Single Page Application vs. Multi-Page Application
Differences between single page application and multi-page application.
You can scale the content as much as you want by adding another page and, because the content on each page is static, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is generally straightforward. On the downside, MPAs are much slower in operation as every new page is loaded from scratch. However, if your web content is (largely) read-only, then MPA may provide you with all you need.
As for single page apps, their primary advantage is their speed. In addition to that, SPAs are much better suited to exposing rich functionality than MPAs and they also cache information so the application can be used offline.
The biggest downside of SPAs is that the dynamic nature of its content does make SEO and discoverability more complex. However, as more companies adopt SPAs, crawlers and search engines have been evolving to better deal with this type of app.
That said, it’s not really a case of single page apps being better than multi-page apps or vice versa. Both approaches have their merits. It’s important to note, though, that as the web crawler and indexing issues traditionally associated with single page apps are resolved, the advantages of MPAs over SPAs will start to fade, and the latter will indeed become the de facto standard for modern web apps.
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