Jamstack Web Development Community is Booming, Netlify Report Reveals

Netlify, a popular way to build, deploy and scale modern web applications, has launched results of the annual Jamstack Community Survey, showing Jamstack is becoming the mainstream architecture for web developers of every experience level.

With shifting working patterns and the increase in remote work, the web developer community is turning to Jamstack to create faster, more secure websites.

Netlify’s comprehensive Jamstack community report shows the modern architecture is becoming the primary home for not only experienced web developers (half of the respondents represented more than five years of experience), but also those with less experience and who are breaking into the industry.

The percentage of developers in the community who are students has nearly doubled in the past year, from 9 percent to 16 percent, indicating Jamstack is becoming the go-to architecture for new developers, even as the number of experienced developers in the community has continued to grow.

When looking at how the pandemic affected working life, perhaps unsurprisingly, the report highlighted a shift to remote work that was high among Jamstack developers, with nearly a third (31 percent) of people saying their working life is remote due to the global pandemic and they plan to stay remote after it ends.

Where developers are located has diversified, with newer developers geographically more diverse. While most developers still based in Europe or North America, the percentage coming from outside those two regions has tripled from 15 percent to 48 percent among newer developers. This population of developers brings global diversity.

Jamstack continues to serve the needs of developers building for scale, with nearly a third (32 percent) of Jamstack developers reporting the sites they build are for audiences of millions of users. These larger sites are more likely to target mobile devices, showing the strength of Jamstack in the mobile space.

When asked how frequently different techniques were used to build backends for Jamstack sites, 46 percent reported using some form of serverless functions. When compared to usage and awareness, respondents revealed functions are becoming almost as ubiquitous as containers.

Jamstack is about compiling the UI, decoupling the frontend from the backend, and pulling in data as needed. Jamstack developers are enabling more dynamic use cases with the architecture, with 65 percent reporting they are building fully dynamic sites.

Netlify sits at the center of the Jamstack community, pushing the original conception of the methodology forward and working to help modernize the way developers build and deploy web applications. This year, Netlify received more than 7,000 responses to the Jamstack Community Survey, more than doubling since the previous year and confirming the exponential growth of the Jamstack community.

View the complete findings of the Jamstack Community Survey 2021 at jamstack.org/survey/2021/.