Introduction to Server-Side Rendering (SSR) with Nuxt.js

Server-Side Rendering (SSR) is a powerful technique in Vue.js for rendering web pages on the server and sending fully rendered HTML to the client. Nuxt.js is a popular framework that simplifies SSR implementation for Vue applications. In this guide, we'll explore the benefits of SSR, how to set up Nuxt.js, and how to use SSR to improve your Vue application's performance and SEO.

Setting Up Nuxt.js for SSR

To use Nuxt.js for SSR, you need to set up a Nuxt.js project. You can do this by installing Nuxt.js globally and creating a new project. Here's an example of setting up Nuxt.js:

# Install Nuxt.js globally
npm install -g create-nuxt-app
# Create a new Nuxt.js project
npx create-nuxt-app my-nuxt-app

After creating your project, you can configure it and start building SSR-enabled Vue applications with Nuxt.js.

Benefits of SSR with Nuxt.js

SSR with Nuxt.js provides several benefits, including improved performance and search engine optimization (SEO). Here are some key advantages:

  • Fast initial page load: SSR sends pre-rendered HTML to the client, reducing the time it takes for your web pages to become interactive.
  • SEO-friendly: Search engines can easily index content in SSR-rendered pages, leading to better search engine rankings.
  • Enhanced user experience: SSR provides a smoother user experience, especially on slower network connections or less powerful devices.

Creating SSR-Enabled Pages

In Nuxt.js, creating SSR-enabled pages is as simple as creating Vue components in the "pages" directory. These components will be automatically server-rendered. Here's an example of an SSR-enabled page:

<h2>Welcome to Nuxt.js SSR</h2>
<p>This is a server-rendered page.</p>
export default {
// Component logic here

In this example, we've created an SSR-enabled page in a Vue component in the "pages" directory of your Nuxt.js project.

Running Your Nuxt.js SSR Application

To run your Nuxt.js SSR application, you can use the following command:

# Run the Nuxt.js development server
npm run dev

This command starts the development server, and you can access your SSR-enabled pages at the specified URL (usually http://localhost:3000).


Vue.js SSR with Nuxt.js is a powerful combination that improves the performance and SEO of your Vue applications. By setting up Nuxt.js and creating SSR-enabled pages, you can provide faster initial page loads and better search engine rankings, ultimately enhancing the user experience.