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Algolia Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.7

/5

64

Total features

20

11 categories

Algolia features

AI/Machine Learning
API
Campaign Segmentation
Cataloging/Categorization
Compliance Management
Data Capture and Transfer
Faceted Search / Filtering
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API
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
CRM
Campaign Management
Cataloging/Categorization
Channel Management
Content Management

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Functionality

4.7

/5

64

Price starts from

1

Per month

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Total Features

20

Unique features

  • Mobile Commerce

  • Mobile Access

  • AI/Machine Learning

  • Real Time Monitoring

Functionality

4.6

/5

1.2K

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Free

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Total Features

90

Features in Common

4

Unique features

  • Workflow Configuration

  • Performance Monitoring

  • Role-Based Permissions

  • Dashboard

Functionality

4.5

/5

323

Price starts from

295

/user

Per year

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Total Features

15

Features in Common

1

Unique features

  • Self-service Analytics

  • Customer Database

  • Association Discovery

  • Predictive Analytics

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Very easy to get started

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

The documentation is very well organized and so it was easy for us as a startup to add search functionality to our product. There is an official python client package, including packages for other languages.

Cons

It's a bit expensive so we'll have to evaluate at the time we want to scale.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Super simple full-text search for Firebase

Reviewed 2 months ago

Super easy-to-use, feature-rich and developer-friendly.

Pros

Setting up full-text search of data stored in Firebase won't take longer than one day. Extremely easy-to-use ready-made components for Vue.js made our front-end developer happy and significantly reduced time to market.

Cons

I see Algolia a bit expensive for the cases where full-text search is just a nice-to-have feature. However we made our front-end to display data from Algolia only (originally data was retrieved from Firebase), and this pays off.

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The leading search API

Reviewed a month ago

I used Algolia via Firebase for our apps and we're close to make full app with it soon.

Pros

Very powerful and work fast just like real search engine !

Cons

Very productive for us as a developers to build full search experience in our apps.

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Good tool to handle your queries and get info back

Reviewed 6 months ago

Good, but couldn't handle our big catalog.

Pros

Worked flawlessly with the search engine and the data it compiled, it did what it had to do.

Cons

We had issues with our data, it was taking too much time to gather the product data and store it. We have over 1 million SKUs of products in 14 storefronts and it was too much for it.

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Awesome AI System

Reviewed a month ago

It's good to work with.

Pros

Speed at which queried information is delivered, with amazing integrations.

Cons

Some searches can be misleading, if the right information isn't given.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Algolia search works well

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall experience has been regular. In general we needed around 2 months with 2 experienced wordpress developers to be able to implement Algolia which now works ok.

Pros

The clear analytics and ease to separate accounts when using multiple of them, however this comes at a high cost.

Cons

The difficulty to implement with wordpress. The high cost. The lack of flexibility when integrating with other sistems that algolia does not come out of the box for.

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We love Algolia

Reviewed 5 years ago

We implemented Algolia for hosted search so that users can have a better search experience than the native ones provided by Shopify, WordPress, and Zendesk, and also so they can search across all three at once. We also looked at Swiftype, but we really loved how instant the Algolia search loaded. Implementation was easy and we always receive great help when we contact Algolia about questions or...

Pros

Super fast search Great, responsive, engineer level support Easy integration and lots of premade plugins

Cons

You can't drag and drop manipulate search results from their dashboard like you can with Swiftype (but you can develop around that if it's an important feature)

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Jekyll Algolia plugin for a personal blog

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experience has been excellent.

Pros

Installing the Jekyll Algolia plugin was easy. Simple-to-follow documentation, even for a non-techie like myself. Further, the official Algolia Community forum is a place where I can find answers to questions I might have. Free of charge (community plan) with no time limit. The Community plan, which is all I need at this stage (my blog currently has fewer than 30 pages in total) is free of charge. Relevant search results. The Algolia software is able to take into account similar key terms and typo errors. Search results are instant (hence "InstantSearch"), which I believe is more user-friendly than having to press 'Enter' or clicking/tapping a button to see the search results. The search user interface looks good.

Cons

Some search terms don't show up in the results, i.e. "no results." I probably need to configure the plugin to optimize site search.

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Gamechanger

Reviewed 6 months ago

It's completely positive. They respond to support requests in a reasonable amount of time and are amenable to contract upgrades mid-cycle to facilitate unplanned growth.

Pros

Algolia revolutionized our customer experience. Our customer contact volume dropped dramatically almost immediately after implementation. Instant Search and greatly improved results pages reduced the need for assistance. Our users were finally able to search instead of navigate.

Cons

We operate a 100+ location brick and mortar retail chain and function as a BOPIS platform. Each of our locations have a unique assortment of products, so indexing has to treat each item at each location as an individual entry and that increases the time for the index operations.

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Very good but very expensive

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall I do love the result but I'm not sure it justifies the expense.

Pros

The sheer speed of the search is astonishing. You get results in next to no time. It's amazing as compared to a mysql query based search that Magento generally offers.

Cons

Cost, it is very very expensive. They also do not offer much in the way of support unless you pay even more. So you are stuck with trying to wade through their documentation which is not written very clearly to get the best results.

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More than just search

Reviewed 5 years ago

We've been using Algolia to power search on our local directory in Canada. As we continued to add functionality to different parts of the application a phrase kept popping up "Why not just use algolia for that?". Basically once you start syncing your db with algolia you end up with lots of situations where it's easier (and faster) to just fetch data from Algolia than it is to make a call to the database. Especially when you have client side features. We're now on their best package, all and all we're really happy with Algolia, and I would recommend them to anyone.

