Head Tags

You’ll often need to add tags to your app’s <head> section. There are three ways to do this: using the Helmet library, using the <Components.HeadTags/> component, or using the Head object.

Helmet

You can use Helmet inside a VulcanJS app just like inside any other React app:

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const Layout = ({children}) =>

<div id='wrapper'>

<Helmet>
<link name='bootstrap' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.0.0-alpha.5/css/bootstrap.min.css'/>
<link name='font-awesome' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/4.7.0/css/font-awesome.min.css'/>
</Helmet>

<div className='main'>

{children}

</div>

</div>

registerComponent('Layout', Layout);

Components.HeadTags

Using HeadTags

Out of the box, a VulcanJS app adds a few default tags such as <title/>, <meta name='description'/>, etc. These are all added using Helmet by Components.HeadTags (called from inside the App component), using values provided by your settings.json file.

In some cases, you’ll want to change these values for a given page. For example, a single post page will want to have a different title than your homepage. You can do that by calling Components.HeadTags directly anywhere inside your component tree with one or more of the following props:

  • title
  • url
  • image
  • description
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<Components.HeadTags url={Posts.getPageUrl(post, true)} title={post.title} image={post.thumbnailUrl} description={post.excerpt} />

By calling HeadTags again, you’ll be calling Helmet again, which in turn will override the head tags previously set by the App component.

Overriding Headtags

Since Components.HeadTags is a component, you can also override it completely using replaceComponent('HeadTags', MyComponent).

The Head Object

Finally, there are also some cases where you want to add or remove a tag from outside your React components. You can do so using the Head object.

For example. here is how the vulcan:rss package adds an RSS feed link to the head:

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import { Head, Utils } from 'meteor/vulcan:core';

Head.link.push({
name: 'rss',
rel: 'alternate',
type: 'application/rss+xml',
href: `${Utils.getSiteUrl()}feed.xml`
});

You can also remove a tag using removeFromHeadTags:

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import { removeFromHeadTags } from 'meteor/vulcan:core';

removeFromHeadTags('link', 'rss');
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