What is Vue.JS?

Building a website is one thing. Getting people to see it is another.
Vue.JS is a progressive JavaScript framework used to build user interfaces.

It works by letting you build your website using reusable components. Those components encapsulate your data in JavaScript, then connect that data to an HTML template. Whenever you change that data, the template re-renders to reflect that.

Similar to React, Vue works within a VIrtual DOM. Whatever HTML you write in Vue is compiled into a Virtual DOM whenever the component is rendered.

What is Vue.JS?

SSR or Prerendering?

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Getting Crawled

There are two options for getting your Vue website properly crawled and indexed: enable server-side rendering (SSR) or use a prerendering plugin. Vue has the advantage over Angular and React when it comes to SSR support because it provides ample documentation telling you how to do this.

Getting Crawled
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SSR Pros and Cons

However, enabling SSR comes with significant trade-offs. It involves a much more complicated setup, which means more work for your developers and higher server maintenance costs.

SSR comes with some performance enhancements like a faster page load and first contentful paint. However, some visible elements like buttons or widgets might not be interactive while the page is still loading, which can negatively impact the user experience.

SSR Pros and Cons
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Prerendering Benefits

Prerendering your web pages with Prerender® is simpler and faster. Our software renders all of your JavaScript pages in static HTML that search engine web crawlers can read and understand.

Prerender® also works seamlessly with the smaller apps and websites that are typically designed with Vue, making it the ideal choice for your Vue website. The simple solution is usually the best one.

Prerendering Benefits

Vue SEO Challenges

Client-side rendering
Client-side rendering
Vue defaults to client-side rendering, just like Angular and React. It is used to create single-page applications. SPAs are at an SEO disadvantage because they render pages dynamically with JavaScript.
Difficulty indexing
Difficulty indexing
Search engine web crawlers need to be able to execute your JavaScript to fully crawl and index your website. Google claims that it’s able to execute JavaScript, but this hasn’t been proven.
Missing traffic
Missing traffic
Other search engines such as Bing, Yandex, DuckDuckGo cannot index JavaScript-based websites. That means you could be missing out on a lot of search traffic.