Gatsby is a free and open-source framework that unlocks a whole new world of performance and security for developers. Under the hood, it’s essentially a static site generator that uses GraphQL to pull data anywhere and React for templating. In addition, Gatsby is built with a plugin architecture, which facilitates an active plugin ecosystem to abstract complexity into manageable components.
Why Use Gatsby?
The performance and security enhancements that Gatsby provides is tremendous.
This is due in part to Gatsby’s unconventional approach to serving web applications. Another benefit of using Gatsby is the developer experience.
Let’s take a closer look at each benefit.
When it comes to web applications, speed is king along with availability. Gatsby provides an amazing performance benefit due to the fact that it generates static sites. This method of serving web pages is much faster than other techniques such as caching.
Because Gatsby ships HTML files, this means that your site is inherently more secure because there is no database to hack or any user data stored on the server with the Gatsby site. Even if a hacker manages to access your server, they will only find HTML files.
Ultimately, the hacker will hit a wall and do less damage than if they were to access your database and get a hold of credit card information, purchase history, and other information.
Last but not least, the developer experience that Gatsby provides is nothing short of amazing. If you are a developer, this should excite you as picking up and using Gatsby should be a cakewalk.
For CTOs or Tech Leads managing a team of developers, it’s important to consider the overall experience of a developer. Gatsby provides an extremely modern development environment with robust tooling.
What is a Gatsby Developer?
Companies Who Use Gatsby
Hire a Gatsby Developer
Unfortunately, Gatsby is not a widespread technology yet and only developers seeking to truly take performance and security to the next level discover Gatsby. This means that there aren’t as many developers on the market that can confidently put this on their resume in comparison to web frameworks like React and Angular.
There’s no need to be discouraged, there are most certainly plenty of developers out there with Gatsby expertise, you’ll just have to invest a little more time searching for them.
With all of the freelance marketplaces and job boards available, you’d think it would be easy to find your rockstar and get started. How do you go about deciding if a developer joins your team?
We have a great resource for you to check out that talks about how to hire developers.
How to hire a Gatsby developer?
For those who wish to take the high road and hire Gatsby developers on your own, we’re still here to help.
Hiring a developer on your own is a very focused and hands-on process that requires considerable knowledge about software development in general.
The last thing you want to do is trust your hiring process to someone who isn’t technical.
Otherwise, we’d recommend you contact Trio for consulting and developer allocation.
What to look for in a Gatsby developer?
At a high level, Gatsby developers should be able to:
Be proficient with React
Use the Gatsby framework
The average salary for a Senior Gatsby developer is $120,046 per year in the United States, according to Ziprecruiter.com data.
Here’s a chart that visualizes the salary ranges within the United States for a Senior Software Developer.
Due to economic differences between the United States and South America as a whole, the cost of offshoring software development is significantly lower than hiring full-time with U.S talent. For Gatsby Developers in South America, the average salary is currently around $100,000 whereas a mid-level developer costs around $76,000.
Eastern Europe shares very similar rates to South America, again due to the economic differences. When looking at salaries in Eastern Europe, data shows that a Senior Gatsby Developer costs around $100,000 on average.
Another way to look at developer costs is through hourly rates. While salaries are good to understand for hiring developers for full-time and long-term, you might just need a developer for a period of 3-6 months or 6-12 months. In these types of situations, it’s best to calculate your costs based on the hourly rates of a developer.
Below is a table that lists the various hourly rates of developers in different locations based on their job title.
Daniel is a software engineer and co-founder of Trio, a successful startup empowering remote senior software engineers and partnering with companies to solve everyday problems through technology. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Daniel is a dynamic and strategic leader committed to driving growth and positive change.