Sebastian De Deyne, my colleague at Spatie, wrote a very nice overview of all different methods in Vue to define a template.

This article isn't about Vue's template syntax, but about where and how to define your templates. I wrote this because at the time of writing there aren't really resources that consolidate all the different manners to manage your templates.

I've divided the different ways to define templates in three different categories, each with their own drawbacks:

  • Writing templates that compile at runtime (lesser performance)
  • Using single file .vue components (requires a build step)
  • Manually writing render functions (pure JavaScript, no html-like template syntax)