Install a Search Client in Salesforce Communities (Lightning)

In this article, you will learn how to replace the default Salesforce component, Search Results, with a SearchUnify package. The package runs as a native app and can fetch results from your org and external sources, such as your organization's YouTube channels, Slack discussions, and GitHub repositories. The installation significantly enhances the user experience.

Comparison of Search Results Component and SearchUnify Package

When confronted with thousands of posts and articles, most users choose to run a search. As a Salesforce admin, you can improve user experience by replacing the default Search Results component with a powerful SearchUnify package. This table summarizes the key differences between the two.

  Search Results (Component) SearchUnify Package
Default Component Yes No
Native Support Yes Yes
Global (Org) Search No


Objects Supported Articles, Discussions Articles, Discussions, and all other standard and custom objects
Results from External Sources No Yes

Create a Salesforce Lightning Search Client

  1. Ensure that Salesforce Communities are enabled. Skip this step if you already have a community.
  2. Create a Salesforce Lightning search client.
  3. Configure the Salesforce Lightning search client.

Install SearchUnify Package

  1. Visit Salesforce AppExchange, look up "searchunify", and open the top listing, SearchUnify - Unified Cognitive Platform for Salesforce.

  2. Click Get It Now.

  3. If prompted, log in with your Salesforce admin credentials.

  4. It's usually a good practice to install an app on Sandbox, instead of Production.

  5. Install the app for All Users. A warning might come up. Overlook it and proceed with installation.

In the end an Installation Successful message will greet you.

Connect Salesforce Org with SearchUnify Instance

Process SearchUnify Package

The data flow between SearchUnify and your Salesforce org is managed through Remote Sites. Create remote two (three if you have turned on multitenancy) remote sites. The instructions are on Create Remote Sites in Salesforce. After creating the remote sites, add them all to Trusted URLs.

  1. Click Salesforce App Launcher and then View All.

  2. Find SearchUnify Configuration and click it open.

  3. Select the installation location for the search in Choose search platform. Then, turn on CDN Support if you use multitenancy.

  4. Turn on CDN Support if you use multitenancy. Turning on CDN Support improves speed but it also requires two extra settings:
    • During search client processing, you need a CDN endpoint which can be found in the readme file

    • For successful processing, you will have to create three remote sites instead of two. The website to be inserted in Remote Site URL can be found in the readme file

  5. Enter the details and click Process.
    • Select your application for Configuration. The search client will be installed in the chosen application on Console, Community, or Visualforce. The field is absent when Internal is picked.
    • Enter Service Endpoint. It is your SearchUnify instance URL.
    • Enter CDN endpoint. The endpoint is in readme.
    • Enter Provision Key. You can get it from your SearchUnify representative.
    • Enter UID. It is your search client ID.
    • Enter expiration time (authentication token for searches in minutes). Enter any integer. The suggested value is 120.

Processing can take up to five minutes.

Insert SearchUnify Search Component to a Community Page

  1. Open your community in the Builder mode. (From Setup, go to All Communities through Quick Find Box, and click Builder.)
  2. Move to Security from .
  3. Select Allow Inline Scripts and Script Access to Whitelisted Third-party Hosts from the Script Security Level dropdown.

  4. Click from the sidebar, select Theme, and enter Configure.

  5. Click , and from the Search Component drop-down select sU_AuthBannerLWC_1234 (where 1234 are the first four digits of your UID).

  6. Drag sU_AuthSearchLWC_1234 (where 1234 are the first four digits of your UID) to the Content section of the page you have selected or created.

  7. Find Session Settings from the quick find box. Remove the check from "Use Lightning Web Security for Lightning web components and Aura components" in Lighting Web Security.

You have successfully installed SearchUnify on Salesforce Communities.

Recommendations Component

Recommendations is a SearchUnify component which suggest search results on select pages. The admin can ask the SearchUnify team to configure the pages where the widget will display. The details on the component can be found in the Recommendations section on Basic Search Client Configurations.

Once you have activated Recommendations from search client configurations, return to your Salesforce org, open Community Builder and drag sU_AuthRecommendedData to the pages where the widget will be displayed.

Page Rating

To gather user feedback on your Salesforce community, use Page Rating. The instructions to set up the widget are in Gather User Feedback with Page Rating

Last updatedTuesday, February 6, 2024

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