Highly recommended Search provider software for e-commerce platform
June 10, 2016

Highly recommended Search provider software for e-commerce platform

Sandeep Palepu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Elasticsearch

We use Elasticsearch as a search provider for our ecommerce software. Our search, category and navigation pages are rendered from ElasticSearch.

Pros

  • More relevant search results. There are lot of in build algorithms that are part of Elasticsearch. Using these algorithms improved search results.
  • Decrease in the page load time since read operation is very fast.
  • Easy to implement when compared to other software.

Cons

  • Installation and configuration of Elasticsearch on windows server is not straight forward.
  • Completion suggester algorithm in Elasticsearch (v 2.0) saves information in memory. So any deletes/updates are not reflected immediately unless a flush command is executed. Execution of flush command is not advised by Elasticsearch team.
  • Elasticsearch Nest API code is not updated to match with Elasticsearch release version. So we have to write our own implementation.
  • More relevant search results are displayed to user. So chances of purchasing a product is very likely.
  • Managing an elasticsearch server is very easy. No maintenance is required.
  • Documentation is very bad. More time is spent on research than implementation.
Even though Lucene is very powerful it is not easy to implement Lucene as a search provider. Lucene is the core of Elasticsearch and they made implementation very easy.
The only scenario where I see Elasticsearch is less appropriate is when there are transactions involved. If data is corrupted there is no rollback.

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