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Sean W.
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"Fast and Accurate"

What do you like best?

I'm impressed with Algolia's search speed when entering product information. We have several thousand products and the search engine responds almost simultaneously as our customers type characters.

What do you dislike?

The cost is a little high. The pricing tiers are nice but the thresholds are set too low. Currently, our website is for niche products. I could see it getting quite expensive on more popular websites.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The better your product images and descriptions, the more valuable Algolia becomes. It is definitely an ongoing process for us. It is important to monitor the Algolia search results to in effect let your customers drive where improvements should occur.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our customers can find what they're looking for easily and quickly. I think a responsive website translates to a higher level of professionalism and ultimately trust in our products. Showing the product image and displaying the price also improves our customers experience. One of the intangible benefits from this is it reduces calls to our customer service.

Finally, it's helpful to know which products our customers search for the most. We pay close attention to what our users look for so that we can focus on those products specifically. In many cases where a customer didn't purchase our product after searching, we found that the image or text on the product was confusing or incomplete. We have had several instances where, after improving the product description or image, sales on their product increased.

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Clay A.
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"Best vendor experience we've had in a long time."

What do you like best?

Vendor relationships always tend to promise more than they deliver. This is one of the first one that has delivered as much (or more!) than was promised. I'm amazed at the performance of the Algolia system. Blazing fast, accurate, relevant, immediately updated, elegant, easy to implement, a breeze to customize. It really couldn't be much better.

What do you dislike?

Not much. There were a few small gaps in the documentation, but that has been the extent so far of anything negative.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do it! You'll love it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The motivator for switching to Algolia was the expiration of our Google Search Appliance. However, now that we've switched, I'm wishing we'd made the jump a lot sooner. What a great platform! Our users are experiencing DRAMATIC improvements in search speed and relevance, and we're looking at all sorts of ways to leverage Algolia for other business needs, from personalization to content categorization.

What Enterprise Search solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Olaf D.
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"Fast search service, easy to use at very reasonable price"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use and plenty of SDKs are provided so there's is one for everyone. Setup and configuration are done through a clear dashboard which also offers great insights into search performance.

Search results are being delivered instantaneously. They're so fast that using a search index for search query completion is working perfectly.

The pricing is very reasonable. For testing and small volume sites, there is even a free tier.

Support also is great. The turnaround for a fix in one of the provided SDKs was less than 24h.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that I truly dislike about algolia.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's saving us the effort to build our own search infrastructure. We have no relevant skills available in-house, so having such a service offered at a reasonable cost is helping is to get our products to the market a lot faster.

Mixer G.
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"Algolia in La Haus"

What do you like best?

- The way you can easily setup Algolia, populate an index and start doing mockups with instantsearch.

- A lot of SDKs allow to choose the approach that better suits your use case.

- Not needing to spend a lot of time and money in infrastructure or software architecture.

What do you dislike?

- 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.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Definitely it's worth to try out. Plans offers a nice chance for prototyping and mid-scale platforms, time saved by developers is one of the top advantages

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a quick and easy way to launch a search feature for our customers and brokers, since using Algolia we have been able to iterate in the feature with reduced development time and able to change it easily.

Rodrigo de Castro R.
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"Best managed search service we've found"

What do you like best?

Performance! It's where Algolia shines, they can deliver p99 < 10ms response times, the search experience feels instant, making a huge difference for our customers.

They have many available SDKs for all sorts of clients which makes it very easy to integrate with web and mobile apps.

What do you dislike?

Pricing. For an early stage and growing startup it can be challenging to pay their price. We have to constantly purge old records and optimize our systems to decrease the number of operations which causes some extra development overhead for us.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using Algolia to power all of our search: from sports events calendar to digital asset management. With Algolia our customers can have a centralized view of their assets and it becomes searchable instantly, streamlining their content distribution.

Norm R.
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"Simple to use but very powerful platform search"

What do you like best?

What I like most about Algolia is that it's very easy to set up and get running. Using Zendesk's connector, we were able to configure instant search on our knowledge base very quickly. Also, the added analytics on what people are searching for when they come to our site has helped us think about content gaps in our help documentation.

