It's time to ditch Medium for good! 🌈⚡️

Introducing Devblog by Hashnode. Blog on your domain for FREE. Highly customizable and optimized for developers.

Learn more

In 2018, does SSR still provide an advantage over CSR for: (1) SEO, (2) performance?



Test your CSR with 'fetch as bingbot', 'fetch as googlebot' .

Yandex (duckduckgo) currently doesn't run javascript.


It depends. In some countries you might only get a 2G connection. Camping sites have terrible flaky wifi. Both download size and latency becomes an issue. CSR takes time to load and run JS, but once running, an CSR app can react snappier (optimistic UI).

If the requirement is: offline-first app, then CSR is the only option.


CSR/SSR can be made accessible (WCAG 2.0), but it takes effort. Test your pages with Apple VoiceOver and NVDA. A screen reader reads from the browsers DOM tree, so javascript doesn't have to be an obstacle.

Reply to this…

(6 answers) Take me to the question