What is Angular?
Making Angular SEO-Friendly
Option A: Use 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. But, is SSR better for SEO?
It can be expensive. The mandatory server (and associated hosting fees) needed for SSR implementation is resource-intensive, time-consuming and costly. Poor implementation can confuse web crawlers and cause a drop in your search results.
It can be complicated. SSR also requires implementing code on both the client and server-side, creating potential duplicate code issues. You could solve this with a Node.JS back-end, but that locks you into just one back-end technology.
Implementing SSR for a small application is overkill and doesn’t justify the server maintenance costs.
Option B: Use Prerender® Instead of Angular Universal
Prerender® renders your dynamic web pages into static HTML pages that web crawlers can consistently read, understand and index. It erases the need for the manpower and busy work normally required for server-side rendering.
Prerender® is a more cost-effective option for smaller applications – it’s free to use up to 250 pages!
And, Prerender® is included in Google’s list of tools to use for dynamic rendering, making it one of the few third-party software recommendations with Google’s seal of approval. How do you create dynamic Angular web pages best for both users and Google?
By using Prerender®.
Rendering standard HTML pages is a simple two-step process: crawl and index. Search engine bots request a page from your website, scan the text and links, then index it. At that point, your page can be ranked among others in order of relevancy for any search query.
Dynamic rendering also allows you to provide a great user experience when people visit your site. And, what benefits your users will nearly always benefit your SEO.
- Better Response Times: drop your page load latency down significantly, easily pass Google Pagespeed Insights and other speed tests, and get your pages efficiently cached
- Simple Implementation: Identify your techstack, install the middleware that’s appropriate for your codebase and test to make sure it’s working