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SPA, Headless, Widgets and AEM? | AEM Community Blog Seeding

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SPA, Headless, Widgets and AEM? by Max Barrass

Abstract

There are many ways to build the web; most of the ways can be implemented in AEM, which one works best is going to depend on your authors. What the authors are willing to author, how involved do they get with content, and how involved do they want to get with crafting experiences? Once you answer, these questions the solution will pop out. The following should provide an overview of available options and arm you with information to make a choice.

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Before we starte here is a context of each term

SPA - single page application an alternative to a multi-page website. SPA Editor - AEM native editor for SPA’s Headless - a pattern where you leverage API or GrapgQL to get data from server Widget - a component of a web page with clientside experience, it has basic HTML, and javascript turns into the interactive experience when loaded.

Now we can extrapolate these in relation to AEM. Here is a summary of patterns of implementing single-page and multi-page experience in AEM. In a lot of AEM implementations, you will find that all of these methods would have been utilised over time.

SPA - is a standalone application hosted externally to AEM, managed by developers, potential config by authors through content; can be headless. SPA in a Page - provides a method of host SPA application in a page, giving the ability to place SPA’s in different parts of the site; developer-focused, SPA has a dedicated component with possible authoring inputs; can be headless. SPA Editor - native ability to create SPA’s in AEM, allow full authoring of application; native components; can be headless. Page - a native way to create multi-page experiences, allow full authoring of pages, full content reuse and ability to use any components needed; a primary way of creating content for the web. Widgets in Page - small targeted components that are added to pages to create experiences; provides a way to create rich experiences that could be hard to author; can be headless.

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