and Deployment

    Github is all you need to perform your development process. Github pages is used to host the actual content of your site. The CDN used to serve the page in place of a server like Apache is provided by Amazon while the deployment process is managed by Netlify, replacing CI tools like Jenkins.

  33. GitHub icon

    GitHub is a web-based hosting service for projects that use the Git revision control system. It is written in Ruby on Rails by Logical Awesome developers Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, and Tom Preston-Werner.

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    Homepage
  34. GitHub Pages icon

    A web hosting service made by GitHub, for any static website hosted on GitHub. GitHub Pages doesn't support PHP, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, or any other server-side service.

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    GitHub Pages screenshot 1
  35. Amazon CloudFront icon

    Amazon CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that accelerates delivery of your websites, APIs, video content or other web assets through CDN caching.

    • CDN
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Amazon Web Services
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    Amazon CloudFront screenshot 1
  36. Netlify icon

    An all-in-one workflow that combines global deployment, continuous integration, and automatic HTTPS. And that’s just the beginning.

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    Netlify screenshot 1
  37. Backends

    The following are platforms a user can use to define their backend, outsourced naturally to a third party service provider with API support delivered by the GraphQL technology.

  38. The goal of this library is to provide an easy and fast way to create a GraphQL, Relay compliant server, that can serve multiple projects.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • JavaScript
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  39. Apollo GraphQL icon

    Apollo is a community-maintained open-source GraphQL server. It works with pretty much all Node.js HTTP server frameworks. Apollo Server works with any GraphQL schema built with GraphQL.js, so you can build your schema with that directly or with a convenience library such as...

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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    Apollo GraphQL screenshot 1
  40. Hasura icon

    Hasura makes data access easy, by instantly composing a GraphQL API that is backed by databases and services so that the developer team (or API consumers) get immediately productive. The nature of GraphQL itself and Hasura’s dynamic approach makes integration and iteration easy.

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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This list was created by Alex Ruiz May 25, 2019 and was last updated Jun 12, 2019. The list has 33 apps.

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