I’m interested in adding some search functionality to this website. Unfortunately, it looks like adding search to a blogdown site is something that is more theme specific. Since my theme does not implement search, I’m on my own.
It looks like there are two ways to add search.
- Export the problem to a proper search engine like Google.
- Build an on-site search engine using lunr.js or something similar.
I use Hugo to maintain this website. The Hugo docs show some examples of how to add custom site search, but none of these looked like something I would like to implement and maintain.
I ended up hacking together a search page that links to Google, so I chose to implement method 1. The solution is not very complex, and the whole js code is just one function. I follow this post closely.
Give the site search a try and let me know if there is a better way to rely on Google to solve this problem. I think the “go to a different page just to search” solution is inelegant, but I never found a way to put this code properly in the header or footer of my webpages. DuckDuckGo does offer a search widget that fits in the header or footer of this blog, but I removed it because I thought it looked ugly. -__-
Hopefully, the search bar will prevent me from writing the same blog post multiple times.