In the world of web development, we often find ourselves choosing between a Single Page Application (SPA) for a seamless user experience (UX) and a traditional Multi-Page Application (MPA) for its natural Search Engine Optimization (SEO) performance. But what if we could have the best of both worlds? Enter HTMX.
HTMX is a powerful tool that allows us to build modern user interfaces with the simplicity and power of hypertext. It offers the UX benefits of SPAs, such as no need for full page reloads, while maintaining the server-side simplicity of MPAs. This means we can create highly interactive web applications that feel “snappier” and more responsive.
One of the key advantages of HTMX is that it embraces HTML as the primary medium of application development. This HTML-centric development builds on the original model of the web, allowing us to save our complexity budget for the back-end functionality that differentiates our application from others.
In my personal website, I’ve successfully implemented HTMX to achieve this balance. The site offers a dynamic, SPA-like user experience, with seamless transitions and no full page reloads. Yet, it maintains the SEO advantages of a traditional website. I’ve attached a video of me navigating through the site to give you a better idea of what HTMX can do.