What new framework should I learn this year? Is it time to drop my CMS? Which tools should I choose if I want to scale my site to an audience of millions? The Jamstack Community Survey in 2021 is here with answers to these questions and more.
For the past two years, Netlify has conducted the Jamstack Community Survey to better understand our growing group of developers – the insights inform our services, and they also help developers learn from each other. Our survey data gives a sense of best practice as well as an idea of what else is happening in society.
What we see this year: There has never been a better time to be a developer in the Jamstack community! Jamstack has gone mainstream and the ecosystem is thriving. Jamstack is becoming the standard choice for web developers at all stages of their careers across different geographies and affects all industries and the community is only getting bigger. We also saw a huge increase in the percentage of students in our community over the last year, a good sign of a growing ecosystem.
In 2021, Netlify received more than 7,000 responses to the Jamstack Community Survey. This is more than double the number of responses we received in 2020, confirming the growth of the Jamstack community.
Here are a few of the highlights from our more technical findings …
Jamstack developers work differently on a large scale.
32% of Jamstack developers build websites for audiences for millions of users, but the tools they use and their development priorities are different: for example, they are more likely to specialize in front-end or back-end work, and they is more likely to consider mobile devices as a key target.
Figma is almost the only design tool that matters.
When it comes to design tools, more than 60% of survey respondents use Figma and are more satisfied with it than the users of any other design tool we asked about.
React still reigns supreme for frames.
WordPress leads to CMS usage.
WordPress remains the clear leader as a content management system, but it is not well-liked as a standalone solution. When used in a headless configuration, users reported much higher satisfaction. This was a breakout year for other headless CMSs like Sanity and Strapi.
And that’s just a taste of what we learned. To see the full results of the Jamstack Community Survey in 2021, visit our survey website.