Prerender adheres to google's
_escaped_fragment_ proposal, which we recommend you use. It's easy:
$ npm install prerender-node --save
And when you set up your express app, add:
or if you have an account on prerender.io and want to use your token:
Note If you're testing locally, you'll need to run the prerender server locally so that it has access to your server.
This middleware is tested with Express3 and Express4, but has no explicit dependency on either.
If your URLs use a hash-bang:
If you want to see `http://localhost:3000/#!/profiles/1234` Then go to `http://localhost:3000/?_escaped_fragment_=/profiles/1234`
If your URLs use push-state:
If you want to see `http://localhost:3000/profiles/1234` Then go to `http://localhost:3000/profiles/1234?_escaped_fragment_=`
_escaped_fragment_or agent string)
GETrequest to the prerender service (phantomjs server) for the page's prerendered HTML
Whitelist a single url path or multiple url paths. Compares using regex, so be specific when possible. If a whitelist is supplied, only urls containing a whitelist path will be prerendered.
Blacklist a single url path or multiple url paths. Compares using regex, so be specific when possible. If a blacklist is supplied, all url's will be prerendered except ones containing a blacklist path.
This method is intended to be used for caching, but could be used to save analytics or anything else you need to do for each crawler request. If you return a string from beforeRender, the middleware will serve that to the crawler (with status
200) instead of making a request to the prerender service. If you return an object the middleware will look for a
body property (defaulting to
"" respectively) and serve those instead.
This method is intended to be used for caching, but could be used to save analytics or anything else you need to do for each crawler request. This method is a noop and is called after the prerender service returns HTML.
Option to hard-set the protocol. Useful for sites that are available on both http and https.
Option to hard-set the host. Useful for sites that are behind a load balancer or internal reverse proxy.
For example, your internal URL looks like
http://internal-host.com/ and you might want it to instead send
a request to Prerender.io with your real domain in place of
Option to forward headers from request to prerender.
Option to add options to the request sent to the prerender server.
When setting up the middleware, you can add a
beforeRender function and
afterRender function for caching.
Here's an example testing a local redis cache:
$ npm install redis
var redis =client = redis;prerender;
var redis =client = rediscacheableStatusCodes = 200: true 302: true 404: true;prerender;
We host a Prerender server at prerender.io so that you can work on more important things, but if you've deployed the prerender service on your own... set the
PRERENDER_SERVICE_URL environment variable so that this middleware points there instead. Otherwise, it will default to the service already deployed by prerender.io.
$ export PRERENDER_SERVICE_URL=<new url>
Or on heroku:
$ heroku config:set PRERENDER_SERVICE_URL=<new url>
As an alternative, you can pass
prerender_service_url in the options object during initialization of the middleware
We love any contributions! Feel free to create issues, pull requests, or middleware for other languages/frameworks!
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