A lazyloadHelper is available for convenience. It helps in handling the lazyloading of images in search results, by displaying a blurry placeholder while the image is loading.

You need to have a key in your record representing metadata about the image (dimensions, hash, lqip) as generated by imoen for this to work.

Start by including the helper.

const lazyloadHelper = require('norska/frontend/algolia/lazyload');

Then define a custom transform (for example, img):

  transforms: {
    img(record) {
      const slug = record.slug;

      // The full url to the image
      const originUrl = `https://www.my-site.com/pictures/${slug}.png`

      // The options
      const options = {
        // The object containing the imoen data (width, height, hash and lqip)
        imoen: record.picture,
        // A unique ID to represent that record
        uuid: record.objectID,
        // (optional) A cloudinary bucket or list of buckets
        cloudinary: 'myBucket'
        // (optional) Set to false if you don't want to append v={revHash}
        cacheBusting: false

      return lazyloadHelper.attributes(originUrl, options);

Use the results in your src/_includes/templates/hit.pug template to populate the <img /> tag.


On first load, it will set the dimensions of the image to the expected final dimensions, but will set the src to a blurry base64 placeholder. It will also start the download of the final image in the background. Once the image is loaded, it will replace its src with the real url. It will also mark the image as loaded in its internal memory, so on the next keystroke, the final image will be directly displayed.

For your convenience, the attributes method also always returns a lqip and fullUrl in case you need them for more specific scenarios.