7 Problems you can avoid by using Nuxt.js

 

Vue is a great choice as a framework for your applications. But there are a few concerns you'll likely run into.

  • How do I combine and configure all of my JavaScript and Vue libraries to work together effectively?
  • How do I structure my application code to use best practices?
  • How do I make sure my application is properly indexed by search engines?
  • And how do I optimize my Vue application for speed?

These are some of concerns that Sebastien and Alexandre Chopin set out to solve when they created Nuxt. A higher level framework built on top of Vue to help you build production-ready Vue applications.

If you can spare a few minutes, I wanna show you seven problems you're gonna run into while building a Vue application and how Nuxt solves them.

1. Building from scratch is difficult:

The first problem is that building a production ready Vue application is difficult.


 

Not only does Nuxt come pre configured with Vuex, Vue Router and vue-meta, but it sets up your project with intelligent defaults based on well-researched best practices that Vue doesn't give you out of the box.

Creating a Nuxt app is as easy as typing:

npx create-nuxt-app <project name>

and the Nuxt starter kit will ask you for the libraries you want to start with, such as ESLint or which CSS framework to use.

2. No Standard folder structure 


The next problem with the Vue app is that there's no standard folder structure and as your application grows, organization is important.

Vue's default build gives you assets and components in your source directory.

While Nuxt sets you up with additional folders based on best practices.

Such as the pages directory for your applications views and routes.

And a bunch of more folders, and more default conventions, which are all configurable.

Since everything has it's place, moving from one Nuxt application to another and getting up to speed as a developer is super simple.

3. Routing config can get lengthy 


Routing configuration can get lengthy in a big Vue application.

With Nuxt you simply place your single file Vue components in the pages directory, and Nuxt automatically generates your routes with zero configuration.

This is just one more example of how Nuxt gives you the pre-configuration you need to create production-ready Vue applications.

4. No standard way to configure

With big applications there's no standard way to configure all things together.

Luckily Nuxt ships with a production-ready configuration that doesn't lock you in.

Meaning if you do want to override any of the smart defaults or pre-configuration, you can edit your nuxt-config.js file and modify any of the framework's options.

5.  Vue is not SEO friendly

Next, Vue applications are not SEO friendly, and you're going to want certain pages of your application properly indexed by search engines so they're easily discoverable.

One of the best solutions is to pre-render your Vue pages on the server, but this can be tricky to set up on your own.

Nuxt is pre-configured to generate your application on the server along with powering up routes, to make it easy to add SEO related tags.

6. Vue apps can load slowly

Problem number six is that Vue applications on initial load can be slow.

But with Nuxt, if you choose to run your application universally, or statically the pre-rendered HTML causes your page to load faster in the browser.

And with automatic code splitting it's only gonna load the JavaScript needed to make your route function.

This makes for the optimal user experience.

 7, Difficult to change behavior of framework

With a Vue app you may find it difficult to change the underlying behavior of the framework if you need to. And if you're developing production level Vue applications at some point you'll need to.

Nuxt provides a higher-order module system that makes it easy to customize every aspect of Nuxt.

So there you have it.

Seven problems that Nuxt solves for you, so you can spend less time on configuration and more time on what matters to you most: Solving problems and building awesome Vue applications.

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