What is Node.js?
...Fast, high-performance, resource-efficient, flexible, open source, providing real-time effective communication, having huge community of supporters, fans and modules and last, but not least: making developers happier and enhancing their productivity...
⇒ Node.js + React.js - Google Trends popularity research from 2009 to 2018
You can use Node.js by installing it on a server or on your PC. Usually Node.js is installed server-side so that the applications developed for it can be accessible on the web, for example, on a private virtual server. Node.js can work with all types of server technologies such as Apache, Nginx and the different types of databases NoSQL (MongoDB, Redis), SQL (MySQL) and many more. There is a wide range of tools and technologies to be used with Node.js.
Node.js is used for front-end, back-end and full-stack web development:
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The most common combination of Node.js and other server-side back-end as well as front-end technologies used for web development are: MEAN - MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js as well as MERN - MongoDB, Express.js, React.js, Node.js. Those are packages of full-stack technologies.
Node.js can often be used for high speed-real-time applications. Large companies use Node.js as they integrate it in a certain big application or service. Some of the Node.js users are: PayPal, Pinterest, Netflix, Mozilla, Amazon, Symantec, Github, Coursera, Flickr, WordPress, LinkedIn, Ebay, Nasa, Airbnb, Trello, Yahoo, Shutterstock and many more.
Node.js is a suitable solution for applications with intensive I/O bound, but not suitable for apps with intensive CPU bound. This is due to the fact that heavy CPU usage can block the Node.js processes.
NPM - Node Package Manager
NPM enables you to install and manage packages for a certain Node.js project. Currently there are over 700.000 packages in the NPM repository.
The NPM Мanager consists of a cli (command line interface) client and online database of packages, called NPM Registry. The NPM cli tool is installed on the server where Node.js is also accessible. Then a package from the NPM Registry can be installed with a single command in the console. For example installing Express.js is performed by using:
You can use Node.js for all services offered by SuperHosting.BG.
- Shared Hosting: Node.js can be used upon ordering the SuperHosting plan. You will be able to upload a Node.js application right after the hosting service has been activated and the account is created. You can launch a Node.js application with minimum efforts and actions and choose one of Node.js’ latest versions. cPanel enables you to easily create a special Node.js virtual environment, as you can manage this environment through an intuitive graphic interface. There you can change the environment settings, the Node.js version you use, enable, disable and remove applications. MySQL (MariaDB), PostgreSQL or SQLite are among the most widely used relational databases which you can use for your application.
- Virtual Server: Upon the virtual server service you can install all necessary server applications and perform all system settings by yourself. Node.js shall be installed and configured. You will also have to install the technologies that work together with Node.js. This service may require some more time before it is possible to run Node.js. You might need the help of a sysadmin or in-depth knowledge in server administration to be able to support and manage this. With this service you will be enabled to use all types of server applications and technologies such as non-relational databases such as MongoDB and others.
- Managed VPS: This is a managed virtual server that combines the best of both worlds - easy management and technical support provided as for shared hosting together with the independence of a virtual server. Upon the Managed VPS service we perform the system administration activities. Node.js is supported for all Managed VPS servers as it is included in the Pro, Mega and Business hosting plans.