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Algolia cuts build times in half with ISR using Next.js on Vercel

Algolia helps users across industries create dynamic digital experiences through search and discovery. With a constant addition of new features and pages on their website and blog, their technical team of five needed to improve their development cycle. By adopting Next.js on Vercel, Algolia reduced build times by 50% while making it easier to collaborate across teams. 

The team was initially satisfied with React on their previous framework given the ability to quickly build pages and serve them rapidly to users. However, they soon began facing longer build times and a complex Gatsby infrastructure. That’s when they turned to Next.js. Right away, Algolia’s team found Next.js easy to implement and maintain—while cutting build times in half.

“We were really impressed with the way Next.js was working, the way the APIs were easy to use, and how everything seemed quite flawless.” — Ronan Levesque, Software engineer at Algolia

Next.js provided easy-to-use APIs, and the migration took just a few days to complete. The team also appreciated the number of built-in features Next.js comes with on Vercel, like Incremental Static Regeneration (ISR) and analytics, which make it seamless to implement and maintain performant sites. 

Aloglia’s developers work closely with teams across their organization—so being able to use to show instant website changes, rather than wait for daily deployments, was a huge improvement. Once they migrated to Vercel, the team began benefitting from Vercel Analytics, Vercel’s friendly user interface, and the ability to optimize third-party scripts.

Now, Algolia’s engineers are looking forward to continuing to make website performance improvements with the latest Next.js 12 features.

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