What is React?

React is a JavaScript library used to build user interfaces that help you interact with a website. Whenever you browse a modern website and see on-screen menus, search bars, and buttons, those are usually made with React.

What is React?

The Drawbacks of Using React Without Prerender®

Easy to learn, but you sacrifice SEO
Easy to learn, but you sacrifice SEO
Unlike other languages such as Angular, React is a simple language that’s efficient, flexible, well-organized and easy to understand. React is a great language for building Single Page Applications (SPAs) that run fast and perform well. Unfortunately, using React is very problematic from an SEO standpoint.
Search engines can't index efficiently
Search engines can't index efficiently
React websites are usually generated on the client-side browser. This makes it difficult for search engines to index your content, which means that your users won’t find your web pages. SPAs rely on JavaScript to load a web page’s content dynamically.
There are multiple search engines to consider
There are multiple search engines to consider
Google claims that they’re getting better at crawling JavaScript pages, but this hasn’t been proven yet. Other popular search engines such as Bing, Yandex, and DuckDuckGo cannot do it at all.

How To Make Your React Pages SEO-Friendly

Make a Choice
You have two options if you want to make your React pages discoverable on search engines: enabling server-side rendering (SSR) or prerendering.
Server-side Rendering
React does have the capability to render pages on the server-side, making it easier for search engine crawlers to discover and index your content. However, doing so requires a more advanced setup using the Next.JS library. It also requires you to maintain an additional server, which is time-consuming and expensive.
Prerendering
Meanwhile, using a prerendering service like Prerender® is painless and straightforward. Our software will create fully-rendered, static HTML versions of your website automatically that you can show social media and search engine crawlers.
How To Make Your React Pages SEO-Friendly