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Algolia has become an essential part of our website

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

What I like most: the React library and the amazing effort the team has put out to make is flawless! More generally, the response time is great and the docs are really helpful

Cons

Importing data in the interface doesn't work on my side, I would also need more tools to migrate/update data based on queries

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Delightful user experience both as an end user but also developer.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Easy to setup, cost effective search on the cloud.

Pros

Algolia provides an amazing search platform on the cloud. In literally a few steps and minutes you are able to have a good enough search (excluding time to populate it). I had no experience with other search engines like Elasticsearch before hand and I still found it greatly easy. The settings can be defined on the dashboard or via the API which can be both a good and a bad as it can cause miss-configuration. Lastly it is really fast, honestly I worked in commerce shops that build their own search and had to maintain it etc for less than 200k products, now I see that this was well, for no reason.

Cons

As a developer the main problem is the documentation. It lacks, it seems incomplete and although they try to show more languages it would be better to focus on coverage than language adaption.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Best quick and go solution

Reviewed 5 years ago

Algolia is really a blazing fast search solution shorting the time to market. I realy recomande it for user search experience. Now there is one realy missing feature: ability to search by field at search time. Example I have an index with {name, type, location}, search fields are name and location. but for some reason I want to search only in location that match: "t?t?" This is really a topic for advanced search.

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The best search tool on the market

Reviewed 5 years ago

Allowing my users and customers to see the best results regarding their search. All of this as quick as it possibly can be. Nothing - Can´t complain . I guess the fact that I can´t fully use it but I´m ok with it since my developing team has no real issue with it.

Pros

The fact that it gives our clients the most accurate results in a matter of milliseconds. Algolia continues to improve on a weekly basis and makes our website even better with every update.

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Huge Time Saver for App Development

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

It is extremely easy to use and adopt into your application. The UI UX is also amazing.

Cons

It is quite pricey in comparison with other more hands-on products. Sometimes bugs do appear in database operations.

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Best Search in our online shop!

Reviewed a year ago

The Algolia search is much more easier to instal in Magento shops than the core search. We are lucky using that search which will rise our sales in future.

Pros

We integrated the search into our Meagento 2 Enterprise shop and it works better than the Elstic Search from Magento! Very intelligent search with a great preview of the products and a individuel configurable landingpage for the products. You can easily chose the products via relvanz, newsest first and price. The search looks pretty good also in the mobile version. We love the dashboard with the very exclusive analytics :)

Cons

At the moment we cannot find any problems of the software.

Vendor response

Thank you Thomas!

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Algolia search, from development point of view

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with it. I have used on one project only so far, but I sure would like to try it again. Comparing to some open source solutions (e.g elasticsearch), it is easier to develop and it takes less development time.

Pros

It is fairly easy to integrate, there is a free trial option. Appears to be fast, it can be integrated in various platforms. Support is fast enough and accurate.

Cons

If standard option is not enough, it can be pricy. Administration panel can be a bit an overwhelming for non-tehnical person.

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Cut dev time in half

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Powerful search queries, ease of use and extremely well done documentation

Cons

The software doesnt have any negative technical aspect, might get a bit pricey if 1000s of queries are performed daily

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Easy to Implement

Reviewed 5 years ago

So easy to get up and running with a ton of search functionality. Costs escalate pretty quickly as you grow. Customer support takes a long time to respond and generally not very helpful.

Pros

easy to use. lots of features.

Cons

too expensive. poor support.

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Mejora constante en las búsquedas de usuario

Reviewed 5 months ago

Muy buenas features que nos ayudaron a tomar decisiones importantes para mejorar la experiencia de nuestros usuarios.

Pros

Tiene un dashboard complento desde donde se pueden ver métricas importantes sobre las búsquedas que realizan tus usuarios. Por ejemplo qué cosas buscan más, cómo las escriben. En base a esas métricas se pueden tomar decisiones como agregar sinónimos o priorizar el orden de los resultados. ¡Muy bueno!

Cons

La curva de aprendizaje para un diseñador o analista de producto puede ser grande.

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The Be All End All for Search

Reviewed 5 years ago

I'm the founding developer at a small tech startup, and Algolia is a dream come true for someone with primarily frontend experience. Implementing realtime search with Algolia took me a couple of hours on my mobile app and website, and most of that time was spent making a custom UI. Algolia couldn't be simpler, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who needs to implement a fairly robust search feature.

Pros

Easy, robust, good documentation

Cons

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One of the best search functionality on the website to use

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall awesome experience, has a lot of features and just misses few!

Pros

Autocomplete feature is a really great thing in this tool. The user just needs to type the words and the products gets listed below

Cons

Although the auto-complete feature is great but in analytics, we don't get to see what the user has actually typed/searched for. Algolia should think how they can tackle this issue!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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An easy to use search service for your website

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Algolia Search is an excellent add-in to your website; it significantly helped our customers to get relevant results, and to help them find what they want. This is a really great impact ! Besides I have to mention that setup and configuration are super easy to do : there is a nice dashboard, and you can configure the index and use the instantsearch feature. The developer documentation is awesome. Also, you can customize and check metrics, of course.

Cons

I've never found anything wrong with using Algolia so far. Pricing is far and the customer service is super responsive (<24h delay)

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Great, but pricy search engine

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It was very to get started and overall it performed as needed. Being able to tweak result rankings is a fantastic feature.

Cons

The cost structure can be quite expensive for smaller companies, especially if you need to reindex your data frequently.