What do you like best?
- Ease of setup
- Progressive pricing without hard limits
- Speed and relevance of results, even with typos!
- Unlimited number of indexes, allowing you to organize your data the way you want
- Support is always available to help you configure complex indexes
- History of indexer and query performances
What do you dislike?
- Index settings can be tricky to customize without the help of the support
- Not enough tools to explore indexes and manipulate them through the interface
- No quick search tool in the dashboard (oh, ironic!)
- Step in the pricing is too steep: no 49 to 249$ is a huge step if you overflow your quota of the initial plan...
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Plan your index structure in advance: it can be a pain, especilly in term of credit, to re-index everything in case of change in your document structure. Otherwise, try the Algolia power on some public sites using it to see how fast and powerful it is.
However, if you need to index a lot of documents and you have enough engineers to handle infrastructure, consider free option like ElasticSearch, which can be cheaper even counting the maintenance time.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We don't want to maintain the infrastructure needed to allow our customers to search through their data in our app. Algolia allows us to push data of our users in indexes so they can query Algolia after to get results from anything (entities, invoices, documents...)