Modern Jamstack with Next.js and the Azure Static Web Apps Service

Web development has come a long way in the past decade, and the Modern Web strives for faster load times, better performance, and more flexibility. The traditional web development approach, where a server renders HTML and CSS templates, is giving way to a new approach called Jamstack. In this article, we'll cover Jamstack, Next.js, and the Azure Static Web Apps Service, along with how these technologies can improve your web development workflow.

What is Jamstack?

Jamstack stands for Javascript, APIs, and Markup stack, a modern web development approach that breaks away from the traditional server-side rendering approach and focuses on better performance, improved scalability, and streamlined workflows. In Jamstack, the web page is served as a static HTML file, which is generated during the build process and then deployed to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for faster and more efficient distribution. This approach eliminates the need for a server, and instead relies on APIs and client-side rendering for dynamic content and interactivity.

What is Next.js?

Next.js is a React-based open-source framework that helps developers build server-rendered and static web applications. Next.js simplifies the development process by providing a set of pre-configured tools and features that minimize the time and effort it takes to develop a Jamstack project. Next.js uses server-side rendering to generate the HTML on the server and then serves it as static files. This approach improves performance, as static files are faster to load than dynamically generated pages.

What is the Azure Static Web Apps Service?

If you're looking for an easy way to deploy your Jamstack project, look no further than the Azure Static Web Apps Service. Azure Static Web Apps is a serverless service that makes it easy to build and deploy static web applications to the cloud with Azure, and it offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Fast deployment: Deploy your applications in seconds with built-in continuous deployment.
  • Custom domains: Use your own domain name to host your websites.
  • Automatic SSL: Get free HTTPS certificates automatically with endpoints powered by Azure CDN.
  • Authentication: Secure your web applications with built-in authentication powered by Azure Active Directory.
  • API support: Use Azure Functions to build APIs and services for your static web application.

How to Use Next.js with the Azure Static Web Apps Service

To deploy a Next.js application to the Azure Static Web Apps Service, follow these simple steps:

  1. Create a Next.js application: Use the create-next-app command (or any other method you prefer) to create a new Next.js application. Make sure it's set up the way you want it, with all the required dependencies and components.
  2. Create a GitHub repository: Create a new GitHub repository and push your code to it. You'll need this repository to connect your application to the Azure Static Web Apps Service.
  3. Create an Azure Static Web Apps resource: In your Azure portal, create a new Azure Static Web Apps resource, and link it to your GitHub repository.
  4. Add a build configuration file: Next.js requires a custom build configuration file called next.config.js to tell it how to build your application. Add this file to the root of your project directory, if it doesn't already exist. Optionally, you can add a vercel.json file to tweak the build configuration even further.
  5. Deploy your application: Once your build configuration file is set up, commit your changes to GitHub. The Azure Static Web Apps Service will automatically detect the changes and deploy your application to the cloud.

Example Next.js Application

Here's an example Next.js application that illustrates some core features:

// pages/index.js
import Head from 'next/head';

export default function Home() {
  return (
        Modern Jamstack with Next.js

Welcome to the Modern Web

Thanks for visiting the Modern CSS website. We hope you enjoy our tutorials and articles on web development, CSS, and more.

); }

This example file demonstrates how to use the Head component in Next.js to add metadata to your web pages, and how to use CSS-in-JS to style your components. You can modify this example to suit your needs, and customize it further with additional components and features.


The Modern Web demands modern tools and technologies, and Jamstack with Next.js and the Azure Static Web Apps Service offers a powerful combination that delivers faster load times, better performance, and improved scalability. As you embark on your modern web development journey, remember to keep experimenting and exploring new possibilities. Web development is an ever-evolving landscape, and the only limit is your imagination.