Eleventy How to setup search on Eleventy

written in JavaScript

How to setup CloudSh Search on a new Eleventy site.

  • Create the site
  • Add a search page
  • Setup CloudSh
  • Integrate CloudSh

You can find the example site on GitHub.

Create the site

Setup a basic 11ty site, if you don't have one yet.

Create a directory for the site 11ty. Then from that directory init npm and install @11ty/eleventy.

Next we're going to setup a couple of folders, one for site config and one for includes and layouts.

Finally, create the base.html layout and the index.html pages.

mkdir 11ty
cd 11ty

npm init

npm i -D @11ty/eleventy

mkdir _data
mkdir _includes

echo '<!doctype html><html><head><title>Page title</title></head><body>{{ content }}</body></html>' > _includes/base.html

echo "---\nlayout: base\n---\n\n<h1>11ty</h1>" > index.html

eleventy --serve

Run eleventy --serve to see the site. You can keep 11ty running from this point.

Add Search

Add a search page search.html. You can setup a more styled form, just note the ids and namess.

layout: base


<form id="cloudsh">
<input type="text" id="q"/>

<div id="results"></div>

And a link on the index.html page to the search page. You could also add a form that does a GET request to /search/.

<a href="/search/">Search</a>

<form id="cloudsh" action="/search/" method="GET">
<input type="text" id="q" name="q"/>
<button type="submit">Search</button>

If you use a form make sure to set the input name to q.

Setup CloudSh

Create and account on CloudSh or login.

Create an Index for your site and then create a new Token.

Create Index Create Token

Integrate CloudSh

Add a site.js config file to hold the CloudSh Token you just created. Put the file in _data.

/* _data/site.js */
module.exports = {
cloudsh_token: 'XXXXXXXXXXXX'

On the search page, add the CloudSh JavaScript before the </body> tag.

<script src="https://app.cloudsh.com/js/cloudsh.js"></script>
var CshConf = {
token: "{{ site.cloudsh_token }}",
formId: "#cloudsh",
resultsId: "#results",

If you used different ids or names update them here.

Test everything out!

Search Results

Done! Happy Searching!