I have created a simple_form for a search bar in a sidebar. I can view it in the debugger and it highlights when I submit but nothing happens. I have added a result_page and a no_result_page but nothing occurs. I would expect to hit one of those pages upon submission but nothing happens?

    <input type="search" class="form-control" id="exampleInputEmail1" placeholder="Search">
    <input type="submit" value="submit" class="submit">

Any ideas why its not submitting anywhere? Ive checked and the search module is installed.

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Are you getting a standard error message something like "You did not submit a search term"??

This is the first step, your search keywords field needs to be named and ID'd keywords so :

<input type="search" class="form-control" id="keywords" name="keywords" placeholder="Search">

Once I do this my search form submits without errors, in fact as I have no articles channel it forwards me to /articles/[SEARCHKEY] i.e. no results...

My recommendation is to start with the documented form and alter it to your needs, testing results/no results as you go : https://ellislab.com/expressionengine/user-guide/add-ons/search/simple.html

Edit : Additionally

I note your no results path is just /articles, note that simple search will append the search key to your URL, so on no results will go to /articles/SOMEALPHANUMSTRING. I assume you have a Template group called "articles" however wit hthe presence of the search key this will casue EE to look for a template called whatever the search key is. To get around this, make sure you set up your index template with the route path of articles/{searchkey} or similar, this will allow the search key to pass through.

If you use a scheme like articles/url_title to also display individual articles, on this single view template set your route to articles/{article_url_title} and make sure this route happens before your article listing /no results route in the route manager.


Your search field needs naming "keywords":

<input type="search" name="keywords" class="form-control" id="exampleInputEmail1" placeholder="Search">

Try that...

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