What do you dislike?

The lingo around the app was the only real learning curve I had to overcome. Knowing the difference between records and operations and indices, etc., was a little head scratching at first. But when you understand, the platform makes a lot more sense.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've made it a lot easier for users to find content in our help resources. We want people to find answers quickly so they can get back to using our application and solving problems, so the more we can do to improve the search experience, the better.

Dennis S.
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"Easy configuration. Full search engine power."

What do you like best?

Very easy to setup and personalize. From the start, all you've got to do is setup algolia with the keys from your project and configure the index to use from your app (We use Algolia with PHP - Laravel).

One of the most useful settings available are the synonyms, that enable you to configure similar words to show relevant user the correct results.

This helps our customers to find: Tegucigalpa, as Tegu, or TGU or tegusigalpa.

What do you dislike?

After using Algolia after 6 months we haven't found anything wrong with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it, you've got nothing to lose. They have a free version that you can use to test every API you have. And the configuration is simple (Right now we are using it with PHP - Laravel)

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Algolia to help our customers find exactly what they need, with ease. The response is incredible fast and the analytics is amazing.

Fisayo B.
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"Enterprise search has never been easier"

What do you like best?

With Algolia you can create a sales model or business analysis of a particular geographical location based on verified data. It works well with unstructured data as well. It is also possible to customize and personalize your metrics

What do you dislike?

I love virtually everything about the platform. They offer unique solutions. That said, I think going pro is a bit expensive

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Algolia is fantastic. It is a brilliant enterprise search platform. Give it a try

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to create business models based on the enterprise solutions provided by algolia. It works well and it saves a lot of time and hassle. And given it is also a brilliant e-commerce tool, it works well for marketing and customer-focused activities

Riley A.
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"Works fast and right"

What do you like best?

The best thing is that it gives our students and other clients the most accurate version of the results basically immediately! It has an amazing search platform which helps our students learn more about all the details of different courses offered. The settings are well customizable.

What do you dislike?

It is more focused on the developer side, which I personally am not complaining about; just putting it out there. For that, it does not really have much of the documentation features.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would absolutely recommend using this for managing your works, and for processing huge chunks of data quickly. It continues to improve when it comes to progress, and is very easy to use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have seen great progress in the number of students using it, and it has made the search and management process for a lot of students. It is very easy to set up and link your accounts with as well! We have greatly enjoyed using it.

Gregory K.
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"Amazing searching service"

What do you like best?

We wanted to change the search experience of our users which was a success thanks to the API of Algolia, very easy to integrate. In contrast to the traditional approaches of question answering, we opted for Algolia which makes the research interactive and intuitive by proposing relevant results in the course of seizure. The good points also notable are the support for several languages, the ability to establish a geolocation searches,the typo tolerance, the synonym support ... The dashboard is very modern, like the brand, and offers a fairly thorough analysis.

What do you dislike?

Indexing can be complicated to set up without the help of support.

The price that can very quickly go up if one exceeds the subscription of departure.

The main problem we encounter is the documentation, it is incomplete, it would be better to focus on documentation rather than adaptation in terms of language .

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are still not sure how to implement Algolia in your website or application, do not wait any longer and go for it, a 14-day trial version is available on their site to fully test Algolia and take good care of it. indexing and setting up the relevant search. On top of that, Algolia has thought of all while instilling a tutorial allowing the implementation of this one in your website.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Algolia has allowed us to index for each user their respective data so they can get fast results from what they are looking for. The addition of filters also allowed the customization of the pages of our website, thus reinforcing the quick search.

Petrus A.
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"Very easy to start and implement"

What do you like best?

- Easy of use. We (2 developers) had no experience with search indexes before, but got up and running in 2 hours, backend and frontend.

- Performance. We still have few users, but searching 15k records takes 4ms on average. 40ms max.

- Pricing is OK. Other search platforms like Elastic Search will cost you less per number of records indexed, but you have to manage more stuff by yourself to keep everything in good shape.

What do you dislike?

