Static website generators like Gatsby and Jekyll are popular because they allow the creation of complex, templated pages that can be hosted anywhere. But the awesome simplicity of website generators is also limiting. Search is particularly hard. How do you allow users to search when you have no server functions and no database?
We’ve recently added Search to the TrackJS Documentation site, built using the Jekyll website generator and hosted on GitHub Pages. GitHub wasn’t too keen on letting us run search functions on their servers, so we had to find another way to run full-text search on our documentation.
Building the Search Index
We found a project called Lunr.