By Srikanth Kalepu
Drupal CMS is an open-source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It is a one-stop solution for sites of all sizes.
Drupal’s default search option, Core Search, meets most companies’ needs right out-of-the-box. Core Search simply pulls indexed node content from the Drupal database and serves it up, no problem.
However, when sites get really busy and search volume or complexity increases, user experience can quickly go downhill. Obviously not good.
In these cases, or when we know that customers plan to expand their site in the future, TechAspect recommends scaling up search performance with Apache Solr™.
Powerful. Full-Featured. Open Source
Apache Solr is an open-source search platform built on Apache Lucene™, a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. Solr is suitable for nearly any application requiring full-text search, but it’s especially good for cross-platform searches. We recommend Solr to businesses who want to significantly improve Drupal’s search speed and performance, while keeping a lid on costs.
Here are some key features and benefits that make Solr a popular choice with user-focused SMBs:
- Drupal Integration Module: This standard feature makes it relatively easy to disable Drupal Core Search and designate Solr as your default search tool.
- Multi-site Indexing and Search: Unlike Core Search, Solr isn’t limited to supporting a single site. In fact, a single Solr installation can power multiple Drupal sites. Free of this limitation, companies can deliver deeper, more relevant, more satisfying search results.
- Simple Scalability: Solr runs independently, outside of Drupal to its own cluster, supported by its own resources, including a dedicated server. This allows Solr to return lightning-fast results, while eliminating potential bottlenecks.
Search Function Acting Up or Bogging Down? We Can Help
The bottom line for your search users is speed, relevance and reliability. Sacrificing any of these is a recipe for frustration, and could irreparably damage your brand or reputation. If your Drupal site’s performance has started to slip, it may be time for a TechAspect consultation. Call us today to discuss upgrading your search solution.