Single Page Apps – Notes on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

imageOne of my readers has mentioned that there are issues regarding search engine optimization (SEO) for single page apps. Because content is dynamically loaded via JavaScript calls rather than as part of the initial page load, search engine crawlers won’t see all the content.

Let me explain.

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Single Page Apps – Writing a LoDash/Underscore Plugin for SammyJS

Sammy.jsAlthough SammyJS is a router that provides you with file loading of data and templates. You load templates and data using Sammy’s plugins.

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can use sammy.load to load JSON data, and then use LoDash (or Underscore) to _.find() to retrieve the item based on the value provided in the sammy route. And you will combine the template and data using a custom Sammy plugin.

Why LoDash?

LoDash or Underscore provide great methods for working with collections and arrays. There are subtle differences in these two libraries. But for this tutorial, they provide the same functionality.

Use these libraries to “slice and dice” your data. In the case of this tutorial, you will use _.find(). In your real life applications, there will be more complex ways of manipulating your data, that LoDash can provide.

LoDash includes _.template(). The template method compiles a set of HTML code and turns it into JavaScript. The templates can include _ and complex JavaScript functions.

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Snippet – Fixing Errors When Using jQuery, Sammy, RequireJS

Sammy.jsWhile I was trying out Sammy.js with Require.js I kept getting several errors, among them:

  • jQuery is not defined
  • Uncaught TypeError: Object function ( selector, context ) { // The jQuery object is actually just the init constructor ‘enhanced’ return new jQuery.fn.init( selector, context, rootjQuery ); } has no method ‘sammy’

Here’s a code sample that shows how you can get the two to work together.

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Single Page Apps – Deep Dive into Loading Templates Using Sammy, Mustache, RequireJS

Sammy.jsIn this tutorial you will learn how Sammy renders a Mustache template and then load and interpolate the template. In addition, you will use Sammy and templates as Asynchronous Module Definition (AMD) modules.

The tutorial builds on the previous postings Getting Started with SammyJS – Routes, where you learned you can use Sammy to provide client side routing, and Loading JSON Using Sammy where you learned how to load JSON data using sammy.load().

This tutorial goes beyond the getting started with Sammy tutorial, JSON Store, provided in Sammy’s documentation. In this tutorial you will learn what happens behind the scenes with each of the important calls. The idea is to help you choose the right Sammy calls as your application gets more complex.

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Single Page Apps – Loading JSON Using Sammy

Sammy.jsSingle Page Applications (SPA) are web sites/applications which are consists of single page and provide smooth user experience in contrast with traditional click and refresh web pages. You can integrate data loading along with routing to provide your users with a site or app that “pops”. No waiting, because the data has already been loaded.

We will start with a prototype for a Sammy page, which provides a div whose identifier is main, where we will render the data. And the code to load the scripts.

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