Responsive Decoupled Jamstack Website Front End Development for HERO Magazine, a Prominent and Influential Fashion and Culture Blog.
Antiblanks Were Approached by Hero Magazine To Help Them Modernise Their Existing Blog Website.
Hero Magazine has long been a prominent and influential platform in the world of fashion and culture, offering readers cutting-edge insights, creative artistry, and cultural exploration. With a dedicated global readership, the magazine is known for its trendsetting content.
Antiblanks and Hero Magazine Co-Founder James West Had Worked Together on an Enterprise CMS Build for a Well Known International Trading & Shipping Company. Antiblanks Were Known by James To Be Experts in Web Design and Development.
Hero Magazine Were Faced With a Set of Critical Challenges Stemming From Outdated Design and Technology.
1. Outdated Design
The website's visual appearance had stagnated, appearing dated and uninspiring to a modern, design-conscious audience. This design deficit hindered the magazine's ability to attract and retain new users.
2. Legacy Technology
The website's underlying technology stack was obsolete, leading to slow loading times and poor overall performance. The resulting frustrating user experience was pushing readers away.
3. Mobile Responsiveness
The site was not optimized adequately for mobile devices, a substantial issue as an increasing portion of the audience accessed content via smartphones and tablets. The mobile user experience was subpar and impeded growth.
4. SEO Struggles
The site's SEO performance had declined due to the outdated architecture. This resulted in a drop in organic traffic and reduced visibility on search engines, hampering the magazine's reach.
1. Jamstack Architecture
The existing monolithic architecture was replaced with a modern Jamstack approach, decoupling the frontend from the backend. This shift provided a more flexible, scalable, and high-performance foundation.
2. Next.js Implementation
Next.js, a dynamic React framework, was chosen to power the frontend. It introduced server-side rendering (SSR) and static site generation (SSG), greatly enhancing website speed and performance.
3. Responsive Design
Hero Magazine underwent a complete design overhaul, ensuring the website was fully responsive. This design transformation provided a consistent and visually pleasing experience across all devices, including mobile and tablets.
4. Headless CMS Integration
A headless content management system was introduced to streamline content creation and management. Editors and writers benefited from this change, as it simplified and accelerated content publication processes.
5. SEO Optimization
Leveraging Jamstack's pre-rendering capabilities and Next.js's SEO features, the website's Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was improved. Metadata and structured data markup were updated to enhance search engine visibility.
6. Performance Enhancements
Jamstack's architecture and Next.js optimizations led to faster loading times, reduced server load, and improved overall performance, enhancing user satisfaction.
The Adoption of Jamstack Architecture With Next.js Yielded a Modern Website Design With Enhanced Performance, Generating Positive User Feedback and Revenue Growth.
James West and his co-founder at HERO Magazine appraised the website rebuild, the user experience, and the performance of the site and plan for us to enhance their sister site HEROINE using the same approach.