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JAMstack essentials: Why JAMstack sites deliver higher security

Have you heard of JAMstack before? It's an innovative (and better) approach to building websites. It's also a lot more secure than a traditional CMS setup. Why? We'll go through that in this article.

November 25, 2020

Cobiro's Content Team

6 min read

Security and JAMstack

This article is the second in a series explaining the basics of JAMstack. The first article can be found here and gives you an understanding of what JAMstack is and why websites built on JAMstack principles win the race against server-side content management systems (CMS) like WordPress and Drupal when it comes to speed and scalability. In this article, we’ll go over the security aspect of JAMstack and why it’s a top-notch infrastructure when it comes to preventing unwanted attacks. 

Every business needs a website

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Every serious business needs a professional website. However, with so many different options out there, it can be challenging to find the right one for your company. Some providers only allow you to post content, while others leave everything up to you. The first option doesn’t give you the freedom you need to build an online presence that stands out, and the second option is a labyrinth of hosting, SEO demands, maintenance, security breaches, coding requirements, etc. 

JAMstack is the third option. It takes away all the hassle the other two present and supports added speed and security - among other things. 

What is JAMstack?

If you didn’t get a chance to read up on the essentials of JAMstack before finding this article, we already put together the basics. But we’ll also give you a quick recap here as the rest of the post otherwise might be harder to understand.

JAMstack stands for JavaScript, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and markup. It’s a modern way to build websites that deliver better performance on all parameters. JAMstack is a static HTML site that is rebuilt every time you update the content. JAMstack sites get deployed directly to a CDN (Content Delivery Network), and because they’re just static web pages, they’re incredibly fast - pages often load in under 1 second. 53% of mobile visitors abandon your site if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load, just to give you some context. With a JAMstack site, web users won’t ever have to complain that pages load too slow. 

It all sounds pretty complicated. We understand that not everyone has the time or resources available to become a JAMstack master and build everything yourself from scratch. That’s not your job. Your job is to take care of your business. That’s why we’ve made a website builder that lets you create websites built on JAMstack principles. It’s free, it’s super easy, and it doesn’t require any coding knowledge whatsoever.

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More secure infrastructure

With some basic knowledge of the JAMstack approach to web development covered, we’re now ready to dive into the security aspect. JAMstacks sites are, per definition, more secure than other types of web development, and that’s something you can benefit from when you take your business online. 

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What makes JAMstack sites so secure, though? JAMstack architectures offer fewer points of attack. By serving pre-rendered static HTML, all potential connections to web application or database servers are removed. In a WordPress setup, for example, you have many dynamic functions that are prone to attack. Since a JAMstack site is just a collection of static sites, the risk of hacks is reduced significantly.

JAMstack handles dynamic functions with APIs and client-side JavaScript, which is a lot less exposed than traditional CMS. JAMstack totally removes just about all security threats that a standard architecture is prone to having. So websites built on JAMstack principles are not only more secure; they are secure. Period. 

Cobiro’s website builder

Cobiro’s website builder is the only free website builder on the market that uses the Jamstack approach. You don’t have to learn how to code to get up and running with a website, though. Our website builder has an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that lets you pick from an abundance of elements and designs and simply place them on your site where you want them. 

Any website built with Cobiro’s website builder is automatically super fast and ultra-secure, thanks to JAMstack. But more than that, it’s ready to run advertising immediately as well. Once you’re online, you can choose the marketing applications that work with your business and just add them to your plan. Just like you don’t have to be a coding whizz, our tools don’t require any plugins or marketing experience either.

Modern websites require modern web technology. Keep an eye out for more articles on the subject of JAMstack versus traditional infrastructure. In the meantime, try out the Cobiro website builder for free!

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