Search all the things.
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Search is another one of those features that people point to when arguing against static sites. How can you search your site without servers? As it turns out, there are a number of ways.
Most link I have listed below are services which will index your site and provide an API that you can used to search your content. In fact, you could just use Google custom search for this, but I believe there are ads associated with that, so it is up to you. It is a decent fallback.
When it comes to search integration services, Algolia is usually what people mention first. And for a good reason. They are very full featured and offer a solid community plan free for non-commercial applications. So if you want something for your personal blog or hobby application, this is good choice.
Bonsai is a little bit different in that it isn’t a specific site search tool, it is a hosted elasticsearch service. As such it is a lot more flexible, but also likely not as easy to get up and running out of the box. They do offer a free hobby plan, so if you think elasticsearch would help your site or application, these guys seem like a good option.
CloudSh seems to be focused on static sites, which is perfect for our needs. They index periodically, or you can run a manual indexing, like when you deploy. Their unit of measurement is pages, and if you have fewer than 300, you can use their flee plan.