The creator of the open source Gatsby framework, Gatsby Inc., saw its business explode in 2021 behind a new management team, a solidified end-to-end cloud platform, and now its most impactful launch to date, Gatsby 4 .
BERKELEY, Calif., October 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Gatsby, Inc., creators of the open source GatsbyJS project, today announced the official release of the Gatsby 4 web framework, further strengthening its position as a leader in the front-end framework to provide fastest websites in the world.
Gatsby 4 is positioned at the intersection of two major trends in web development. First, the rapid growth of platforms based on the open source React framework and the Jamstack web development model. Second, the growing adoption of headless CMS and e-commerce platforms. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the headless CMS software market alone is expected to reach over $ 1.62 billion by 2027.1
“Gatsby 4 is the most powerful version of Gatsby to date,” said Kyle Matthews, co-founder of Gatsby. “We’ve made Gatsby 10x faster to build and deploy by opening two new rendering modes, adding support for parallel query processing, and making a host of other optimizations and improvements. “
Gatsby 4 introduces a host of new features, including new page rendering modes, parallel processing of requests, and improved Gatsby Cloud preview images.
New page rendering modes: deferred site generation (DSG) and server-side rendering (SSR)
With the release of Gatsby 4, Gatsby users can now choose the optimal page rendering strategy that works best for them. With the introduction of Deferred Static Generation (DSG), developers can now choose which pages to create immediately at build time, which affects the length of development cycles, and which to defer at run time – no longer requiring only one request before the content is cached and pushed to the edge. This new method of lazy rendering will open up Gatsby to a larger audience that may require more flexible approaches to page and site creation times. It also unlocks the benefits of static site generation even for larger sites.
Gatsby 4 also supports server side rendering (SSR), giving developers the choice of generating content at build time, like with static site build, or at run time. With SSR, teams can now run more efficient A / B tests, customize content, and more, all while using the Gatsby framework. (Learn more about Gatsby 4’s new rendering modes)
“We moved our site to Gatsby Cloud knowing that improvements to Gatsby 4 would cut our build times by 40%,” says Stijn Polfliet, senior director of developer and web activation at New Relic, Inc. “ This gives our developers a better authoring experience while also giving site visitors a faster overall experience, which they expect from a Gatsby site today.
More speed: processing requests in parallel
Gatsby 4 also introduces support for parallel query processing, allowing a multithreaded approach to one of the most computationally intensive parts of the website building process. Internal teams dubbed this feature “ridiculous mode” because of the dramatic changes in build times they saw in testing. (Learn more about Handling Gatsby 4’s parallel queries)
Even more speed: 10x faster deployment infrastructure
Leveraging a strategic partnership with Fastly, Gatsby has enabled developers who host with Gatsby Cloud to ship their websites to the best-in-class CDN for static hosting. Gatsby has seen incredible growth in its Gatsby Cloud platform, with 120% YTD growth in paid Gatsby Cloud subscriptions. Gatsby Cloud is the fastest way to build, preview, deploy and host Gatsby websites, and the significant increase in subscribers underscores how well Gatsby Cloud is received by our customers.
Gatsby Cloud uses multithreading and parallelism to leverage lower level APIs to offload multiple processes to speed up your builds. Gatsby Cloud hosting is also the only cloud hosting platform that uses parallelism for image transformations. All of these features (and more) help Gatsby Cloud Hosting customers see publish times 10-20 times faster than our major competitors.
“Businesses choose Gatsby because their customers and users demand modern and exceptionally fast website experiences,” said Zack Urlocker, CEO of Gatsby. “Professional developers need a flexible platform to build where they aren’t bogged down by slow build times. We’re excited to see our customers getting 10x faster releases and deployments thanks to the upgrades we’ve made to our cloud platform this year.
Gatsby adds SaaS veterans to its leadership team
Accelerating its mission, the company added three SaaS veterans with years of experience growing startups to the leadership team:
- CEO Zack Urlocker – Zack previously held leadership roles at open source giant MySQL, modern SaaS pioneer Zendesk and most recently Duo Security, a cybersecurity leader acquired by Cisco. He has also been a board member and advisor to many high growth SaaS companies, which has allowed him to be at the forefront of startups bringing disruptive technologies to the market.
- Head of Marketing JD Peterson – JD has a track record of success leading SaaS heavyweight teams such as Marketo, Zendesk, Trello, and most recently Culture Amp.
- Vice President of Sales John Skubel – John led the sales team at Duo Security and most recently led the sales efforts at BugSnag, which was acquired in 2021 by SmartBear.
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About Gatsby, Inc.
Gatsby, Inc. is the creator of GatsbyJS, the leading Jamstack front-end framework for the Headless Web. GatsbyJS enables organizations to build high performance, secure websites that can integrate data from multiple content management systems and other endpoints using its unique content hub architecture. Gatsby offers Gatsby Cloud, a turnkey SaaS solution for building, previewing, deploying and managing Gatsby-based websites, as well as professional support and services to help organizations build modern websites. GatsbyJS is used in industries such as financial services, retail, e-commerce, hospitality, SaaS, and gaming by companies such as Venmo, Digital Ocean, Little Caesars, Braun, Raleigh, Quip, Figma , New Relic, Headspace, DraftKings and Nintendo. Gatsby, Inc. is funded by Index Ventures, CRV and Trinity Ventures. Visit www.gatsbyjs.com to learn more.
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1 https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005435/en/1.62-Billion-Headless-CMS-Software-Market-Forecast-to-2027—Global-COVID-19-Impact-and-Analysis- by-type-of-deployment-and-company-size — ResearchAndMarkets.com