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Four Ways to Build Answers Experiences| Hitchhikers Platform
What You’ll Learn
In this section, you will learn:
- The four ways to build Answers experiences
- How you will build Answers experiences as an Admin
- How a developer can build Answers experiences
Four Ways to Build on Top of Answers
In order to build incredible search engines as quickly and easily as possible, we created an out-of-the-box frontend UI for Answers using Jambo and a Hitchhikers Theme. This is our default frontend build option for Admins because it is easy to spin up, is customizable by brand, and can be easily integrated into websites.
As of the Spring ‘21 release, we’ve introduced various new ways to build on top of the Answers technology – including an Answers Search UI SDK, Answers Core, and Answers API. These three new options are more flexible and require a developer:
Below, we’ve outlined all Answers build options available and the Admin or Developer experience required.
Jambo + Hitchhikers Theme
Answers Search UI SDK
To begin building with the Answers Search UI SDK, check our documentation on the Hitchhikers Site.
Frontend developers should use this typescript wrapper around the Answers API if they want the complete UI flexibility of using an API, but want to avoid constructing their own network requests. The Answers Core is a good option for you if you are looking to build your Answers experience in a different framework (ex: React, Vue, or Angular).
To begin building with Answers Core, check our documentation on Github.
To begin building with the Answers API, check our documentation.
How Admins Build Answers
A Yext Administrator will use the Jambo + HH Theme option to build out amazing search experiences easily with low-code tools. This is the fastest and easiest way to create an on-brand experience. The entire frontend build process will be configured and maintained out of the Yext Pages system, allowing for seamless updates between the Knowledge Graph, Answers backend, and Answers frontend.
For the rest of the frontend training here on the Hitchhikers platform, we will assume you are an Admin building with Jambo + HH Theme. If you are a developer, we encourage you to check out the documentation above to read more about our Answers Search UI SDK, Answers Core, and Answers API.