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Algolia

11 Ratings

Apache Solr

25 Ratings

Algolia

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Apache Solr

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Likelihood to Recommend

Algolia

Any consumer-facing business that needs instant search results for user searches. Excellent fits would be e-commerce solutions and marketplaces. If your traffic is low it is also a relatively cost-effective solution than using your own solution (e.g. elastic search). Perfect for teams that do not have the architectural knowledge to set up their own search solutions.
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Apache Solr

Solr spins up nicely and works effectively for small enterprise environments providing helpful mechanisms for fuzzy searches and facetted searching. For larger enterprises with complex business solutions you'll find the need to hire an expert Solr engineer to optimize the powerful platform to your needs.Internationalization is tricky with Solr and many hosting solutions may limit you to a latin character set.
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Pros

  • Algolia is lightning quick -- the fastest we found
  • Algolia has great tech support, tons of documentation, and many high quality ready-made plugins
  • Algolia allows for a high degree of customization
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  • It is simple to access its data via REST API. The flexibility in adjusting the query in terms of boosting, faceting and more is very useful.
  • It can scale horizontally by splitting shards, making it practically limitless in size.
  • It has been stable in an operational production environment.
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Cons

  • Algolia can be a bit complex -- for smaller companies or companies without many tech resources, it may be difficult to implement and use without the help of a third party
  • Manually manipulating search results (for specific queries having listings show up first) is a bit difficult to do without custom developing that functionality
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  • Ease of use -- this is not always the easier platform to configure.
  • Developer Community -- There are not a whole lot of folks out there that understand this stuff so finding talent is difficult.
  • Drupal 8 -- We've been frustrated with slow development on APIs for Drupal 8 integration.
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Alternatives Considered

We selected Algolia because it was ridiculously fast and we liked the direction the company was going. We also did not want to deal with a self hosted solution like Solr.
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Between Solr and ElasticSearch, there is a constant struggle to pick the best one. ElasticSearch is part of ELK and ties in well with LogStash and Kibana which makes it great for logs and big data stuff. Add some logs and see which works best for your particular access methods and queries. They are very similar but elasticsearch is better for REST access.
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Return on Investment

  • Algolia was quick to implement saving on dev costs
  • High quality tech support also sped implementation and bug fixes
  • Reliability has helped us by not having costs associated with outages
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  • Usage of Solr in the browse webpages (apart from Search) has resulted in customer choosing his/her product within 3 clicks by the using of faceting.
  • Speed, relevance and efficiency of search results.
  • Using Solr for International Markets comes out of box.
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Pricing Details

Algolia

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Apache Solr

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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