The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is considered one of the most outstanding novels of all time and depicts the lavish life on Long Island during the Roaring Twenties. The novel revolves around the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. But what is hidden behind his lavish parties, the steady stream of alcohol and jazz music? Immerse yourself in the glamorous life of the Jazz Age and find out for yourself.F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) is one of the foremost American writers of the 20th century and has written, among other things, the classic novel The Great Gatsby and The Night is Sweet. In his works, Scott Fitzgerald set the tone for the 1920s “Jazz Age”, of which he and his wife Zelda were an important part.

Intro to Building Websites with Gatsby and WordPress (Fast and Static)

How does a typical dynamic website, like the one based on WordPress, work? When a visitor enters a URL in a browser or visits your website through a link, a request is sent to your web server.

The server collects the necessary data through the necessary database queries and generates an HTML file for your browser to display. Static sites, on the other hand, store these responses in a flat file on the server that is sent directly to the visitor.

What is Gatsby?

WordPress creates dynamic websites, which require a stack of PHP, MySQL, and Apache or Nginx on the server to run. It is possible to create a static version of WordPress by generating a list of HTML pages for all the content on your site.

This static version of WordPress is called headless WordPress or serverless WordPress. This conversion process is done only once so that the same page can be served to visitors multiple times. How do you convert your WordPress site to a static version? This is where Gatsby comes into the picture.

Gatsby, or GatsbyJS, is a static site generator built with ReactJS and powered by GraphQL. Gatsby enables anyone to create feature-rich websites and applications. Gatsby fetches data for your site from a variety of sources including existing websites, API calls, and flat files through GraphQL, and builds a static site based on configuration settings specified by you.

Gatsby has developed only a year ago, but a large number of users tried Gatsby. Gatsby has found acceptance in a variety of settings. The homepage of the Airbnb Data Science and Engineering Blog is powered by Gatsby, although the actual blog posts are hosted on Medium.

Braun is a brand of consumer goods company P&G. The Canadian site is hosted with Gatsby, while the search functionality on the site is powered by React.

In addition, Gatsby has tickled the interest of freelancer developers for their portfolios as well. A portfolio like Jacob Castro’s has mainly static content and links to work and contacts via email, making a static site suitable for their needs.

Why Choose Gatsby?

Generating a static site with Gatsby on every change requires JavaScript, which can also be done on the local machine before moving the static files to the site.

Why Avoid Gatsby?

For example, comments should be hosted externally through a service like Disqus.

Contact forms should also be redirected through external partners such as Google Forms. In short, you will lose direct control over such dynamic content, because the response is not stored on your server.

Static websites are great for those looking for a low-cost solution, with high security. Some use cases are portfolio websites for freelancers and product demo sites.

If you think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, great! We will now try to set up Gatsby to integrate with our WordPress site.

The latest version of the Gatsby site that we built in this tutorial is available on GitHub for your use.

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