Much ado has been made over the rise of single-page applications (SPAs) in recent years. These in-browser apps supplant the need for page reloading while in use and have become a boon to many developers, who cite their streamlined simplicity as a major benefit.
As Neoteric points out in its 2016 article on the matter, "Single-Page Application Vs. Multi-Page Application," SPAs create a more "natural" experience for users:
"Single-page sites help keep the user in one, comfortable web space where content is presented to the user in a simple, easy and workable fashion."
Yet for all the advantages that have catapulted them into widespread adoption, there are still several drawbacks that can cause significant difficulty, specifically where speed and SEO are concerned. To forge a successful path forward in this new future for websites, a keen understanding of the relationship between SPAs and SEO is a must.
Breaking It Down: How SPAs Work
Referring back to "Single-Page Application Vs. Multi-Page Application," we can see a few examples of what kinds of apps fit the bill -- Gmail, Google Maps, Facebook, GitHub, etc. The common thread between these, you might note, is that they more similarly mirror desktop and native mobile apps, on account of their dynamic interactions and reduced page reloading.
Going Further: How SPAs Affect Speed and SEO
The Way Forward: Mitigating Speed and SEO Challenges
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