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A Modern Approach to Web Development
A Modern Approach to Web Development

In the ever-evolving landscape of web development, the battle between traditional solutions and modern approaches is a constant. One such juxtaposition is JAMstack versus WordPress. In this blog post, we'll delve into the differences between these two frameworks, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each, and helping you decide which might be the better fit for your next web project.

JAMstack: Speed and Security Redefined

JAMstack stands for JavaScript, API, and Markup. Unlike traditional content management systems (CMS) or site builders, JAMstack architecture separates the code (JavaScript), the site infrastructure (APIs), and the content (Markup). This decoupled structure ensures a clear distinction between server-side and client-side operations.

Key benefits include:

Decoupled Architecture

  • This decoupled structure allows for efficient caching and pre-building of pages, contributing to faster website performance.

Speed and Performance

  • By serving pre-built markup and assets over a Content Delivery Network (CDN), JAMstack eliminates the need for on-the-fly server assembly, resulting in faster loading times.


  • With a reduced attack surface due to the separation of client-side and server-side operations, JAMstack inherently enhances website security, mitigating concerns related to server and database vulnerabilities.


  • JAMstack's modular nature allows for seamless scalability, making it ideal for websites experiencing variable levels of traffic.

WordPress: The CMS Giant

WordPress, a household name in the world of content management systems (CMS), has long been the go-to platform for building websites of all sizes and complexities. Known for its user-friendly interface, extensive theme library, and a vast ecosystem of plugins, WordPress empowers users to create and manage content with ease.

Key benefits include:

Monolithic Structure:

  • WordPress is a monolithic CMS, where everything – code, infrastructure, and content – is traditionally stored on a server.

Extensive Plugin Ecosystem:

  • The vast plugin ecosystem of WordPress allows users to extend functionality easily, providing a wide range of options for customization.

Content Management

  • WordPress excels in content management, making it a preferred choice for traditional blogging and content-heavy websites.

Choosing the Right Solution

Choosing between JAMstack and WordPress depends on the specific needs of your project. If speed, security, and scalability are top priorities, JAMstack may be the way forward. However, for those who prioritize a robust content management system, and a vast ecosystem of plugins, WordPress remains a formidable choice. Other points of consideration include:

Project Complexity

  • For simpler projects with a focus on speed and security, JAMstack may be the ideal choice.
  • WordPress, with its extensive features and plugins, is better suited for complex websites with advanced content management requirements.

Development Flexibility

  • JAMstack offers flexibility in choosing frontend frameworks and APIs, allowing developers to work with the tools they prefer.
  • WordPress, while customizable, may have limitations in terms of flexibility, especially for those seeking more unconventional solutions.

Maintenance and Updates

  • JAMstack sites typically require less maintenance, as updates are centred around APIs and static files.
  • WordPress, being a dynamic system, may require more frequent updates, including core updates, theme updates, and plugin updates.

Ultimately, the decision hinges on the unique requirements of your web development project.

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Fishers’ Lost at Sea

Fishers’ Lost at Sea

The W.A. Fishers’ Lost at Sea Memorial Association, formed by passionate volunteers, meticulously documents tragedies in WA's Commercial Fishing industry from the 1800s to present.

JAZ, for the last 18 months has been working closely with the association in developing the tribute website. Recently we launched Phase Two of the website which now includes an interactive map to showcase the stories and memorial trail. The map links the stories to specific locations detailing lives lost at sea and providing a poignant tribute to those lost at sea. Check it out here!

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