Node.js is a modern back-end technology for building web applications, particularly real-time ones. The technology’s goal is to be efficient and lightweight, and to allow for building fast, scalable products. It’s being used across industries, including fintech, social media and e-commerce. Node’s many advantages apply particularly well to SaaS platforms. Here’s how.
Node.js comes with several powerful web frameworks that can be used for a SaaS project. Express is the most popular among them, used for web and mobile apps, while KOA (created by the same team) is smaller and more expressive. Sails is a bit like a Ruby on Rails alternative, the ultimate web framework for Node.js that supports fast development and puts emphasis on reliability. Meteor is flexible tool aiming for ease of use - it functions as both a front-end and a back-end framework. All of these (and more!) frameworks make it easy to tailor your tech stack to your project’s exact needs.
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In older development models, teams were strictly divided into front-end and back-end developers, based on their skills and preferences. This wasn’t a bad approach, but it made communication difficult and could often unnecessarily lengthen work on even simple tasks. This was the case at PayPal, and after deciding the old approach no longer worked for them, they moved on from Java and used Node.js for their back-end. This decision helps them keep their team more flexible, speed up development and lower costs. According to their own blog, they work almost twice as fast now, with a smaller team. Their code and infrastructure are also more manageable, with fewer lines of code and files. Their apps’ performance skyrocketed as well. Clearly, if you want to build a complex web application and would prefer not to bloat your team, Node.js is the way to go.
Remember how Node.js allows you to take care of rendering on the server side? Turns out that this is perfect for search engine optimization. Google’s bots don’t alway render everything perfectly when they visit your website (in an extreme case we’ve witnessed, the bot saw a blank page!), but if pre-rendered data is delivered to them on a platter, you have a guarantee that they will see what you want it to see. No matter what industry you’re in, organic search results matter. And with the amount of competition you’re likely to face when introducing a SaaS product to the market, you need to position your website well.
Node.js is one of the most popular web technologies in the world for a reason. Developers love it for its capabilities, such as server-side rendering and good performance. Additional benefits include SEO-friendly code, a whole bunch of available resources, and great ease of finding and maintaining a good development team.
Building a SaaS app with Node.js on the back-end can be quick and efficient. A team of experienced developers can turn your idea into a beautiful product ready for launch. Let’s find out whether iRonin’s experts will be the right fit for your company.