Apache Solr Alternative

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Finding software suitable for larger companies with a large amount of data and documents to browse is quite a difficult task.

One of the leaders in enterprise search was Apache Solr. But is this software still sufficient for today’s times and demands? Read on to learn more.

Apache Solr is popular for its ability to search multiple sites and search documents, so it’s very often used for enterprise search.

Solr is an excellent software that works perfectly with a huge volume of data and many programming languages, and it’s not only used for its search capabilities but also its analytical ones. But unfortunately, as this is software from 2004 with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, it’s unable to keep up with modern solutions.

Luigi’s Box vs. Apache Solr comparison

To meet current user needs and expectations, it misses several features, and integration and setup require dedicated time. Learn more about why Apache Solr users should consider change and what to look for in alternatives.

Feature
Luigi's Box
Apache Solr
No-Code Self-Service Integration Easy self-integration without the need for your IT Team.
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Recommendations. Personalized recommendations to each customer to achieve the best user experience.
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Advanced CEE Language Support Top-notch processing of European languages including CEE.
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Product Listing All the perks of advanced ranking in the navigation product list.
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Offline A/B Test See the results before going live without any risks.
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Multiplatform Analytics Analytics is compatible with any search engine.
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Dynamic Filters Filters always relevant to the currently viewed category.
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Document Search Simplify the search in documents with unstructured texts.
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Pin to position Assign desired position to the product in the search results.
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Voice Search Search for products without the need for typing.
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Last update: 08/12/2022

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What makes Luigi's Box special?

Support team

No chatbots but kind people who are responsive, receptive to feedback, and always happy to help.

Self service integration

Option of an easy frontend integration. All you need to do is insert one line of code into GTM.

Intuitive interface

User-friendly administration with all the settings to streamline your e-shop's shopping experience.

All in one platform

Comprehensive dashboard with analytical data, always available to track maximum efficiency.

How to pick Apache Solr alternative?

Apache Solr offers powerful document search and analytics, so you should consider a platform offering features that support full-text search and always ensure relevant results. But the main thing is the integration, including the overall setup and management.

Full-Text Search

As Apache Solr offers a feature for searching databases with a large number of documents, tools that can search large amounts of text should be considered when looking for an alternative.

Relevant search should provide advanced search functionality like search synonyms powered by artificial intelligence, faceted search, autocomplete suggestions, highlighting, etc. Make it easier for customers to browse your e-shop and find the products they want and those they didn’t know they needed before, and increase your sales.

Integration options

The difficulty of implementation is one of the frequent reasons why users reach for other solutions, especially, if it contains robust and difficult-to-understand documentation. Clients without IT knowledge or a team of specialists could face difficulties in understanding how to use this tool and implement it. Furthermore, Solr is a resource-hungry on-premise software, which means there’s a need for high-availability servers to run it, which is expensive, complicated, and, most importantly, unsustainable.

The next thing is, once the infrastructure is in place, specialized expert people are needed to run, develop and maintain the software. That is expensive and hard to find! However, many solutions on the market offer much easier integration and constant support from their IT specialists, so why bother? Look for a solution that allows you to integrate your services quickly and easily without drowning in tons of documents and without the need for IT specialists and offers long-term support for your company.

Analytics tool

How would you know if your search is performing enough, if there are places on your website where customers are leaving and why, or on the contrary, which products are the most searched and bought without an advanced analytics engine?

You need to measure everything possible on your website to achieve the desired results. Therefore, when choosing an alternative, look for a search platform that offers comprehensive analytics.

G2 Ratings

E‑commerce search ratings

Have a look at the usability scores for G2’s E‑commerce search category.

Category
Luigi’s Box
Apache Solr
Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements Luigi’s Box
92%
Responses: 154
Meets Requirements Apache Solr
86%
Responses: 24
Ease of Use
Ease of Use Luigi’s Box
91%
Responses: 155
Ease of Use Apache Solr
75%
Responses: 24
Ease of Setup
Ease of Setup Luigi’s Box
85%
Responses: 101
Ease of Setup Apache Solr
64%
Responses: 11
Ease of Admin
Ease of Admin Luigi’s Box
88%
Responses: 104
Ease of Admin Apache Solr
77%
Responses: 11

Why is Luigi’s Box a suitable Apache Solr alternative?

Advanced Search Features

Luigi’s Box offers several features that help users increase average sales and ROI and enhance user experience. For example, it provides an excellent search experience with features like Document search, which makes it easier to search through large documents in various formats, or Word decompounding, which improves search results by keyword recognition in compound words.

