Tools for static websites starting with search

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We’re making a super easy drop in search box that will index your site automatically or via a REST request.

  1. Authorize a domain for indexing by sending a REST request or creating an account.
  2. Put some HTML for the search box and include the jQuery plugin for searching.
  3. Optionally request an index when content changes via a REST request.



On the first time an index is requested for a new site, we’ll authorize the site by emailing the administrator email registered to the domain.

Once that email is confirmed by clicking a link in the email, indexing will

Re-indexing will happen again upon another call to the index resource OR after a week goes by.



  • index: Required. The domain to index.
  • altEmail: Optional. An different email to use for verification but it must be on the domain registration.

Request Body: application/json

{"index": ""}

Response Body

  "index": "",
  "status": "ok"

Sample HTML

Create a form with results below the search box

<div class="row mb-4">
  <div class="col">
    <form class="search form-inline">
      <div class="form-group">
        <input class="form-control" id="q" placeholder="search" type="text"></input>
        <button class="btn btn-primary">Search</button> </div>

<div class="row">
  <div class="col">
    <div id="results"></div>

The form needs to have an iput with a q id on it.

There needs to be a div with the id results.

Create a form that submits to the search page

<form class="search form-inline" method="get" action="/my-search-page">
  <div class="form-group">
    <input class="form-control" id="q" placeholder="search" type="text"></input>
    <button class="btn btn-primary">Search</button>

For other forms, just submit to the search page via GET with a q querystring.

jQuery Plugin

The plugin only needs to be included on the search page.

<script src="/js/cloudsh.js"></script>
  // init the search plugin. Only needed on the search page  
  $(function() {
      // Set the AJAX spinner CSS class. Default:
      spinnerCss: ".spinner{margin:100px auto;width:50px;height:40px;text-align:center;font-size:10px}.spinner > div{background-color:#333;height:100%;width:6px;display:inline-block;margin:0 4px 0 0;padding:0;-webkit-animation:sk-stretchdelay 1.2s infinite ease-in-out;animation:sk-stretchdelay 1.2s infinite ease-in-out}.spinner .rect2{-webkit-animation-delay:-1.1s;animation-delay:-1.1s}.spinner .rect3{-webkit-animation-delay:-1.0s;animation-delay:-1.0s}.spinner .rect4{-webkit-animation-delay:-0.9s;animation-delay:-0.9s}.spinner .rect5{-webkit-animation-delay:-0.8s;animation-delay:-0.8s}@-webkit-keyframes sk-stretchdelay{0%,100%,40%{-webkit-transform:scaleY(0.4)}20%{-webkit-transform:scaleY(1.0)}}@keyframes sk-stretchdelay{0%,100%,40%{transform:scaleY(0.4);-webkit-transform:scaleY(0.4)}20%{transform:scaleY(1.0);-webkit-transform:scaleY(1.0)}}",
      // Set the spinner HTML. Default:
      spinnerHtml: "<div class='spinner'><div class='rect1'></div><div class='rect2'></div><div class='rect3'></div><div class='rect4'></div><div class='rect5'></div></div>",
      // Set the ID of the results element. Default:
      resultsElement: "#results",
      // Set the no results message. Default:
      notFound: "No results",
      // Set the query input jQuery finder. Default:
      queryInput: "#q",
      // Set the number of results per page. Default:
      perPage: 10,
      // Set the index, like ''. Required.
      index: "",