- HTML: HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. This language is used both to indicate structure on a page (tables, paragraphs, etc.) and to create relationships between different pages.
- CSS: CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets and is commonly used to design websites. This can be done either in the HTML code at the page level or through a separate stylesheet where the layout for the entire website can be determined.
Client side rendering vs server side rendering
Not only do the languages differ in functionalities and the purpose they accomplish, the way the code is presented to the user also differs. This difference is in how a user or search engine receives the code that makes up a Web site.
HTML code, for example, is presented directly from the server to the browser of a visitor to your Web site. This is also called server side rendering mentioned. HTML code can be presented fairly quickly this way because the server where the website is hosted passes the code directly.
The big difference is in how search engines, especially Google, can understand and index Web sites. For HTML websites, a search engine need only read the code, download CSS files and the page can be indexed in search results.
Core Web Vitals
Insert hyperlinks from HTML
When hyperlinks are placed according to Web Standards, they are best understood by search engines. This means using the HREF HTML attribute. Thus, a hyperlink should always be placed as follows:
<a href=”/blog/”>Visit our blog</a>
< a onclick=”goto(‘https://brthrs.nl/blog’)”>
Load images from HTML
Render key information server side
As discussed earlier in this article, the use of client side rendering is somewhat dangerous for indexing capabilities from search engines. Website developers would do well to render at least the following elements through the server:
- The text and images on the page.
- Page title and meta descriptions.
- Structured data and hreflang, indicates the language in which a page is written.
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