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August 24, 2018
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What is Algolia?

Algolia is an API platform for dynamic experiences that helps businesses maximize the speed of search and discovery, while solving the pain of relevance tuning through AI. The solution aims to make accessing the right piece of content on websites and apps faster and more intuitive.

  • Algolia Search is a fully hosted API that delivers content to users in milliseconds. Developers can customize the relevance of their user experience and get insights on how users interact with it.
  • Algolia Recommend is an API that allows users to build unique product recommendations into any digital ecommerce experience.

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  • Supported: Algolia Recommend: Related Products
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  • Supported: Algolia Search: Pre-built UI Libraries
  • Supported: Algolia Search: Search Analytics
  • Supported: Algolia Search: Query Suggestions
  • Supported: Algolia Search: A/B Testing
  • Supported: Algolia Search: Visual Editor
  • Supported: Algolia Search: Personalization
  • Supported: Algolia Search: Dynamic Re-Ranking

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Index & Query Rules Management: Query Rules allow you to enhance your engine's ranking behavior for specific queries. You can set up rules to uncover and respond more specifically to the intent behind your users' queries.Query Monitoring: Get insight into the status, performance and overall activity happening within your search engine.Algolia Analytics: Your search bar is a feedback form. Discover how Algolia's analytics drives insights from search to click to conversion.Algolia Dashboard: Products to accelerate search and discovery experiences across any device and platform.Advanced front-end libraries, API clients, and extensive documentation to help developers build, deploy, and maintain with ease.Getting started with Recommend is easy, simply choose your index, denote the events, and choose your model.

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What is Algolia?

Algolia in San Francisco, California offers enterprise search as a service.

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Algolia starts at $0.

Who uses Algolia?

The most common users of Algolia are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Internet industry.

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Score 8 out of 10
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We use Algolia for our search engine needs, this comprises our end users and also our internal users (Sales agents, operations teams, and so forth). It provides an easy way to iterate on search-related features with low development time and without needing a DevOps Engineer (at the time we started using we didn't even have a DevOps team)
  • The way you can easily setup Algolia, populate an index and start doing mockups with instant search (their frontend library)
  • A lot of SDKs allow choosing the approach that better suits your use case.
  • Not needing to spend a lot of time and money in infrastructure or software architecture.
  • Analytics are a tricky thing to do and don't work right out of the box.
  • Developer documentation isn't 100% complete and synced across sources so some things have to be inferred
  • Their pricing had some changes which are trickier to estimate (and can be expensive)
Small teams who are in need of a Search solution in a short time and with limited resources (in terms of developer bandwidth), who also are iterating a lot on search-related features and in a discovery/experimentation phase and not having to worry a lot about performance tuning (although is really fast out of the box)
Score 9 out of 10
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Algolia is our exclusive solution to power website search, merchandising of product listing pages, and supporting A/B testing and optimization within these areas. We have integrated Algolia into our web analytics to provide visibility into the top customers' searches to help further define our strategy to optimize the user experience on our website for our customers. Algolia integrates exceptionally well into Adobe Magento, allowing us to take advantage of Algolia's best-in-class site search and product listing optimization without developing and integrating another custom solution. Algolia works exceptionally well within our headless PWA implementation, providing our developers with a seamless tool to support through our iterations.
  • Customer engagement and support
  • Integration with Adobe Magento
  • Performance measurement and user experience optimization
  • Lack of user-friendly interface to administer changes by marketing/merchandising team members. Some development and technical support is needed.
  • Simplicity control and flexibility around the filtering capabilities. Changes must be supported through iteration. No visual editor within the standard version.
  • Limits on team member accounts.
Algolia is best suited for large-scale enterprise e-commerce websites. Not useful to smaller-volume companies with limited scale and traffic. Companies will need scale to be able to justify the investment into a robust site search platform like Algolia.

Algolia works well within organizations that have an established development team and/or outsource development/support organization. Technical dependencies can be a barrier without adequate development support.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company offers a few products of which the Volunteering product is the one which uses Algolia. Our product uses Algolia to power our hyperlocal search. It is a marketplace of volunteering activities and donation opportunities put up by our partner non-profits from which users can choose one according to their needs.
  • Great distance based search
  • Very little maintenance
  • It follows GDPR rules
  • Quick initial set-up time
  • Easy to set up ranking rules
  • Better customer care
  • Better pricing slabs
It is extremely well suited for hyper-local search. We have seen better conversions after we have introduced Algolia. Also, for a small team initially starting off, it is difficult to implement and maintain Elastic Search. Hence Algolia is the perfect solution for such use cases.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is used across development departments as the API from searching different system entities.
We could have gone with our own Elasticsearch setup. However, this would require maintaining a dedicated cluster over multiple regions. That has operational cost. We would also need expertise on best practices in tuning the different indexes and keeping the service highly available.
We choose to let Algolia take care of out text search needs and only take care of keeping it synced.
  • Very little infrastructure needed. Can be used directly from client or from different services.
  • Very reliable. We had very little down time if at all. Response times are good.
  • Search API is a little confusing (what is a facet?).
  • UI is nice, but it doesn't do a good job in helping you define your queries.
It's less appropriate if you can't afford your data being persisted on a cloud service. Also, if search is a key component of your business I don't believe relying on a third-party service is worth it. Deploying your own Elasticsearch cluster is not that hard of an endeavour and would also save you money.
However, for any other use case Algolia will save you a lot of time and give your business amazing full text search capabilities with minimum friction and time.
We did have one occurrence where we maxed out our plan and the service didn't respond well. This is probably a very common scenario and it took half a day to get things back to normal with slow response time. Price is also a consideration. If you are restrained in that sense you might want to dedicate the time to having your own setup from the get-go.
Score 10 out of 10
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Currently used as a search engine for our bill payment service Customers are using it to find the biller that they need to pay. The fuzzy logic works well and the search is better than anything we would have developed internally.
  • Search speed is excellent.
  • Configurability is also excellent.
  • Fuzzy Logic really helps our customers when they misspell a search.
  • I can't think of any
Our data set is about 3000 records. We are uploading multiple fields including logos and leveraging Algolia to provide a functional search with a very nice user experience.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Algolia on one of our websites where you can search for an institution to pay. It has fast searches and handles misspelled queries which were the main reasons we chose this product instead of creating something similar ourselves.
  • Fast searches.
  • Handling misspelled queries.
  • Configuration for search results.
  • Adding new admins to a project.
  • The way the documentation is organized.
Algolia is best suited for e-commerce websites where you have a large number of products to display to your customers. It could also be useful for knowledge bases and site search.

