Issues With Search

Written by James Hall on

People want information quick and with that means that the navigational methods of your site will also be under scrutiny. You may have the worlds perfect content but if that content can’t be found then it is a waste of time.

People want information quick and with that means that the navigational methods of your site will also be under scrutiny. You may have the worlds perfect content but if that content can’t be found then it is a waste of time.

You want to find something where do you go? Ever heard the phrase ‘Google It’? Well that’s what we all do. When we want information we go straight to a search engine and we expect what we want to be the number 1 result.

For a while I have wanted to replace the search engine on of our enterprise sites, a site with over 1,000 page so today I have been trying SearchBlox.

SearchBlox is an out-of-the-box Enterprise Search Solution built on top of Apache Lucene/Solr. It is fast to deploy, easy to manage and best of all, it is free.

We are currently indexing our site and will be testing soon but using their test site we have high hopes aftering looking at their comparison to Google Mini.

So why are we looking for a new search?

Currently the one deployed is very limited. Documents are prioritized over HTML pages. Now, at times, isn’t a bad thing as it maybe what people are searing for but for the vast majority of searches people are looking for little bits of accessible content and that is what the HTML will contain (along with the aforementioned documents).

Soon as we see a little more we will pop some demos on here.

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