What You Don't Need Plugins For
- Using React components or component libraries you want to include in your UI, such as
Material UI, or the typeahead from your component library.
- Integrating visualization libraries, such as
As a general rule, you may use any npm package you might use without Gatsby, with Gatsby. What plugins offer is a prepackaged integration into the core Gatsby APIs to save you time and energy, with minimal configuration. In the case of
Styled Components, you could manually render the
Provider component near the root of your application, or you could just use
gatsby-plugin-styled-components which takes care of this step for you in addition to any other difficulties you may run into configuring Styled Components to work with server side rendering.
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