At Netsemblage we develop websites according to the JAMStack principle. This means that the publicly available pages - which generally make up the bulk of a website - are generated ahead of time instead of being generated on-demand. This not only greatly improves security and performance, it also reduces impact on the environment significantly.
Websites generated in this manner are commonly referred to as ‘static websites’. This refers to pages being generated ahead of time and the absence of database driven events on the website, not the absence of rich media and animations as they are rendered on the end-user’s device - not the web server.
This doesn’t mean that static websites are unable to handle dynamic content such as secured or paid content, online shopping or social media either - they just handle it in a different way.
Not only does this simplify using different providers for different services, it means that the bulk of the website will never go down for maintenance, never experience security issues and never experience fluctuations in performance.
Another benefit is that your company’s content can exist separately from its outlets (websites and applications) - allowing them to be changed and updated more easily while your content stays unaffected.
We develop mobile first as that influences a sites ranking among search engines, which deem the mobile experience as one of the more important factors in their internal indexes. Using a mobile first approach along with responsive design allows for a consistent user experience across varying screen sizes and devices.
Mobile first + responsive design + progressive enhancement = websites that look good and rank well while being capable of servicing the widest range of customers.
The only framework we do use by default is Hugo - which we feel offers the best combination of features and performance today. It is highly performant, flexible, and energy efficient. Hugo is capable of re-generating websites with hundreds of pages in mere seconds, where others such as Jekyll, Gatsby and Hexo take minutes. This not only allows for fast website updates, it is far more environmentally responsible.
Get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options.