Nuxt: The powerful reasons to use it for your next Vue app

In recent years, along with the development of websites and applications, people are seeking for a solution to build SPAs (Single-page Applications). Many modern JavaScript frameworks, like Vue.js, are aimed at this target.  While this has a lot of advantages, it also has a couple of disadvantages, such as long “time to content” when initially loading the app as the browser retrieves the JavaScript bundle. And Nuxt is born for solving these issues.

Some powerful reasons when using Nuxt.js for your site
Some powerful reasons when using Nuxt.js for your site

If you’re a Vue.js developer, by now you’ve probably heard of this module. But still, some of you might not know what all the hype is about. You’re probably asking, “Why do I need a framework for a framework?” Vue already makes the development of JavaScript apps easier. What’s the idea behind this framework? So now, we – ArrowHiTech would like to show you guys some powerful reasons why we should use Nuxt for your Vue app.

#1. Nuxt can create universal apps without the hassle

Building universal applications can be tedious because you have to do a lot of configuration. This is the problem Nuxt.js aims to solve for Vue applications. This framework makes it simple to share code between the client and the server so you can focus on your application’s logic. Also, this module gives you access to an asyncData method that you can use to fetch data and render it on the server-side.

#2. This module can help render Vue apps and get every benefit of a universal app without a server

The biggest innovation of Nuxt comes with its generate command. This command generates a completely static version of your website. It will generate HTML for every one of your routes and put it inside of its own file. Let’s take a look at one example of how this framework can benefit your Vue.js development:

 -| dist/
----| about/
------| index.html
----| index.html

The benefits of doing this are very similar to the benefits of the first one. There’s markup there to make loading the page faster and to help search engine and social media crawlers crawl the website. The difference is that you don’t need a server anymore. As a result, everything gets generated during the development phase.

#3. Nuxt can get automatic code-splitting (pre-rendered pages)

Code-splitting example using Nuxt.js
Code-splitting example using Nuxt.js

Nuxt.js is able to generate a static version of your website with a special Webpack configuration. For each route (page) that is statically generated, the route gets its own JavaScript file too, with just the code that’s needed to run that route. This can really help with speed because it keeps the size of the JavaScript file small relative to your entire application’s size. All in all, this framework can be able to run code-splitting effortlessly.

#4. Setup via the command line with the starter template when using this module

Nuxt.js provides a starter template called starter-template that gives you all the scaffolding. They are what you need to get started with a project with a good folder structure for the organization. Make sure you have vue-cli installed, and run the following command:

$ vue init nuxt-community/starter-template <project-name>

From there just use cd into the application and run npm install and you should be good to go as a result.

#5. Easily set up transitions between your routes

Set up routes transitions easily when using Nuxt
Set up routes transitions easily when using Nuxt

Vue has a wrapper <transition> element that makes it simple to handle JavaScript animations, CSS animations, and CSS transitions on your elements or components. If you need a refresher on Vue’s <transition> element and transitions in general, Nuxt.js sets up your routes in such a way that each page gets wrapped in an <transition> element so you can create transitions between pages simply.

#6. With Nuxt, you can easily write Single File Components

In many small Vue projects, components are defined using Vue.component, followed by a new Vue({ el: ‘#container’ }) to target a container element in the body of every page. This works well for small projects where JavaScript is only used to enhance certain views. But in bigger projects, it can become difficult to manage. All of these problems are solved by single-file components with a .vue extension as a result.

#7. Get set up with an auto-updating server for easy development

Auto-updating server using this framework

Compared to setting up this process yourself, developing with Nuxt.js is a breeze. It sets you up with an auto-updating development server. While you’re developing and working on those .vue files, this framework uses a Webpack configuration to check for changes and compiles everything for you. You can run the command npm run dev inside of a project and it will set up the development server.

#8. Have access to everything in the Nuxt.js community

Lastly, there’s a GitHub collection called Nuxt Community that makes it even easier to create your app. So, in order to get the most benefits when using this framework, a community will help you with it. There are a lot of categories that you should check them out, so that you can choose the best one for your own purpose.

Final words

That should conclude some of the most powerful reasons that you should use Nuxe for your next Vue application. All in all, these features make the development of Vue.js apps a much nicer experience. Even if you don’t need a universal app and want to stick with a SPA, there are still benefits to using Nuxt.js. It can be your project’s main base with benefits like .vue files, ES6 compilation, and many more benefits.

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