Solr History• Created in 2004 by Yonik Seeley at CNET Networks• In January 2006, it was given to the Apache Software Foundation• Throughout the next few years, it grew steadily with accumulated features thereby attracting a robust community of users, contributors, and committers.• In March 2010, the Lucene and Solr projects merged. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_SolrSolr Users • Netflix • digg • eTrade • eHarmony • GameSpot • Apple Inc. • Sears • CNET • Ticketmaster • AOL Source http://wiki.apache.org/solr/PublicServers
Solr Features• HTML administration interface• Uses the Lucene library for full-text search Pluggable• Faceted navigation• Hit highlighting• Query language supports structured as well Full Text as textual search Search Scalable•• Replication to other Solr servers Distributed Search - enables scaling content Solr volume• Search results clustering• Extensible through plugins Faceted Embeddable Nav.• Pluggable relevance - boost through formula• Caching• Embeddable in a Java Applications Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Solr
Faceted SearchFaceted search is the dynamic clustering of items or search results into categories thatlet users drill into search results by any value in any field.Faceted search has become a critical feature for enhancing findability and the usersearch experience for all types of search applications.
Why Magento + Solr?• One of the keys to Solr success is the ability to index and easily integrate faceted search.• Magento utilizes faceted filtering for its products through a robust set of customizable attributes.• Solr utilizes Magento’s customizable product attributes to determine search results. This type of faceting will bring in more relevant results to the customer’s search.• It’s easy to setup and use, (if you know what you’re doing)
Benefits of Solr + MagentoIncreased PerformanceSolr indexes Magento’s facets automatically for filtering and can therefore pull morerelevant results faster than the out of the box MySQL.
Benefits of Solr + MagentoIncreased Search RelevancyFaceted indexes allow a customer to discover your products by more than just aproduct title or description. Magento’s facets can also be weighted to bring backmore relevant results to the user based upon a search query. Product Title Product Description Product Attributes
Benefits of Solr + MagentoSupport for Spelling/Synonyms/Stop WordsSolr allows for “fuzzy” searching with indexing and configuration files that let a siteowner configure certain synonyms for common products or attributes. It also allowsfor returning results based upon misspellings or “close” results. It can removecommon “stop words” from diluting your search results. Misspellings Synonyms Stop Words Search Results
Benefits of Solr + MagentoImproved Layered NavigationSince Solr indexes Magento facets for searching, it can also bring them up and displaythem as facet filtering menus faster than Magento’s MySQL methods.
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