Searx skins

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The default Serax search engine installation comes with several skins and they all have their draw-backs and advantages. Here's an overview of the various stock alternatives.

courgette[edit | edit source]

The Courgette is a Serax skins which instantly gives the impression that it's great. The front page has a big obvious advantage in terms of usability: You can just click and select what categories you'd like to search. That's clearly useful, you may want to search for both music and videos and nothing else. That's a nice feature:

Courgette-frontpage.png

However, the actual presentation of search-results lacks any specification of which search-engine the meta-searchengine Serax used to pull the results:

Courgette-searchresults.png

Seeing which search-result came from where may not be something you care about. But if you do you'll find this skin to be lacking. Fixing it is probably not that hard, though, the code you need is readily available in other skins...

pix-art[edit | edit source]

This skin is some kind of artistic art project clearly not meant for normal use.

The skins front-page is reasonable..

Pix-art-frontpage.png

..but the search-results presented with the Pix-Art skin are somewhat confusing and useless.

Pix-art-searchresults.png

You can kind of tell what sites the links are to and how many links there are to each site. While the skin is interesting it can't really be used for regular searching.

simple[edit | edit source]

The "simple" skin has a nice clean and simple front-page for your search-engine. You can choose what category to search but only one. You can not choose two or three.

Simple-frontpage.png

The search-result page looks fine.

Simple-searchresults.png

The results page show the source of the results and a link to archive.org for copies for potentially unavailable pages. It's clean and usable. It's not that different from the default results-page in the "oscar" skin.

legacy[edit | edit source]

The "legacy" front page looks very much like "simple" except there's no option to quickly change language.

Legacy-frontpage.png

The results page has icons next to each site. The icons represent the search-engine the results were pulled from; it would make more sense if they were icons from the sites linked to but that would require downloading them on demand so the design-decision makes sense from that perspective.

Legacy-results.png

oscar[edit | edit source]

oscar is the default Serax skin and it is what you see on all Serax instances everywhere. This skin comes with three CSS themes: logicodev, logicodev-dark and pointhi. The logicodev skins is the configuration's default.

The search-results when using Oscar and the Pointhi CSS look like this:

Oscar-pointhi.png

There's not really that much of a difference between that and the default. logicodev and logicodev-dark do differ: One is dark.


Searx skins are configured in searx/settings.yml