What is Angular?

Angular is a structural framework for building single-page, dynamic web applications using JavaScript. The Angular framework is based in TypeScript.

What is Angular?

Making Angular Play Nice With SEO

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Option A: Server-Side Rendering

The normal workaround to this problem is to enable server-side rendering (SSR) using the Angular Universal library. Doing this generates the final HTML elements for search engine web crawlers to use.

The problem with this solution, though, is that the mandatory server needed for SSR implementation is resource-intensive and costly. It takes a long time to set up. Poor implementation can confuse web crawlers and cause a drop in your search results.

SSR also requires implementing code on both the client and server-side, creating potential duplicate code issues. Although you could use a Node.JS back-end to resolve this, doing so locks you into using one backend technology.

Angular is a complex JavaScript language that is normally used for larger applications. Compared to other web frameworks such as React and Vue.JS, rendering in Angular is bulkier and comes with a steeper learning curve. Angular Universal also requires you to use its Ahead-of-Time (AoT) compiler to render JavaScript functions, as opposed to React and Vue.JS which have broader tool sets.

Implementing SSR for a small application is overkill and doesn’t justify the server maintenance costs.

Option A: Server-Side Rendering
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Option B: Prerendering

Prerender® renders your dynamic web pages into static HTML  pages that web crawlers can read and understand. It automates this process for you, removing all of the manpower and busy work required to render dynamic web pages server-side.

On top of that, Prerender® is a more cost-effective option for smaller applications – it’s free to use up to 250 pages!

How do you create dynamic Angular web pages that offer your users a rich experience while still being discoverable in Google search results?

Option B: Prerendering
Getting Crawled
Getting Crawled
An Angular application is rendered in the users’ browser using client-side rendering (CSR) by default, where it renders pages in the Document Object Model (DOM) as the user interacts with it. Web crawlers are unable to understand the content or structure of a highly interactive Angular page like a human can.
Getting Ranked
Getting Ranked
The main content on an Angular page isn’t part of the HTML document and is contained in templates instead. This is a problem when it comes to getting Angular web pages ranked on search engines.
Getting Users
Getting Users
If a web crawler can’t read a page properly, then it can’t list that content on the search engine results page. If a page isn’t listed on the search results, then users can’t access it from Google.