Documentation lack some real world examples and best practices, like how to keep a Postgres DB in sync with Algolia.

Free as starter tiers have low records limit (10k and 50k).

We have a few concerns about securing data. Some real case scenarios in the Docs would also help us. Like, what are the guidelines to implement Algolia to index sensitive information?

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need a good search and don't have the time or expertise to try Elastic Search, give Algolia a try. It's a lot better than alternatives like SQL search and very easy to implement.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a SaaS and Algolia is currently being used for searching people records. Performance is great.

We intend to use it in more places in the future.

Durjoy (Ace) B.
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"We get amazing search capabilities that wows folks "

What do you like best?

We love that it's crazy fast- it's a party trick when we show folks. The results are instantaneous and make our entire site feel faster.

What do you dislike?

The pricing is hard to measure as we grow. While I get sent a lot of information weekly, I can't make sense of how that relates to our traffic. I also find it hard to understand how it works with our caching on our managed hosting. When we have an issue on the site, it's hard to understand where the issue is.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Far easier than trying to roll your own search offering, pricing is tough to understand and plan against (for me, as an executive not a dev)..

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a complex site with many different lines of business. We're able to go across all of the lines as well as specific offerings. We've been able to make some sense of our specific lines of business, but we still have not had any success with folks typing in natural language queries into the system.

Angelo M.
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"Just works... and fast"

What do you like best?

Setup & configuration was accomplished in an afternoon

You get instant feedback / results

No need to hire resources & spend time on infra to support lighting quick searches

The extra analytics about what was searched on is also great

What do you dislike?

It requires some thought and/or additional dev work to work around how the pricing model is defined in operations (i.e. when we need to refresh the index data).

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Algolia makes it dead-simple, quick and fun for our users to perform the mundane task of searching across the hundreds of thousands of athletes so that they can then get to the juicy part of checking out their race-performance analytics!

Derek S.
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"Algolia for micro entrepreneurs"

What do you like best?

When trying to learn about Algolia as a new customer, it is very easy to navigate their website and see clearly what their pricing and structure plans are. The implementation of it on my company website, DollarProbs.com was easy and we did not experience any major issues or bugs.

What do you dislike?

It would be better to see how Algolia can expand on its current sets of search API data, and be able to give more in-depth reports in its weekly usage report emails it sends out. Making it a bit easier to switch plans would be more helpful, but overall it is quite simple to find needed information.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need a detailed and precise search API, Algolia is a great tool that can help improve the search abilities of your website. Algolia was recommended to me first by a friend, and then after hearing it recommended again by my web team, I knew it was a worthwhile product, and has lived up to my current small business needs. It is easy to find research needed to learn more about what the product is and its potential helpful features to improve your own business needs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Algolia search API to help determine what users on my website are searching for, and to see what the trending words are that they are searching for so we can make them stronger keywords in our site. The Algolia features and services are plenty for my small business to handle for now.

Jamie H.
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"Brilliant developer documentation and API."

What do you like best?

Algolia is very well thought out product and it's staggering how many options they provide to customise and filter search results. Developer documentation is clear and concise and it only takes a few minutes to get up and running. Additionally tooltips are depicted next to almost all configurable options making it even easier to find the relevant documentation. Indexed results are returned almost instantly. I'm also a big fan of the browse feature, which allows you to test any configuration changes to an index without having to setup an environment.

The Algolia team are also friendly and genuinely want to help you make the most of your experience and achieve your goals.

What do you dislike?

Some of features we required were aimed at more of an enterprise level business, which was beyond the scope our implementation. However after chatting with their Team we were able to find a suitable workaround and achieve our goals.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Algolia we are using search as the primary navigation on our agency's landing page replacing the existing navigation with the aim to get users to engage more with the company and quickly find what they are looking for.

Anibal S.
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"The best search service provider"

What do you like best?

