How to use “Filter and search” in a Widget


When Stackla widgets are shown, often a custom menu will be built. The menu will drive the Filter-changing in the widget and often perform other functions too, not necessarily related to Stackla.

In this guide, we will build a case where we can trigger the widget filter by clicking on a menu.

Key concepts


In your Stack, the name Tile is given to a piece of content that has been saved and made available for moderation. It could be a Tweet, an Instagram photo or a YouTube video, amongst others. It could also be a user-generated post to your photo competition.


A Stackla Widget will be created to demonstrate the use of the JavaScript API to switch the filters being displayed.


Stackla Filters drive the content being displayed in the Widget, so they are a key resource used for the menu. The REST API will be used to grab them from

JavaScript API

The JavaScript API is will be used to talk to the Widget on the site and get it to switch the Filter being displayed.

The Fun Part

Getting Started

In this example we will need to do the following:

  1. Configure Filters & Tags
  2. Enable ‘Allow Filter Tags to be overwritten’
  3. Enable ‘Enable Text Search’
  4. Create an application to grab the Filter data from Stackla

Configure Filters

For this example, we will have some filters to choose from: Latest, Twitter and Instagram. Remove the other Filters, or if you’re starting from scratch, create them so that they sort by Latest, with Twitter and Instagram filtering by the Twitter and Instagram networks respectively.

Create the Example Application

To simplify the example, we will create a simple HTML page and will have clickable filters and tags listing.

Lets jump to the geek’s mode to see how it works.

Lets add the widget embed code to the page.

<div class="widget">
    <div class='stacklafw' data-id='9999' data-hash='abcd123efgh5678' data-ct='' data-alias='' data-ttl="30" ></div>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        (function (d, id) {
            if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
            var t = d.createElement('script');
            t.type = 'text/javascript';
            t.src = '//';
   = id;
            (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(t);
        }(document, 'stacklafw-js'));

To see this example work, we will need to add this. This widgetId will be use to target selected widget.

<script> window.widgetId = 9999; // manually added </script>


Let’s add clickable filters listing, you will notice the filter-id are attached to the listing, it will be used to do the javascript filtering.

note: don’t forget to change the filter-id to your filter-id.

<nav class="filters">
        <ul class="nav nav-pills">
            <li class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-2" data-filter="1031"><a href="#latest">Latest</a></li>
            <li class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-2" data-filter="1035"><a href="#twitter">Twitter</a></li>
            <li class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-2" data-filter="1034"><a href="#gratest">Greatest</a></li>

This is how we are going to drive the clickable filters listing. We call the Stackla.WidgetManager class to apply the selected filtering.

$('.filters a').click(function(){
    var filter = $(this).parent();
    $('.filters li').removeClass('active');
    Stackla.WidgetManager.changeFilter(window.widgetId, filter.attr('data-filter'));

Keyword / Full Text Search

You will need to request from Stackla Support to enable the ‘Text Search’ option in your Stack. By default, this feature is off.

Let’s build the keyword input form and add JavaScript to it.

<form id="search-form" action="#">
    <input type="text" name="keyword"> <button type="submit">search</button>
var refSearch = null;
function search(keyword) {
    if (refSearch) {
    refSearch = setTimeout(function(){
        console.log('keyword', keyword);

        if (keyword.length > 0 && keyword.length < 3) {
        StacklaFluidWidget.searchFilter(window.widgetId, keyword);
    }, 100);

    return false;

Filters and Keyword search

Summary and Next Steps

This was a very basic example to demonstrate some use of the Widgets Filtering on the same page. You can expand this example to:

  • Build a better menu for switching
  • Use dynamic generated filters for flexibility
  • Use keyword validation

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Last Updated on 22 January 2015 4:32:14 GMT