In addition, customizable Product banners that help promote chosen products directly in search and encourage sales, or Autocomplete feature that suggests search queries based on multiple keywords, reduces wasteful shopping time, and many more.

User-friendly integration

Unlike Solr, which performs poorly, is complicated and expensive to run, requires specialist skills, and therefore it’s not sustainable in a fast-moving world of economic pressure, Luigi’s Box offers several integration options with easy setups. You can choose whether to manage the integration or whether Luigi’s Box experts will handle it based on your needs and skills.

Luigi’s Box is suitable for any e-commerce platform, and on top of that, if you run an e-shop built on one of the partner platforms, there is no need for development from your side. You can start using Luigi’s Box products in just a few clicks

Offline A/B testing

Luigi’s Box provides offline A/B testing. This allows the testing of two various solution versions in the offline mode.

See which version suits your online store best, prevent possible future losses caused by deploying the version with errors, and improve the store’s performance.

Free trial

Luigi’s Box offers a 30-day free trial for self-service clients. We do not require your credit card information; you can cancel it anytime.

At the end of the trial version, the version will not automatically switch to the paid version, but one of our experts will contact you and discuss the next continuation.

That's what our customers said

Taking extra effort to improve business results

Luigi’s Box massively streamlines shopping for our customers. Moreover, they developed several features for us that help manage products in our e-shop.

Piotr Maciążka
Implementation Team Manager, Answear

More than €100,000/year thanks to Luigi’s Box

Given our size, Luigi's Box brings us over €100,000 a year without much hard work for a price that was immediately returned multiple times.

Jakub Žilinčan
Chief Marketing Officer, Electronic-star

Luigi’s Box improves customer experience

The most significant contribution of Luigi’s Box to EXIsport is improving customer experience. The quicker customers find what they search for, the higher the chance they will complete the purchase.

Juraj Giacko
Head of E-Commerce, EXIsport

Team of professional specialists

Luigi’s Box is a guarantee of a professional approach. As the search specialists, they lead us to our goals much faster.

Tomáš Bzirský
Performance Marketing Manager, Košík

Increased search conversions by 33%

Luigi's Box Autocomplete increased our conversions by 33%, even when its use dropped by 30%.

David Linhart
Head of E-Commerce, Mountfield

Building in-house search is like building another Google

It doesn’t make sense to develop our own search. Luigi’s Box's value is understanding and adapting to our needs. This level of understanding and responsiveness is absent in competitors offering similar solutions.

Martin Derňar
Chief Digital & eCommerce, Nay

Improved conversion rates and customer satisfaction

Luigi’s Box is a very progressive tool that complements our existing analytical data. Its usage led to higher conversion rates and helped us maintain high customer satisfaction standards.

Jana Karasová
Online Sales and Service Development Specialist, O2

Shopping cart value increased dramatically

Recommender is a useful and inspirational resource for our customers to discover Powerlogy's products. How do we know that? Our average shopping cart value has been rising dramatically.

Michal Dodok
Head of Marketing, Powerlogy

Luigi’s Box was a real eye-opener for us

Luigi’s Box was an eye-opener for us. E-shops often forget about customer experience and invest too much in advertising. Luigi's Box showed us what we can gain when we care about search.

Soňa Fialková
CEO, SpokojenýPes
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What's in the box

Analytics

Comprehensive analytics that identifies issues with search queries and helps find out how to optimize and improve them for better results.

Search

Smart search with autocomplete helps visitors quickly find the products they are looking for, considerably reducing wasteful shopping time. 

Recommender

Personalized boxes with product recommendations help raise the average order value and can be placed anywhere on the website.

Product Listing

Personalized product listing pages, organized in a way that enhances browsing experience, supports your business goals and increases revenue.

Get a free consultation call with one of our e‑commerce experts. We’ll show you how Luigi’s Box will improve your online business.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Apache Solr?

Apache Solr is an open-source search engine built upon a JAVA library, that has been available since 2004. It is often used to build search applications. It is famous for its search capability and high-performance library used to index and search virtually any kind of text.

Who uses Apache Solr?

Among companies using belong Slack, Zalando, Walmart, Fiverr, Trivago, and Netflix.

What are suitable search alternatives to Apache Solr?

Best known suitable Apache Solr search alternatives are Algolia Site Search, SearchBlox Search, Acquia Search, Pantheon Search, Amazon CloudSearch, and also Luigi’s Box Search.

What is the pricing of Apache Solr?

Apache Solr’s pricing varies on used features, support or training required, and customization requests. When you find a product that fits your needs, you should talk to the vendor to figure out what they can offer.