The goal of this research is to review options that online retailers who use Magento eCommerce platform have for organisation of internal site search.
Site search is important component of online stores, especially those that carry significant number of SKUs. According some studies properly done site search can be very important driver of increased conversion and revenue for online merchants.
In this research we plan to review 10 most popular site search options that online retailers can comparatively easy implement in stores based on Magento eCommerce platform. We’ll review here both cloud based solutions that integrates with Magento and self-hosted extensions that may be deployed to the same infrastructure with the store itself.
Site Search solutions included in research
We plan to review next solutions for site search:
Magento CE out of the box search
Magento EE out of the box Solr search
We plan to expand this list and add up to 3 solutions here. Criterias to include - Magento Extension that makes it easy to install, popularity at Magento Connect
We'll test each search solution hosted on demo server provided by supplier and compare the next functional and non-functional criteria.
General search quality
Search relevance and ranking
Understanding of typos and mixed word order
Understanding of jargon and synonyms
Understanding of abbreviation
Correct work with special characters like used for inches
Pre-fill of search query on search result page
Price (initial and regular if relevant)
Deployment type (self-hosted or SaaS)
Ease of installation
Magento extension popularity
Magento Connect user review score
Last release of Magento extension
Company or individual behind the solution
Store that uses this solution
Based on result of the research we plan to provide recommendations of what extension we suggest to use. These recommendations will be split to several facets:
Best inexpensive solution for SMB merchants/Value for money
Best self-hosted solution
Best SaaS solution
- Best functionality
Research results publication and distribution
Research summary will be published at Magenable blog; full research will be available for download free of charge at the same place.
Press-release with research results will be distributed through specialised online services.
Research results will also be announced through social media channels.
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