5 websites built with Node.js

Node.js is a very popular platform for designing web applications, this list is meant to show just how important Node is to the developing world. Without further ado, here are 5 important websites built with Node.js, websites used by millions of people.

1 PayPal

If you ever paid online or received money online (which I’m hoping you have, it’s 2016) you probably used PayPal at one point or another. I could say that PayPal was co-founded by Elon Musk to draw you in, but actually PayPal was born as a merger between two companies, Confinity and, the latter being owned by Musk. The important thing is that node.js is an integral part of PayPal since 2013. That’s when they slowly started to introduce node.js in their system and you know what they found out?

  • The node.js app was twice as fast

  • Had 33% fewer lines of code

  • It was constructed with 40% fewer files

  • It also had a 35% decrease in the average response time for the page

Jeff Harrell, Director of Engineering at Paypal:

“Node.js powers our web applications and has allowed our teams to move much faster in bringing their designs to life.”

2 Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a website that provides stock photographs, illustrations, videos and more. It has a library of over 50 million royalty free photos and 2 million videos and music pieces. It offers high quality photographs, licensed from photographers, designers, illustrators, videographers and musicians. It’s the perfect resource for high quality materials for websites or marketing campaigns.

Shutterstock uses node.js in various ways including in displaying images through the search queries.

3 Medium

Medium is an easy way to blog, an online publishing platform where you can contribute to your community, or express your opinion. The platform is a hybrid of professional and nonprofessional contributions with some paid contributions. It combines features from Twitter (it was co-founded by Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder) WordPress and Tumblr and is a great place for developers.

Medium uses node.js in its main app with Java, Redis and a few AWS services with Closure and LESS on the front-end side.

4 Trello

Trello is another very useful website, a management tools that helps you keep things organized for yourself or when working on a team. It has more than 10 millions users and an infrastructure built with Node.js for instant propagation of updates. Trello uses uses node-mongodb-native for its DB, structured data sharing in node_redis, and various other Node.js libraries to build their server.

It came a long way considering it started as an HTML mockup that was put together in a week.

5 Storify

Storify is a social network service that makes it possible for its users to create stories using various social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. As a user you can just find whatever elements or posts interest you from these social networks and drag them into stories. You can basically your own news items, which is pretty cool. The stories can gather up the most interesting things out there, avoiding the sift through on social media.

Node.js was still a teenager when Storify started using it so they had a few ups and downs at the beginning, but it was the perfect solution for its asynchronous nature and high scalability.

Philippe Modard is the Lead Engineer of Storify

“Our service is built on Node.js”

If you know of any other startups or companies using Node.js let us know, happy sharing!