It may be less suited for small amounts of data since a simple algorithm can work just as well.
Score 8 out of 10
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We used Algolia at our organization to power search for all our users. We leveraged the speed and efficiency offered by Algolia to greatly improve the user experience on our site when it came to searching for different types of records. As search speed had previously been a glaring issue and one of the biggest weaknesses on our web platform, Algolia helped us circumvent this issue and offer our users the results they were looking for in mere nanoseconds.
  • Extremely fast search speeds
  • Great technical support team
  • Willingness of the company to work with customers on pricing
  • It is difficult to scale the product, considering the pricing.
  • Building relevancy algorithms can get extremely expensive
  • Requires thorough knowledge of Algolia's documentation and framework to optimize for performance while sticking to your budget
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.
Score 7 out of 10
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Algolia is being used by our organization in specific departments. It is not being used by the entire organization. It is a strong search tool that is being leveraged across different internal and client facing products. It addresses some basic search optimization issues that would generally be resolved using complex algorithms.
  • It is an ultra-fast tool that can also handle typos.
  • It is super easy to implement.
  • It has distributed search networks and multiple data centers.
  • It is very expensive compared to elastic search which is relatively free.
  • Algolia does not support iPhone and Android, unlike Sharefile and Diqify
  • Algolia lacks the activity tracking and email integration
  • Algolia does not have any video tutorials.
Algolia supports platforms that are web-based and Windows phone app based, which makes it more flexible. It focuses on features like API and SSL Security. The search results provided by Algolia are super-fast and very useful. It is extremely useful in a high-speed environment where data is required at your [fingertips]. When there is complex systems involved, it does a very good job.
Rich Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Algolia powers all of our search functionality on our browse page and from the header across the site. Specifically, we use the react instant search package with a custom hierarchical menu for category selection and react locations for location selection and the default pagination. We also use Algolia for our search auto suggestions and recommendations. We also use Algolia to solve interesting business problems and tasks such as categorizing user-generated item titles.
  • Extremely fast search results
  • Very easy to set up, no maintenance needed from our side
  • Efficient and easy to adapt ranking formula
  • 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
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.
Eli Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Algolia is our go-to solution for searches on our iOS app, as well as our upcoming web app. We use it to allow users to search for other users as well as pre-defined location filters that we've created. Additionally, we use it in almost all of our internal tools, whose use-cases include content moderation, customer support, analytics, etc. Every person in our company and every one of our customers uses Algolia on a daily basis.
  • 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.
  • Recent pricing model changes made Algolia considerably more expensive. I understand that companies change their models all the time, but my plan almost doubled in price overnight. They let me keep my legacy plan for as long as I wanted, but I had already outgrown it, so a small increase in demand caused big price spikes. It's still cheap for what it is though.
  • The documentation is generally good, but sometimes hard to navigate. I was trying to find examples of how to combine geo-queries with normal ones, and I couldn't find an example, but it wasn't actually hard to figure out.
  • Some of the advanced features can be hard to understand at first. This isn't really a con, as it just means Algolia is loaded with features, but I was a bit overwhelmed the first time I tried to customize an index.
Algolia is great anytime you need client search. I would never use it to do any automated tasks or anything like that, though. It's great for human use, and I don't know if anyone would ever want to use it for anything other than client-search, but Algolia knows its domain very well and solves client search more easily than any alternative I've seen.
Score 8 out of 10
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Algolia is being used site wide for customer facing search on all the Tanga Network properties. It makes it so our application developers don't have to configure or worry about configuring complicated search indexes. It allows marketing/product to tweak search results as necessary without development intervention.
  • Javascript/AJAX search requests from HTML clients (perfect microservice)
  • Easy to configure indexing
  • Dashboard of search results and performance
  • Customer support can be lacking at times, the development team IS in France so anything escalated takes a while to resolve
  • Costs escalate quickly until you hit dedicated hardware
  • Index creation can be slow
[It's] well suited when you don't want to manage search infrastructure and favor spending your development cycles on your competitive advantage.
Michael Riess | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We implement Algolia for our clients during website, app, and software development projects. Our biggest implementation was on a large eCommerce store with accompanying mobile app. Algolia offers a more premium search experience for end users, allows us to provide access to search results that are combined from several different platforms, and is lightning quick.
  • 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
  • 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
Algolia provides lightning fast search results and allows you to customize and pull in results from a lot of different places. Support and reliability are top notch and I have no problem recommending it to anyone.

Smaller companies with less tech resources may find Swiftype somewhat more user friendly to implement and use, but Algolia can definitely be plug and play if you only have one platform and can just use their out of the box plugins (Shopify, WP, etc.)