SSG even for authenticated routes in Gatsbyย ย ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ“„ย 

In yesterday's email, I alluded to a different approach for authenticated routes.

Instead of reaching for client-side only routes I more often utilize statically generated pages even for the authenticated routes these days.

You can protect these routes the same way Gatsby documents for client-side only routes. However, this does not consider a visitor refreshing a page while on an authenticated route. The code will kick the visitor off the page before the authentication status is determined.

Instead, I recommend assuming the visitor is supposed to be there if they hit an authenticated route. While waiting for the data to load, I will show a skeleton version of the page. If it turns out the visitor is not supposed to be there, I kick them off.

A skeleton version of a page is as much of the user interface as is possible without the data only available client-side. There is often a lot to show, menus, headers, icons, etc.

Skeleton Profile page

You can see the skeleton version of a profile page in action for POW!. If you get kicked off too soon, disable javascript to see it.

This approach gives a better experience for visitors using your app correctly; they will get a smooth transition from skeleton to the page filled with data. Visitors testing out routes they should not be on will get a flash of skeleton page before being kicked off, a slightly subpar experience.

Incidentally, the same topic of discussion, and pair programming, as on yesterday's unauthorized and rum-fueled treasure hunt in the sharky waters around the Gatsby islands, helping Mirjam with Conference Buddy v2.

Screengrab of the intro

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