Algolia provides a full full-text search service. Beside other search technologies that require an infrastructure, Algolia has everything ready to be used. You only have to define the content, and the rest of the solutions "just works" instantly.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. It is great from everything possible angle. You have widgets and libraries to cover everything you can ask and more.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The pricing is always a concern for most clients. However, under our perspective, Algolia is very convenient. You can forget about the search infrastructure and empower your site on Algolia. It works everywhere and 7x24. An excellent search engine is priceless. On top of this, Algolia's free tier can meet the requirement of most small sites and business.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have implemented Algolia in our sites and we are also selling extensions for Joomla based on Algolia. We are currently integrating Algolia on sites based on the idea of promoting Instant Search and Autocompletion for Sites. We are developing connectors for Algolia. No more complications than the connector configuration.

Eric M.
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"Algolia keeps users and fellow employees safe from malware during internet searching"

What do you like best?

Algolia can be used by employees or administrators of any skill level through its "beneath-the-surface" action as an effective means of web searching and connecting with those on the Internet. Implementation onto both computers and mobile phones is easy and relatively unnoticeable/not bothersome. An easy recommendation to any other potential users.

What do you dislike?

Some dislikes shown by both myself and employees is the impact of Algolia on search speeds and overall RAM usage, which sometimes may impact users from full optimization of their device. Some prefer to use other outlets that do not have this issue, though, minor, and consider it a definite negative about the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend Algolia fix their current issue with decreased performance due to usage of Algolia in tandem with other programs on a single device. Offer means for users to still make use of external applications while using Algolia.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Algolia has heightened user experience while increasing quality of effective advertising for our company through the Algolia platform. The multi-faceted tools utilized by Algolia make it an effective means to increase productivity and offer an alternative to other "name-brand" competitors.

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"The fastest and easiest to setup search platform. "

What do you like best?

We decided we needed search on our site. Within a few minutes we had a demo account within Algolia, and instantly wrapped our heads around the interface. A few hours later we had our entire dataset within Algolia, and minutes later were hitting the API with search results. Since setting up Algolia, we have hardly had to modify any search settings. It has worked flawlessly for almost two years for us. We are actively showing the technology off to other product teams, as it drastic reduced our cost to build our product out. Our search is so effective, it is typically one of the first things other teams notice when checking out our product. They asked how we did the impossible. The answer, focus on our core competencies, and trust the experts at their competencies. Algolia is simply the best, at a fair price.

What do you dislike?

Not much. We have had a few minutes of downtime in almost two years. When it happened the monitors at Algolia did not detect the outage. After emailing the CEO, he was quick to respond. The technical teams were quick to resolve, and due to our outreach, were able to fix the monitors. Downtime is expected for any SaaS service. What is important is that it is reasonable, and how they respond. For that, they did a amazing job.n

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it. It is really cheap to try it out.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to create a medication search, that is faster than our competitors. It is a more notable feature when other development teams investigate our site. i have done over a dozen technical demos from other teams doing outreach due to the speed and user experience.

We even rendered 28,000 pages based on data we store in Algolia. In other words, we use Algolia as part of our content management strategy, due to how fast and effective it is.

Vincent G.
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"Great service, love how easy-to-use the "

What do you like best?

The developer documentation and the API are great: quickly to integrate and powerful. The search options in the dashboard are also easy to configure and adjust.The various integrations with frameworks are also great. We use Algolia in JavaScript (Node and Browser), in Swift for our mobile app and also with Jekyll for our static help website.

What do you dislike?

Maybe the statistics, it would be helpful to have the info by country and keep them longer by default (at least some information like the 0-result searches). Right now we need to push them to another engine to keep them. Alternatively, an API to get the aggregated statistics would be helpful (especially to regularly get the 0-result searches and be able to push them to our team to improve the indexed data).

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We switched our public search engine to Algolia to search sheet music on our website. It allows to quickly enhance the possibilities and offer more to our users, while reduce the development time for the update.

We also added algolia to our help center made with Jekyll, that's a great combo for a static site (no maintenance time yet powerful).

We aim to improve our integrations to push a better experience for our users in the future, and I believe we have chosen the good solution for our different products!

Samantha O.
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"Great service!"

What do you like best?

It's very fast and reliable. I love that their product is very simple with a very transparent pricing structure. It is easy to tune and is has friendly APIs and SDKs. Also works great on different platforms.

