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Webpack 4: Beyond the Basics

Quick, code-driven, follow-along Javascript tutorials of Webpack, Babel, React, Angular, Vue, Redux, SSR, Typescript

  • Free tutorial
  • Rating: 4.3 out of 54.3 (2,743 ratings)
  • 31,733 students
  • 6hr 4min of on-demand video
  • Created by Lawrence Whiteside
  • English

What you’ll learn

  • Roll your own Hot-reloading Webpack boilerplate from scratch.
  • Optimize your Frontend Assets for Quick, small Production Code.
  • Build a Portfolio or Blog with Markdown Based Posts
  • Deep dives into code, including Webpack Plugins and Loaders
  • Achieve the “Holy Grail” of Webpack: Server-side Rendering while Code Splitting in Parallel.
  • Grok the internal workings of Webpack, Babel, Node and more Javascript libraries.
  • Build a Multi-domain app like SquareSpace, WordPress MU or Tumblr
  • Use the Chrome DevTools to debug, inspect and audit the performance of their code.
  • Secure Your Site in the Cloud with SSL and Heroku


  • You should have some initial training or experience working with code and installing programs.
  • You should have a desire to move quickly and dive deeply into the why and how of these libraries
  • You should know what the command line is and have a code editor and be prepared to follow along.


Welcome to the course for building modern javascript applications using the Webpack module loader and asset bundler.

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I aim to make this Beyond the Basics course accessible to all skill levels.  It’s geared towards people who’ve seen the basics and messed around a bit, but still don’t feel they understand Webpack. Each episode is written and rehearsed beforehand. They’re edited so as to make best use of your time. There’s not a wasted moment in any of these lessons.

With project centered content building real-world Webpack apps that you and your company can use from the very first line of code.  First we look at the optimal Webpack development setup . Follow and code along as we build a Markdown blog, like Ghost, with Hot Module Reloading, Babel, and debugging in Node. We then move into how Webpack optimizes your production bundles, as we solidify the boilerplate into a portfolio website.

The final project is a doozy. We expand the portfolio site to a multi-domain node rewrite of Wordpress MU, Tumblr or SquareSpace.  So you can run multiple domain names from a single node server process.  We dig into the latest Webpack 4 features, including Server-side Rendering, dynamic imports with “magic comments” and we finish with Universal React components and CSS Chunks in Parallel.  You will definitely want to get to the end of this course.

Along the way I’ll discuss all the frameworks and libraries Webpack integrates with.  Whether you’re working on an legacy Rails or other backend project or just want to create something beautiful with EJS, Pug, Handlebars, Sass, Less or Stylus, CSS Modules, Angular or Vue JS there’s a method and I’ll give you the keys to build your site the way you want it.

Thank you for considering this course.  I put everything I had into it.

– Law

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants visual, code-driven guidance through more than the usual webpack setup.
  • Anyone who wants to see working examples of real-world webpack weirdness and edge-cases not covered in other courses.
  • Anyone who wants to know way more than their co-worker about modern javascript development.
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Course content

7 sections • 44 lectures • 6h 3m total lengthCollapse all sections

Introduction2 lectures • 3min

  • How to get help with this Course01:09
  • Additional Course Materials and Code01:35

Reactive Development (aka Optimal Dev Experience)8 lectures • 56min

  • Up and Running with Webpack Dev Server07:31
  • Our First Loaders for CSS05:23
  • Better Errors and Loaders for HTML & Images10:30
  • Babel Basics04:09
  • Babel Polyfills, Transforms & Presets08:07
  • DIY Webpack Dev Server with Express Middleware09:56
  • Hot Reloading Both Client and Server with Nodemon04:40
  • Debugging Node with Chrome DevTools05:26

Choose Your Own Adventure8 lectures • 1hr 17min

  • Hooking Up React06:49
  • Hooking up React – Part 2: Stateful Reloading09:39
  • Hooking up HTML Preprocessors like EJS/Pug/Handlebars08:08
  • Hooking up CSS Preprocessors like SASS/LESS & Stylus11:33
  • Hooking up Js in CSS with Emotion and CSS Modules10:51
  • Hooking up Typescript06:40
  • Hooking up Angular13:35
  • Hooking up VueJS09:31

Optimizing for Production8 lectures • 1hr

  • Setup Production Hosting with Heroku10:15
  • Production Ready CSS07:02
  • Stripping development-only Javascript with the DefinePlugin07:21
  • Javascript Minification and Mangling with Babel and Uglify07:15
  • Optimizing All Assets with GZip and Brotili Compression07:32
  • Building out the Blog with React06:05
  • Parsing Markdown for Blogging and Meta Data08:10
  • SplitChunks and the Bundle Analyzer06:30

Server-side Rendering & Dynamic Importing8 lectures • 1hr 9min

  • Server-side Render JS with Express and React09:18
  • Server-side Render any Filetype with Webpack07:21
  • Unified Compilation – Part 107:44
  • Unified Compilation – Part 209:37
  • Adding Multiple Pages with React Router11:04
  • Dynamic Import Syntax03:57
  • React Universal Components09:54
  • Async JS/CSS Chunk Loading in Parallel (aka the Holy Grail)09:36

Building a Multi-Domain Site with Redux integration8 lectures • 1hr 25min

  • 2 Strategies for Multiple-Domains in Development08:27
  • Scoping Your Data per Domain10:39
  • Theming CSS per Domain07:28
  • Build out the Articles Pages for our 2 Heroes16:20
  • Redux Basics: The store, the reducer and the action.10:52
  • Fetching Articles from an API with Redux Thunk12:00
  • Redux on the client. Finishing our Article fetch09:32
  • Redux stores in the Server side render10:08
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Appendix2 lectures • 15min

  • Webpack 4 Upgrade Guide13:30
  • What do you want to see next?01:03

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