SPA Integration Best Practices
There are many ways in which an SPA could potentially be integrated with Bloomreach Experience Manager. This page intends to help front-end engineers with a set of best practices, such that their integration is as smooth as possible, and such that Bloomreach can optimally support them in their efforts.
Use the SDK
The first best practice is to use the SPA SDK. It reduces the amount of code to write and maintain for integrating with Bloomreach Experience Manager. Bloomreach maintains the SDK, so you can take advantage from fixes for bugs discovered by other users. If your SPA uses a different JS rendering framework or a version that is not supported by the SDK, you may want to fork the SDK and adjust it to your specific needs, in such a way that you can keep up with the evolution of the SDK.
Avoid Mixed Content
Modern browsers typically block the display of a page or display warning messages if secure content (HTTPS) is mixed with insecure content (HTTP).
This can occur in your development environment when, for example, loading an SPA channel in the Experience manager while Bloomreach Experience Manager uses HTTPS and the SPA uses HTTP.
To avoid mixed content issues while developing your SPA, make sure your SPA uses HTTPS if your Bloomreach Experience Manager instance uses HTTPS.
HTTPS can be enabled in most frontend frameworks through a single configuration variable, see below for some popular frameworks:
Please use the HTTPS=true environment variable. See Using HTTPS in Development for details.
Please use the --ssl flag. See ng serve for details.
- Vue CLI
Please use the --https flag. See vue-cli-service serve for details.
Although it is also possible to enable mixed content in most browsers, this workaround is not recommended.