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If you’re finally ready to take the plunge to start your web developer business, you’re going to need two things: great web hosting and an in-depth knowledge of React.
You can’t be a good web developer without practice. And that means that when you’re just starting out, you’re going to run through a lot of websites getting familiar with all your developer duties. At this stage in your career, a good web host is crucial.
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Once you have great web hosting in the bag, you’re going to want to install React.
On some older websites, when you made comments under a blog post, you wouldn’t immediately see your comment on the web page. You had to refresh the page to see your comment, and you had to keep refreshing the page if you wanted to see new comments from other people.
Let’s break this down.
React is perfect for helping developers build User Interfaces (UIs). These include buttons, search bars, menus, and other features of a site (or app) that the users need to navigate.
React has lots of features that make it perfect for developers. Here are some of the best things about React:
For simple websites that have no dynamic features, it’s not really a hassle for your website to use HTML to update its DOM. But if you have a more complex website, it will be a pain if your entire DOM needs to reload every time the user makes a change to the website, e.g. by clicking a button.
With React’s virtual DOM, that doesn’t need to happen anymore. React boasts a virtual DOM, which is a copy of the site’s DOM. React uses this copy to see which DOM needs to change.
So, for example, if a user types in a comment, instead of the entire DOM having to be updated to reflect this change, React scans its virtual DOM and updates only the relevant section of the DOM. This leads to a much faster website and a smoother user experience.