Searching from the front-end or the back-end? What do you recommend?

We definitely recommend to search from the front-end! For multiple reasons:

  1. Speed. A front-end implementation will hit our servers directly, without going through your backend. It can be up to 10x faster for the end-user to retrieve the results.
  2. DSN. We have a distributed API allowing you to select multiple datacenters around the world. This allows your users to target the closest server, which has a huge impact on latency. This can only work with a front-end implementation.
  3. Availability. With a back end implementation, you force some network routes. Even if there is only a local problem in the network, all of your users will be affected. Having a front-end implementation means only a subset of your users will be affected if there's a network problem.
If you feel like a back-end implementation would work better in your case, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
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