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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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Swiftype

Swiftype is excellent for e-commerce companies and especially the financial services sector where speed plays a major role in executing transactions. It is also very dynamic and customizable. It is very useful for electronics/travel reservations on e-commerce sites also. The only place it is inappropriate is when it comes to indexing a website in which case Google is slightly better, as I mentioned before. There is nothing much to complain about here in regards to the breadth of applications and analytics it offers.
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Pros

  • Extremely fast search results
  • Very easy to set up, no maintenance needed from our side
  • Efficient and easy to adapt ranking formula
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  • Swiftype helps with providing search results at a very rapid pace. Since our industry is in financial services, this plays a major role.
  • Swiftype also has a very good integration setup with the websites as well as mobile applications.
  • The API's we use are configurable and customizable. Hence, we can use it differently for mobile and web apps.
  • Swiftype also provides analytics of geographical information of search results. This is very critical from troubleshooting prospective in-case of issues.
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Cons

  • Customising the react packages can be difficult. Easy to send an excessive amount of requests
  • Customising ranking is restricted to prioritising factors, rather than weighting each factor individually
  • Costs can escalate dramatically when you expand your traffic
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  • Swiftype does not have indexes ready to go. When you add a new website to the search set, it takes some time to index the website. This is something that is different from what Google does. Google in this particular aspect does a relatively better job.
  • Swiftype is very expensive, this makes it difficult for smaller companies to afford.
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Alternatives Considered

I only used internally built tools for search before Algolia, but I was able to do more with a 15 minute implementation than my internal tools ever could do, and I spent many many hours developing them originally.
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We selected Swiftype compared to Google as it is very well designed and has a great layout. The technical support helps anytime we need them. They also provide great support. The analytics provided are also great and provide excellent features. It is easy to use and configure. It has excellent integration with sites and mobile applications. We have done a feasibility analysis with other products such as Algolia, Elasticsearch, Apache Solr.
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Return on Investment

  • Sales from search are up considerably
  • Time to fine tune search has gone down drastically
  • Search costs up exponentially
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  • It has a positive impact as it helps traders and other users to seamlessly use applications.
  • It has a positive ROI and we would know the results in time to come.
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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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Swiftype

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