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Gatsby vs Next.js – Full Comparison

All the Static Site Generators have different capabilities – what one can, the other can’t and vice versa.

At JAMStack.org, Next.js is #1, Hugo is #2, and Gatsby is #3 (sorted by Github stars).

All the static site generators have their own advantages and disadvantages. It can’t be judged just by the number of Github stars.

Here’s a full comparison of Gatsby and Next.js in a nice tabular format.

Gatsby vs Next.js

Excellent: Fully available
Good: Partially available
Fair: Limited
Poor: Not possible

Performance Comparison

CategoryGatsbyNext.js
Static contentExcellentExcellent
AMP supportGoodGood
Progressive image loadingExcellentGood
Responsive image loadingExcellentGood
Inlines critical CSSExcellentExcellent
Fontself-hostingExcellentExcellent
Offline accessExcellentExcellent
Prefetching of linked pagesExcellentExcellent
Page cachingExcellentExcellent
No extraneous code fetchingExcellentExcellent

Developer Experience

CategoryGatsbyNext.js
Serverless featuresExcellentExcellent
Preview on refresh or withlinkExcellentExcellent
Hot reloading of contentExcellentExcellent
Hot reloading of codeExcellentExcellent
ComponentizationExcellentExcellent
One-way data bindingExcellentExcellent
Declarative data queriesExcellentExcellent
Declarative UI buildingExcellentExcellent
Asset pipelinesExcellentExcellent
CSS Extensions (e.g. Sass)ExcellentExcellent
Modern JavaScript syntaxExcellentExcellent

Governance

CategoryGatsbyNext.js
XSS protectionExcellentExcellent
Access control (CORS)ExcellentExcellent
Environment variablesExcellentExcellent
User authenticationGoodGood
Programmatic designGoodGood
Design systemsGoodGood
Component librariesGoodGood

Accessibility Comparison

CategoryGatsbyNext.js
Progressive enhancementExcellentExcellent
Landmark elementsGoodGood
Semantic HTMLGoodGood
Accessible routingExcellentFair
Accessibility statementExcellentPoor
WCAG 2.0 AA complianceGoodFair

Documentation

CategoryGatsbyNext.js
Introductory tutorialExcellentExcellent
Sourcing dataExcellentFair
Incorporating CSS librariesExcellentExcellent
RoutingExcellentExcellent
TestingExcellentFair
DebuggingExcellentFair
PerformanceExcellentFair
Adding media assetsExcellentGood
Adding searchExcellentFair
Adding analyticsExcellentFair
Adding authenticationExcellentFair
Adding SEOExcellentFair

All these data has been taken from Gatsby official website.

That’s it.

By Deepak K

I write about blogging, technology, business, and other related stuff. And, I share interesting insights on Twitter too.

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