This is a bit of an aggregation piece, pulling together several thematically related posts that I think work quite well together to inform on the topic of choosing your web development stack. I’m a NodeJS developer so that’s my focus, but even if you are using a different language, a lot of the information might be useful in terms of building a broader understanding of the web development landscape.

Make it personal - When you are just starting out, a good place to start is to build your own website. It’s your chance to create your own place on the web. Nice recent css-tricks article that’s gets to the core of why building your own personal site is a worthwhile endeavour.

Deciding when to build a custom solution in web development - Sometimes referred to as the Build vs Buy dilemma, if you are developing websites, it’s important to be able to focus your efforts in the right place, this article gives you a mental model to help you decide when to build and when to use off-the-shelf products.

Reasons to use NodeJS for developing your backend systems - Self explanatory title, worth a read if you want to learn why people specifically use NodeJS.

Robust NodeJS Deployment Architecture - If you are leaning towards self-hosting, this article might be of interest, it’s more effort initially but you gain considerable portability.

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