What do you dislike?

Although it is a transparent pricing structure, it can be pretty expensive. it does not support too many advanced abilities either. However, I absolutely do love using it!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend educational management fields along with corporate fields to have this in their work environments for platform development and management.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have found its platform building tools very easy to use especially for developers. It has great customization features and that greatly helps the advisers on the board to be able to manage accounts and make class registration platform easier.

Adam O.
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"Powerful, simple to setup, and lightning fast"

What do you like best?

I have used various search systems including Sphinx, Solr, direct DB integrations etc. but nothing has been as robust and performant as Algolia. It just works very well.

What do you dislike?

At this time we have nothing to critique as it's perfect for our needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get a trial. Mess around with the core features and write a bit of code to see what this can do for you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A portion of our infrastructure was used for search which we were able to swap out with Algolia.

Nebez B.
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"Working as expected: incredibly easy integration, relevant results, quick searches."

What do you like best?

The amount of work that goes into maintaining and publishing Developer-focus documentation is great. Integrating was super simple because of how well they know how to speak to technical people.

What do you dislike?

Maintaining configuration sync amongst indices is not easy. I have many indices that all need to work in the same way (prioritization, synonyms, etc), and they each need to be configured and updated individually. Having common index configuration that can be shared is something that you can only do programatically, but this means you can no longer use the web interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use the Free Trial, you have nothing to lose. You can probably get an MVP up and running in a matter of hours.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ecomm search in a luxury retail startup was not our first concern. We spend time on curating vintage products, photography, and focusing on brick-and-mortar stores. Sync'ing our product catalog up with Algolia and implementing their front-end JS helper meant we got up and running with instant search across our entire catalog in a matter of hours.

Viraj C.
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"The Best Search Platform Ever!"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Alogolia is the ease of setting up and using. They have ready integrations with all major platforms. We were up and running with Algolia within minutes.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are outages without a prior notice and the whole website breaks if not handled.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Algolia works out of the box with most use cases. In case some customization is required, it can be done via APIs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having more than 7000 products on our e-commerce store, the most critical feature is searchability of products and with Algolia this is effortless.

Matthew H.
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"Fast searching API for anything!"

What do you like best?

Algolia has easy implementation and easy data management. The searching is fast and it allows your users to find things quickly.

What do you dislike?

I have not found anything that I dislike yet. Pricing is good and worth it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easiest search api out there. Everything else is harder to use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We allow users to search for careers, skills, open jobs, and projects internally at their company that they work at. We needed an easy search api so that employees could find opportunity. Algolia enables users to quickly find what they need. Additionally, the analytics gives us insight on what and how people search so that we can constantly improve our searching. Also, there are so many packages offered in terms of replication to make sure that data isn't lost. There is a huge community too around using their plugins like instantsearch that will help you really get started.

Darion F.
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"Algolia makes search easy"

What do you like best?

No real set up from a dev perspective and is incredibly fast. The apis and tools make for real ease of integration with very little effort.

What do you dislike?

The pricing is steep as the number of documents and collections increase. The initial design was kind of ugly but since then the improvements have been consistent and nice to look at.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The search we run is lightning fast and reliable. The cost to integrate into our app is incredibly low.

Ian W.
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"Google-like enterprise search, right out of the box"

What do you like best?

Algolia is so easy to use that it makes implementing enterprise search an absolute breeze. It offers us almost all of the benefits of elasticsearch, but in a turnkey solution.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, so far. Elasticsearch is more configurable but we find that we're happy with trading off some of that control for ease of implementation/administration.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're dedicated to shipping low-latency solutions throughout our product suite, so Algolia's speed, combined with things like its typo-tolerance features, makes it very user-friendly.

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"Easy to implement, great product. Vive Algolia"

What do you like best?

I am not a developer, but my team had a pretty much hustle free time implementing the software and get it running in 2 different applications. As we are only a very small team, time to market is very critical. The WOW effect kicks in when you start the search and get the instant results in a matter of a blink. The true beauty unfolds as you can easily modify the search in the Admin Dashboard. So you don't have to bother your developers any more. The application is reasonable priced and I can not image how we would do without it. We had a custom build search implemented in our application but those are anything near of what Algolia is capable of. The user experience on http://www.solartraders.com for our customers is on another level now.

