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Here's my thought on 💭 Pagefind | Pagefind — Static low-bandwidth search at scale

Pagefind is absolutely insane. I've tried a number of static site searches, and found them all hard to get get going, clunky and not the best experience as a user or developer.

I setup pagefind in about 2 minutes on my site where it found and indexed 833 pages in 2 minutes.

The only downside I see so far is that it is a lot of bandwidth to the user. On simulated slow 3G you can definitly feel it, but not terrible. Anything slower and its going to start feeling frustrating.

edit: I have actually fully deployed it on waylonwalker.com, and its fast!

create the index

npx -y pagefind --site public --serve

Then I put this on a page, it looks really nice on a white background, but would need some work to drop into a dark theme.

<link href="/pagefind/pagefind-ui.css" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="/pagefind/pagefind-ui.js"></script>
<div id="search"></div>
    window.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', (event) => {
        new PagefindUI({ element: "#search", showSubResults: true });

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