Friday, January 15th 2021
React Server Components with Next.js
React Server Components allow developers to build applications that span the server and client, combining the rich interactivity of client-side apps with the improved performance of traditional server rendering.
In the upcoming Next.js major release, React developers will be able to use Server Components inside the
app directory as part of the changes outlined by the Layouts RFC. This post will explore how Server Components will enable developers to create faster React applications.
What are React Server Components?
React Server Components improve the user experience of your application by pairing the best parts of server-rendering with client-side interactivity.
With traditional React applications that are client-side only, developers often had to make tradeoffs between SEO and performance. Server Components enable developers to better leverage their server infrastructure and achieve great performance by default.
React Server Components vs Server-Side Rendering
Server-side Rendering (SSR) dynamically builds your application into HTML on the server. This creates faster load times for users by offloading work from the user's device to the server, especially those with slower internet connections or older devices. However, developers still pay the cost to download, parse, and hydrate those components after the initial HTML loads.
React Server Components, combined with Next.js server-side rendering, help eliminate the tradeoff of all-or-nothing data fetching. You can progressively show updates as your data comes in.
Using React Server Components with Next.js
The Next.js team at Vercel released the Layouts RFC a few months ago outlining the vision for the future of routing, layouts, and data fetching in the framework. While these changes aren’t available yet, we can start learning about how they will be used.
Pages and Layouts in
Both client and server components can be used inside the same route. For example:
Stay tuned for more updates on React Server Components in the upcoming months.
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