What do you dislike?

Maybe the could refine a bit the dependencies of the filters.

Apart from it I don't have many recommendations as the experience is a fantastic one so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cant really help here as I have not used other saas for search.

Though before you build your own search, think about all the advantages wich you will gain by using Algolia. Even if you just need search for your backend administration and so on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you need search on your application, use Algolia!

It is incredible fast and reliable and time to market for deployment is very fast.

For a simple search without filters you are done in a couple of hours. For a search including filters (depending on complexity) calculate 2-4 days.

Milad T.
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"Stable, Predictable and easy to use Search service."

What do you like best?

Algolia is very stable with rich APIs and fast response times. It supports many programming languages and provide well designed libraries with great documentation. Algolia solves many problems for services in which fast searching in large data sets are required. The platform is incredibly reliable, easy to use and prices are affordable for most companies, regardless of scale . It takes no time to integrate it into a project. Thanks to their backend architecture, availability is guaranteed and lookups are predictable.

What do you dislike?

- Improved indexing. Although not a big problem, but it can definitely cut a set of manual processing stages.

- Choice of server location to reduce latency.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

When developing a project in which a search engine is required , maintenance and development costs for search engine part can dramatically influence project success. Algolia is a great, reliable choice for this situation.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Syncing data in a distributed service. Algolia help us to skip hassle of maintenance and focus on the service itself.

Maxime L.
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"Great for setting a powerful search bar without heavy infrastructure"

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...)

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"An essential tool for search heavy sites and tools."

What do you like best?

Algolia is incredibly fast to execute searches, often results return in just a few milliseconds. Setup was quite easy, even given the technical overhead involved, since the API and docs are clear and to the point. It has out of the box compatibility with VueJS which I love, so that is appreciated. The default widgets provided are easy to customize and it's not too hard to make your own when needed. There are plugins for Wordpress and other CMSs for those that use them.

I'd also counterpoint to anyone who mentions price as a negative. I would challenge anyone to show me they can even setup the raw infrastructure needed to run something like elastic search this fast, never mind the ongoing costs needed to maintain such a system.

Algolia can't be beat from a value standpoint right now in this space.

What do you dislike?

The lack of date based filter widget maybe? I have no serious complaint against the product. Algolia has served all the needs I had for search.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just take a look at how much Algolia is used in the open-source community for search docs, or asset library or packages (jsDelivr, Packagist).

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a small team and deploying real-time faceted search on complex sites is very difficult. Then to do is reliably with cross-platform compatibility and great speed, that's nearly impossible. Algolia makes this process trivial by comparison, with a few custom plugins we are able to setup user friendly search on all of our sites easily.

EI
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"Impressive technology"

What do you like best?

We installed Algolia and got it working with minimal fuss. The technology is what they use on ProductHunt, so you knw that it is battle tested.

What do you dislike?

Pricing is slightly higher than expected, but we're happy with the service overall. We may be on a higher tier than is necessary, but needed some of the additional features because of the size of the data set.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Adds value to users, doesn't require a huge IT lift We were able to get it working quickly, but needed some help in figuring out exactly how to configure the individual search databases.

We look around at more complex open source solutions, but realized that we would have to spend more money on the actual implementation..

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Discovery on a large site is difficult-- Algolia helps users better surface our content.

EI
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"Powerful, easy to integrate search capabilities"

What do you like best?

The product is very powerful and well documented for integrating into our platform. We have been really happy with how well their APIs are documented. Our users are distributed globally so it is amazing to have the power to quickly and easily distribute our search resources to many regions for faster latency.

What do you dislike?

We haven't found anything big enough to warrant dislike of the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Always make sure to do your homework when reviewing potential vendors! Algolia's product and support team are wonderful to work with and answer any questions you have before you purchase or after

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need fast, accurate search results for use in our content apps and filtering capabilities. We have quickly solved many problems we were trying to custom write code for by moving to Algolia.

