As summer arrives here in the north, JAMstack, too, begins its long hot summer. As with a previously undiscovered destination, the tourists are flocking, each a discoverer anew. Will they stay?
This week we’ve seen Gatsby launch their Previews
beta at $600 per year, per site. We’ve had some discussions recently in our Slack
about pricing models for services in the JAMstack ecosystem, and a couple of things are clear: It’s hard to price these services, and it’s even harder to understand them. The economics of paying for individual parts of creating a web experience make perfects sense for some; after all, there is much to be gained in performance, security, and flexibility. The beauty of JAMstack is that one is left to pick and choose the pieces that matter to YOU, leaving everything else behind—the significant departure from the monolith model.
Yet, the risk is we look like we’re contriving an all new Rube Goldberg
contraption that gets us to the same place we were before. At what point does just adding another layer of caching of a Wordpress install look like the more sensible approach? So, while it’s attempting to think we’ve “arrived” I think there’s still work to be done, both in explaining the value of JAMstack and making it a place people want to keep coming back to.