A New Search Tool Kicks Its Heels

September 6, 2013

Apache Lucene/Solr is already the most popular open source search software, but there are other options available including GigaBlast and Elasticsearch. Another search project wishes to join the ranks of open source search. Visit the main Web site and read the synopsis entitled, “Introducing Searchkick” to gain a basic understanding of the new technology. Searchkick is touted as helping developers “bootstrap their search.” It is an out-of-the-box solution that can stem, use special characters, ignore extra white space, handle misspellings, and is smart enough for custom synonyms.

Interestingly the new search tool is an intelligent search function:

“Searchkick uses conversion data to learn what your users are looking for. If a user searches for “ice cream” and adds Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey to the cart (the conversion metric), that item gets a little more weight for similar searches. Results get better as more people search.”

Searchkick can also reindex without any downtime, uses SQL, and can be deployed to any language. The search software is available via Github for download and development. We see a lot of small search projects starting off using open source software. The main problem is that they are often abandoned. Searchkick appears to be off to a better start than others. Let us see if the spark sticks.

Whitney Grace, September 06, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search


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