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WordPress Elasticsearch Alternative

Elasticsearch provides a great search, but is it enough for your WordPress website? Whether you are new to this or considering a change, we've got you covered with a detailed comparison and a list of must-have features.

WordPress is the most popular CMS platform by far, used by more than 43% of all websites on the internet. The reason for its incredible popularity, Besides being free, is the fact that it allows to build and manage the website easily, without almost any knowledge of code, but also provides a robust solution for more demanding and complex projects at the same time.

Whatever the case is, you might get to a point where a standard site search will not be enough, and you will have to look for advanced solutions. Elasticsearch might be the first option that will cross your mind, but is it still the best choice in 2023? Let’s compare it to another advanced site search solution – Luigi’s Box.

Luigi’s Box vs Elasticsearch comparison

Elasticsearch is just an excellent platform for building an internal site search engine. We know it since Luigi’s Box was built in top of it. That’s also the reason why we decided to improve it and make it more flexible and easier to integrate and set up.

Luigi's Box
No-Code Self-Service Integration Easy self-integration without the need for your IT Team.
API Integration Seamless backend integration through API.
Advanced Language Support Top-notch processing of European languages including CEE.
Synonyms Suggestions AI-powered synonyms suggestions for all Latin languages.
Recommender Personalized product recommendations.
Multiplatform Analytics Analytics is compatible with any search engine.
Advanced Ranking Search results not only by the full-text score but the match quality.
Fixing Typos Working with the query even if the customer made a mistake.
No Results Prevention Determining an important part of a query for more general search results.
Product Codes Recognizing product codes in various formats.
Product Variants Only the most suitable product option for more diversified results.
Dynamic Facets Filters always relevant to the currently viewed category.
Pin to Position Assign desired position to the product in the search results.
Product Listing All the perks of advanced ranking in the navigation product lists
Offline A/B Test See the results before going live without any risks.
AI/Machine Learning AI/ML to personalize the shopping experience.
Voice Search Search for products without the need for typing.

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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 Elasticsearch alternative for WordPress?

Of course, Luigi’s Box is not the only advanced Elasticsearch alternative. What features and attributes should you consider when picking a better alternative for your WordPress website?

Search quality and features

While Elasticsearch offers great query support and cluster management that could be used to build your own site search software, it lacks a lot of features that are essential for any modern website. Typos fixing, automatic synonym detection in multiple languages, or no-search results prevention are the key features that you might look for when choosing a top-notch search solution.

Luigi’s Box provides all of the essential features and a lot of advanced ones at the top of it. Pin the products that matter to you to the desired position in search results, use dynamic facets to show more relevant products in the viewed category, and allow your users to use voice search instead of typing. There is much more that will make your search better and more profitable.

Easy integration

As we mentioned earlier, the popularity of WordPress is caused mostly by the ease of use that allows companies to focus more on content than maintenance of the website.

While Elasticsearch provides very extensive documentation for implementation, it would require the assistance of your IT department.

There are a lot of different options with easy integration available on the market. Luigi’s Box is definitely one of them, and it offers self-service, no-coding integration in four easy steps.


Elasticsearch, as an open-source technology solution, is free. It means that you can create a first-class site search engine literally for free.

Unfortunately, Elasticsearch is not the ready-made solution that offers all the advanced features from the start, and it requires additional development, which could make it considerably costly and time-consuming.

If such a situation does not suit your requirements, look for solutions that will allow you to instantly leverage all of its advanced features and start increasing your revenues from the very first second.

Why is Luigi’s Box a suitable Elasticsearch alternative for WordPress?

Fast and user-friendly integration with support

Luigi’s Box requires you to simply put one line of code into your platform. On top of that, we have a dedicated team of integration specialists that is trained to create a personalized search experience for your business. Search should be easy.

Advanced search features

With Luigi’s Box, you don’t have to manage a dedicated Elasticsearch cluster, take care of its maintenance and scaling. You use the API, and we take care of the operation. A dedicated team is on-call 24/7 and takes care of any issues, while your tech team can focus on other areas.

All-in-one box solution

It’s not only Luigi’s Box Search that will allow your e‑commerce business to grow. Luigi’s Box is a complex searchandizing solution that provides other advanced tools like the product and content recommendations, product listing management, and, website product banners. It also allows you to analyse and evaluate your search and discovery performance with our free Analytics tool.

Comprehensive analytics

Get valuable insights into your website search performance. Luigi’s Box Analytics shows you valuable metrics such as lost opportunities, cart value, trending search results, and other important data, so you can make your decision based on the real usage of your tools.

That’s what Luigi’s Box customers said

The most significant contribution of Luigi’s Box to EXIsport is an improvement in customer experience. The quicker they find what they search for, and the more relevant the search query is, the higher... more

Juraj Giacko
Head of E‑Commerce, EXIsport

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 Maciazka
Implementation Team Manager, Answear

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

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

David Linhart
Head of E‑Commerce, Mountfield

We’ve been using Luigi’s Box since 2017. In addition to our search conversion rate increase by 600%, the service also enhanced our in-store customer service.

Martin Derňar
Chief Omnichannel Officer, Nay

Luigi’s Box is a very progressive tool, which complements our existing analytical data. Its usage led not only to higher conversion rates for our e‑shop but helped us keep high standards of customer... more

Jana Karasová
Online Sales and Service Development Specialist, O2

Luigi’s Box was a real eye-opener for us. E‑shoppers often forget to care about customer experience and invest too many resources into advertising. Luigi's Box showed us what we could gain if we... more

Soňa Fialková
CEO, SpokojenýPes

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 does a great shop and our company loves their tools.

Michal Slovák
Product and SEO Manager, Pro-Tech shop

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Discover Luigi's Box features

Luigi’s Box Analytics

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

Luigi’s Box Search

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

Luigi’s Box Recommender

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

Luigi's Box Product Listing

Personalized product listing pages, organized in a way that enhances the 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 Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch is a full-text search software based on Apache Lucene. It allows you to build a powerful site search engine that lets visitors find products, services, documents, and other information very easily.

Is Elasticsearch a WordPress plugin?

No, Elasticsearch is not a ready-made WordPress plugin. However, there are some Elasticsearch-based solutions, like ElasticPress, available as a WordPress plugin.

How to install Elasticseach on WordPress?

Although Elasticsearch implementation with WordPress is not very complicated, it requires some technical and coding skills. It is necessary to run Elasticsearch on a server and then integrate it with your WordPress website. You can use a third parties application like “Fantastic Elasticsearch” for this purpose.

Alternatively, you can use Elasticsearch-based WordPress plugins like ElasticPress, or more complex solutions build on Elasticsearch, like Luigi’s Box.

What is the best alternative to Elasticsearch at WordPress?

There are a lot of excellent alternatives to Elasticsearch. Coveo, Algolia, Yext, Searchspring, and Luigi’s Box are among the best ones.