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"Good search tool that is very fast."

What do you like best?

Admin tool is well equipped and highly functional. It's fairly easy to use and understand quickly. It is easy to debug inside the admin tool.

What do you dislike?

Some API documentation and react instant search documentation is a bit lacking. Particularly with connectors for react instant search, you have to read the github repo code to understand how to really implement it. Pricing has increased a lot since we first used it. We are lucky to be on a legacy plan but if we ever need to update it, as a startup company, we are unlikely to be able to afford the same level of features.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a fast search tool for catalogue of products. Great for customizing your own catalogue page but at the same time utilizing their search capabilities with filters.

Hugo O.
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"Business managers & developers will love it!"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and the whole developer experience (API, Documentation, ...)

What do you dislike?

Nothing! Just keep up the brilliant work!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

go for it!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Algolia mainly because we needed to improve our search experience. We do salary comparisons and the core of our website is around salary reports. It is very important for us that users find exactly the reports they want in the quickest and easiest way possible.

With algolia we were able to improve our UX, and the best part is it couldn't have been any easier!

Paul W.
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"Don't build your own search until you've outgrown Algolia"

What do you like best?

Up and running with advanced search capabilities in minutes. Hook up your data model, plug in the JavaScript widget and your users get a great search experience. It is very fast from anywhere in the world and the flexible customisation features allow for advanced and nearly bespoke search solutions. You should try Algolia before you try to build your own search.

What do you dislike?

Not much. Some of the terminology used when you get into customising the experience can take awhile to make sense.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it before you build your own search.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowing our users to search and find meaning in large datasets.

Mike E.
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"Fantastic improvements and relative simplicity"

What do you like best?

Ridiculously simple to import information into Algolia to then create rankings etc,. And the fact that everything that can be done over the API can be done via the interface, makes it super simple to hand of features etc to the Product Owners to manage and tweak without developer time.

What do you dislike?

Documentation when needing to write customisations around the presented libraries is convoluted.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Internal search for users, primary product search and in-content search.

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"Super fast Turnkey Search "

What do you like best?

Algolia is one of the fastest searches out there. It's better than any defaults that come in a CMS. I've replaced our search defaults on Zendesk, Shopify, and Wordpress with Algolia. Generally, the search accurately delivers the results indexed for the queries without much effort from our dev team. The instant search is a wonderful user experience for customers on our site that involved minimal development work on our side. The system keeps search records up to date without our team having to spend a lot of time maintaining or managing the service. Honestly, it's one of those softwares that just work and you don't have to think much about. Their team does a great job of offering the best search software out there.

What do you dislike?

It's easy for non-developer team members to add synonyms but the query rules/parameters require a bit more development knowledge which limits our team a bit in implementing customizations on the search.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We originally had a search vendor that delivered accurate results but was expensive and did not deliver results quickly to the user. Algolia delivers results accurately and quickly to users at a lower cost than we were paying with our old provider.

Thiago M.
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"Easy, fast and powerful"

What do you like best?

The easy-to-go API and the Synonyms Dictionary changed everything. Our product became much more powerful after these two features.

What do you dislike?

The documentation can't be a paradise. We lost some time trying to implement the widgets with out application.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a database with many levels of data. With Algolia, we solve the problem of returning the right match in minutes, providing to our users the best results, in real time.

Austin H.
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"Easy to implement"

What do you like best?

It's really easy to implement their APIs for both front-end and back-end services. It's so much easier to use them as a service rather than starting up a custom search tool.

What do you dislike?

We are still on a legacy plan and the new pricing isn't as good as the plan we currently have.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a radio station and we now have the ability to let listeners find what song they heard! Most people really only remember a few words of a song and being able to index lyrics and titles makes finding that song so much easier!

Renato O.
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"Very good experience"

What do you like best?

I have built searches on lucene/solr/elasticsearch myself, but algolia has simplified everything for me and saved time for other stuff.

What do you dislike?

Nothing ate this moment. The price is a little bit high if you consider the exchange rate for brazil, but the service worth it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very good software as a service.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a very fast search for a youtuber marketplace. So the instant search page/feature worked like a charm.

