When you use Vue for your project, there is a great chance that Nuxt can improve your experience significantly. By using Nuxt you get all the benefits of the Vue ecosystem plus some significant enhancements that I want to highlight in this article.
When you are a React developer, you probably heard of the SSR framework Next.js. Nuxt is the Vue equivalent of Next.js.
Nuxt not only supports SSR, but also static site generation. With static site generation, everything can be rendered on your development computer. Then the pre-rendered files can be copied to a cloud file storage like S3. This simplified setup is sometimes called the JAMStack. You get performance, security and also SEO benefits compared to traditional Vue applications. It is especially popular for Blogs.
Nuxt comes out of the box with a simplified routing based on Vue Router. In Nuxt there is a pages folder where all your pages reside. The file names and structure of this folder will be reflected in your URL design. For example, a Vue file application.vue in the pages folder will be mapped to https://yourapp.com/application This simplifies the route management.
Nuxt uses the vue-meta package to manage site meta data. You can simply define the meta tags in the Nuxt configuration file (nuxt.config.js). In that way you do not need to manually define the meta tags.
Nuxt structures your project in a way that makes it easy to grow and sets sensible defaults. For example, there is a css folder for common CSS files, a store folder for the VueX data store if you need that and a pages directory for your web pages.
The VueX store can be included on installation. So there is no need to manually install and configure the Vuex store which speeds up the setup process.
You can customize nearly any aspect of Nuxt with Modules. This makes the customization easy. There are a number of official modules and a website with Nuxt modules made by the community (https://github.com/topics/nuxt-module).
I recently converted a traditional Vue website to Nuxt. My experience was so positive that I decided to write this article. For me the main reason was the static site generation. But I hope you could see that there are more reasons for using Nuxt in your next project.
Nuxt modules: https://github.com/topics/nuxt-module