Alternative/Competing services#

As of May 2018 there are no other services that operate as a generalized server-side rendering solution - instead, these other services strip JavaScript before returning the payload to client. They have similar APIs but were designed for an earlier era.

Prerender.cloud is a superset of these services - it achieves the same objectives (SEO, unfurls (link previews) for bots) but yields one more: initial render performance (by leaving the JavaScript in).

We're focused on lower prices and no commitments (we're month-to-month).

Prerender.cloud is the lowest priced and the most configurable pre-rendering solution.

Prerender.cloud vs Puppeteer/Rendertron#

  • Puppeteer/Rendertron are open source solutions
  • You'll have to host them yourself
    • and manage software and security updates
    • and right-size your VM so you don't overpay
  • Puppeteer/Rendertron doesn't tolerate burst traffic (Prerender.cloud has a large pool of headless Chrome instances to handle large bursts of traffic)
  • Puppeteer/Rendertron may require extra hacks to get the browser to wait long enough to return the pre-rendered content
  • Puppeteer/Rendertron does not have our state (AJAX/WebSocket) management scripts

Prerender.cloud vs Prerender.io#

  • Prerender.io is really expensive: $3,600 per 1,000,000 requests (10x more expensive than us)
  • same API as us (for compatability)
  • PhantomJS (we use Chrome)

Prerender.cloud vs Brombone.com#

  • Brombone.com is expensive: $2,600 per 1,000,000 requests (7x more expensive than us)
  • Brombone.com uses PhantomJS (we use Chrome)

Prerender.cloud vs Prerender.com#

  • Prerender.com is expensive: $1,000 per 1,000,000 requests (2.8x more expensive than us)
  • Prerender.com has same API as us (for compatability)
  • Prerender.com uses Chrome (like us)

Prerender.cloud vs Getseojs.com#

  • Getseojs is expensive: $690 per 1,000,000 requests (2x more expensive than us)
  • Getseojs.com uses PhantomJS (we use Chrome)

Prerender.cloud vs Seo4ajax.com#

  • seo4ajax.com is expensive, complicated, and annual billing: $400 per 1,000,000 requests. 1.1x more expensive than prerender.cloud
  • seo4ajax.com has analytics (we do not), but they add a ~30% upcharge for this, bringing price to $530 per 1,000,000 requests. 1.5x more expensive than prerender.cloud
  • seo4ajax.com has a crawler (you can host with Roast.io to achieve this with prerender.cloud)
  • seo4ajax.com uses Chrome (like us)
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