INNOVATIONS: BLAZING-FAST SOLR SEARCH FOR LIFERAY
Are your users complaining about Liferay search performance being too slow?
Are the more relevant search results not at the top of the matching results in the out of the box Liferay search portlet? Are irrelevant assets cluttering up your search results, making it harder to get the needed information? Are you using Liferay’s Solr 4 Search Engine EE plugin?
If you answer yes to any or all of these questions you need to check out XTIVIA Search! There are 2 parts to XTIVIA Search:
- XTIVIA’s solr4 web plugin
- XTIVIA’s search hook plugin
Taking advantage of the XTIVIA plugins is as simple as purchasing a perpetual, unlimited license for your enterprise, obtaining the deployable plugins with the source code, and rolling them out in your Liferay environment.
The following features are included:
- Improved Performance – Improve search results render time from 10+ seconds to 1-2 seconds.
- Configurable Relevance – Search results that you identify as being more relevant now show up at the top of your search results.
- Configurable Tag Exclusions – You specify a list of tag names and any Liferay asset with that tag name will be excluded from your search results.
- Configurable Document Library Folder Exclusions – You specify a list of document library folders and all assets in the folder will be excluded from your search results.
Q: Which version of Liferay is supported?
A: Currently Liferay 6.2 + is supported
Q: The XTIVIA Blazing Fast Solr Search Plugin sounds great! How do I get it?
A: The XTIVIA Solr Search Plugins are available to XTIVIA customers as a perpetual, unlimited license with an upfront licensing cost. Please contact your XTIVIA representative or send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Is the source code available?
A: The source code for the search plugins is provided to XTIVIA customers as part of the perpetual purchase under the LGPL license.
Q: Can I leverage your search innovations with Elasticsearch?
A: While the XTIVIA search plugins currently provide the enhanced functionality only with an Apache Solr search provider, we at XTIVIA Inc, have a lot of experience integrating Liferay with other search engines including Elasticsearch and Google Search Appliance (GSA). Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com to see how we can bring these search innovations to bear for you with your preferred search tool—whether that is Elasticsearch or GSA.
Q: Can I leverage your search innovations with Google Search Appliance (GSA)?
A: See answer above.
Public Site and Partner Extranet Implementation at a global Fortune 500 engineering corporation
As part of this engagement, XTIVIA helped a global engineering corporation with an end-to-end Liferay based implementation of a public software download center and a partner extranet for its multi-billion dollar “Smart Buildings” business unit. Both these sites heavily leverage search—in fact, the software download center does not offer any browse capability, and its entire UI is search driven. As such, the client that was striving to build a modern, responsive User Experience (UX) was passionate that the search performance needed to meet 1-2 second response times. XTIVIA helped the customer implement an AWS based Apache SolrCloud with Zookeeper so that the search infrastructure was robust enough to handle the search load. Despite Solr performance being sub-second, the out-of-the-box Liferay search performance did not measure up to expectations, and XTIVIA leveraged its search plugins to jumpstart the kind of performance that the customer was looking for. Additionally, given the customer desire for a custom UI layout and a continuous search results scroll feature, we implemented a custom search portlet that highly leveraged the standard XTIVIA search innovation.
Intranet and Franchisee Portal Implementation at a Global Pizza Corporation
A global pizza restaurant and delivery chain had built an intranet and franchisee portal on Liferay but was facing significant user dissatisfaction with the out-of-the-box Liferay search functionality. They discussed their issues with XTIVIA and we proposed leveraging our search innovations to significantly enhance the user experience with search, both from a performance and an efficacy perspective. We deployed our search plugins and were able to improve performance from. Additionally, the users were able to get to relevant results much more quickly with the most relevant results bubbling up to the top of the list.