Cloud search as a service company, Algolia, releases Places

Josiah Motley · June 21, 2016 · Short URL:

Allows designers and programmers to make any input box an address autocomplete

Cloud search as a service company, Algolia, has added another bullet point to their already impressive list of features; Places. Places will allow web designers and programmers to use an address complete JavaScript in their HTML forms to give users the power to quickly enter and find almost any location, without any annoying scrolls bars. The service is powered by an extensive open sourced database from OpenStreetMap.

Implementation on the designer side is painless and only requires a JavaScript oneliner. On the end user side, suggested results are delivered in under a second as more is typed into the box. Places gives creators multiple options when setting up HTML boxes that utilize Places, including street level, city level, and country level. There are even options to set up a map feature, allowing users to see exactly the location they are typing out. By utilizing Algolia's comprehensive ranking algorithm, results are accurate with a mix of pertinent local results and popular results.

Algolia was founded in 2012 by Nicolas Dessaigne and Julien Lemoine and has received total equity funding totaling over 21 million from 14 investors, with the latest round being in May of 2015. Algolia provides a hosted search API for users with a focus on accuracy and speed. Implementation is typically painless, and can be utilized by both websites and mobile applications in full text searches, numerical searches, and mixed searches. Learn more about their services and features here.

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