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Likelihood to Recommend

Algolia

If you have a dedicated developer who has the technical know-how to delve deep into Algolia's documentation to figure out what makes it tick, this is the product for you. Algolia's framework is extremely powerful, making search instantaneous and providing users with results at break-neck speeds. If all you need is great search, but you do not require a complex relevancy algorithm running it, Algolia will work well for you. The more complex your use case, the more expensive the product becomes.
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Google Search Appliance

The Google Search Appliance is well suited to most site search needs and it is possible to customize the front end seen by website visitors to produce a satisfactory basic interface with basic branding applied to it. However, in some situations it may be necessary to instead make API calls from a web page to retrieve search results and the format in which those results are returned might be a little more difficult to work with.
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Pros

Algolia

  • Algolia is brain-dead simple to set up. I've implemented search with Algolia in a dozen different ways now, and it never took me longer than a few minutes to get the functionality I want. With Algolia, the only challenge is designing your search UI -- if you don't want to use their baked in UI solutions.
  • Results come back incredibly fast. I'm not sure how Algolia does it, but every keystroke I make in a search field returns new results instantly. It's hard to believe that I'm searching large datasets on a remote server when it works so fast.
  • Very little customization is needed for 99% of use-cases. Algolia's out of the box setup works great, and it takes no prior knowledge to set up.
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Google Search Appliance

  • The GSA is able to organize collections of content in many different permutations, based on your needs.
  • The logs of searches and served results can offer insights into what visitors/customers are seeking, and whether they're finding what they need.
  • Default front-ends are relatively easy to set up - if they meet your needs.
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Cons

Algolia

  • 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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Google Search Appliance

  • It's my understanding that Google is ending support for the appliance soon. This is obviously an important consideration.
  • The administrator interface is far from easy to use.
  • There is a significant learning curve for new users.
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Alternatives Considered

Algolia

Algolia at first seemed and proved to be the fastest compared to the other search engines. It is very easy to implement. Also, it had a 24x7 support which proved to be very useful. It is also useful for all types of clients weather it be organizations or individuals. It can also handle typos. It also focuses on features like API and SSL Security. Also, it is designed to search records, not pages. These were some of the reasons we went ahead with Algolia.
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Google Search Appliance

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Return on Investment

Algolia

  • It's too early to measure any increase in our transactions
  • We have good customer feedback on the Algolia search function
  • We are looking at other apps in development where we can also leverage the power of Algolia
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Google Search Appliance

  • The GSA was not cheap. At all.
  • There has also been a cost associated with our need to switch to another site search solution in the near future, due to Google ending support for the sppliance.
  • That said, we have so much support content that we owed it to our customers to offer a comprehensive search tool to help them find the most relevant content - and of course Google are the masters of this. However, it's worth noting that the alogorithms used on the GSA are far older than those used on google.com.
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Pricing Details

Algolia

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$29*

* per installation

Algolia Editions & Modules

Edition
Free / Open Source Plan$01
Starter Plan$29/mo1
Pro Plan$499/mo1
Enterprise PlanContact Us2
  1. per installation
  2. Varies
Additional Pricing Details
Please see our pricing page for information on record and operation usage: https://www.algolia.com/pricing/

Google Search Appliance

General

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

Google Search Appliance Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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