Renato R.
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"Fantastic solution. "

What do you like best?

Very fast, reliable, and easy to use.

We are using for several use cases.

We have implemented the real time search, awesome speed.

It is also good to index orders for the sales front end and dashboard.

In this case the ability to use multiple indexes per sort let the response very fast.

What do you dislike?

Nothing at all. The only thing may be the price for people outside US. I live in Brazil and the exchange hates are 4-1.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do the trial, implement the real time search. It is amazing

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Near real time search, sales dashboard

Romain C.
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"Great product"

What do you like best?

1. Easy to use and integrate in existing tech stack (django / javascript / mobile apps)

2. Blazing fast

3. Fair pricing (cheaper than maintaining in-house elasticsearch cluster)

What do you dislike?

We haven't run any into any issues in 8 months of usage

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Algolia to index articles in our customer app.

Algolia allows us to focus on buisiness critical tasks and outsource the need to maintain a search engine

Justin M.
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"Algolia for blogs"

What do you like best?

It’s a better way to search our site, our audience is able to locate relevant pieces of our content even if those pages were created 4 years ago.

What do you dislike?

The setup process was not very easy, although algolia was responsive to emails and did help us set it up.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to track what new content we should create and see what old content people are searching for

Meg S.
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"Super easy to implement; super fast search responses"

What do you like best?

We had search up on our site within 48 hours and most of that time was figuring out what we wanted to make searchable and how to then sync it to Algolia. The search functionality is super fast and shows similar results when search parameters are a few characters off.

What do you dislike?

Analytics data is limited to 7 days on the base plan.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

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What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basic search on our website. It's helped us see content that our users are looking for which we do not have on our site. We added an entire new type of content based on "not found" analytics data from Algolia.

Hirad R.
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"Best decision we made!"

What do you like best?

Algolia is fast, reliable and super easy to work with. Instead of spending lots of resources on implementing our own elastic search, we decided to go with Algolia. We never looked back.

What do you dislike?

There are some limitations on the record size and facet size but nothing major.

We also like to see better support for geolocation and clustering

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It has a free version so there is no reason not to try

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our search page is using algolia which supports more than 50 types of filters and sorts

Guillaume P.
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"Extremely simple integration for unimaginable features "

What do you like best?

Typo tolerance

Blazing fast http calls answers (faster than our very own api)

Very simple integration

What do you dislike?

Can become a bit expensive when too many records or to many querries (important to build the index not too often, batch calls//)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Before creating your own search and invest dev time to re-invent the wheel (index, typo, mobile, cluster, facetting...) give at least a try to free version

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instant search for entry point features (quick find document to edit it, quick find user to invite him to a team..)

Instant search plugged to our Zendesk FAQ inside our product

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"Good Search tool for the price, but poor service"

What do you like best?

The search function is quick, not the fastest, but quick enough.

The reporting is ok, but tough to drill down to specifics like other search vendors.

What do you dislike?

The reporting needs help. Requires support to dig in deeper.

Support is difficult and slow to make contact. Submitted support ticket and didn't receive response for 3 business days.

Company started double billing us for 5 months and when asked to stop double billing and credit our account, they did not respond after several attempts. Had to get credit card company involved.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Content search that isn't avaiable with OOTB MAGE.

Eric M.
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"Awesome tool, great performance "

What do you like best?

Speed, easy of use and wordpress plugin. The combination helps creating fast search engines in a breeze

What do you dislike?

Sometimes we have had high invoices due to high indexing processes. Although that can be managed from our side.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing fast and easy search engines. Including good analytics

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"Great product and service"

What do you like best?

User experience for online customers. For our clients, their customers' experiences are very important considerations when it comes to search functionality. Algolia presents visual search results which are both attractive and have clear potential for conversion to sales.

What do you dislike?

Would like more features/flexibility. There have been some aspects to the application for e-commerce that still have room for improvement.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easily the best search option on the market for e-commerce.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Attractive search presentation, speed of search and intelligent search/filter suggestions.

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