So I've been following the docs on how to create a search form in Craft and it works fine. But instead of having a results.twig page I would like to have just one index page and get all the results with AJAX. Is there a simple way to accomplish this in Craft? And if so, does anyone have an example?

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You can create your own search... lets say this is your html

<input type="input" id="searchTags" placeholder="Search">
<input type="button" id="startSearch" value="Go">
<div id="results"></div>

then you have the following script:

    var data = {
        action: 'pluginhandle/controller/searchEntries',
        options: $("#searchTags").val()
       type: "post",
       url: '/',
       data: data,
       success: function(response){
       // replace content from $("#results") with your new html

Your controller would look like

public function actionSearchEntry(){ 
     $criteria = new ElementCriteriaModel(ElementType::Entry);     
     // build your criteriaModel based on your needs
     $html = $this->renderTemplate('results.twig', array(
         'entries' => $criteria->find()
     return $this->returnJson($html);

your results.twig would be like

{% if entries is defined and entries|length %}
        {% for entry in entries %}
                {{ entry.title }}
        {% endfor %}
{% endif %}
  • Hi Brad! Thanks for the reply. So I need to create my own plugin to accomplish this? Commented Oct 17, 2017 at 10:26
  • The answer was mine - Brad just edited it because I messed up formatting. I`m not sure if there is a craft build in way to accomplish it. Maybe there is and Brad could tell us - but I never used it. You are more flexible if you create your own plugin. All in all I made about 20 pages different pages with craft and none of them without a custom plugin. It is really easy, fast and you have more control. Commented Oct 17, 2017 at 12:43
  • Hi @Robin Schambach, I'm trying to set up the code in your example. I made a plugin via pluginfactory.io (I've never made a Craft plugin before) and I made the controller just like this example. The JS code gives me an error (Requested page not found. [404]). My JS file is in the public folder and my results.twig page is at the root in my templates folder. Could you please help me out? I would really like this to work Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 8:50
  • could you please come here chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/74190/plugin-developement it can have 1000 reasons so it's better to chat in the room Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 8:58

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