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Bending DuckDuckGo to do your bidding.

It turns out while thinking ahead I decided I will at some point need to give people a way to search my blog. Not wanting to write or host an indexer myself I thought maybe I’ll turn to my favorite search engine of all time, DuckDuckGo.

If you havent ever used DuckDuckGo I suggest highly giving it a shot, it is a very powerful search engine and it respects your privacy to boot. But getting past that the flexibility and power that makes them great also makes them a great tool for site operators, and they are smart enough to recognize this.

My first run at adding it I discovered DuckDuckGo’s search box generator The downside was it only generated one height and one look, which may work for some sites but not for mine. Doing a bit more digging I discovered DuckDuckGo’s URL Parameters which seemed like a great way to get this going but they had options for everything except site, so that left me one choice, I had to manipulate the search before it is submitted to DuckDuckGo to append to the query.

I know what all the JavaScript folks out there are screaming and mentioning how easy that is with JavaScript, and they are right. For the time being a pure HTML solution evades me so I had to hack some stuff together with JavaScript. so lets look at the code

<div id="search">
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function SearchMySite ()
            SearchEngine = ''
            Site = ''
            url = SearchEngine+document.getElementById('SearchQuery').value+'+site:'+Site;
            window.location.href = url;
    <input type="search" id="SearchQuery" placeholder="DDG search this blog" onkeydown="if(event.which == 13){SearchMySite();}" 
    style="border:1px solid;padding: 1px;height: 25px;width: 150px;margin-top: 2px;">
    <a onclick="SearchMySite();" href="#" style="border:0"><img src="/img/search.png" alt="Search" 
    style="border:0;height:25px;align: bottom;vertical-align: bottom;padding: 0px;margin-left: -5px;"></a>

As we can see really nothing flashy showy or elegant here, just some brute force JavaScript that hacks together a URL with query and tells the browser to go there. as you can see simple and gets the job done, if I threw a few of the parameter’s from DuckDuckGo’s site in there I could also make DuckDuckGo look like my blog, but that was more than I really felt like doing since DuckDuckGo looks pretty as it is.