100 000 inventory items and 10 000 blog posts search is not a problem now!
If you run a really large Magento store, you definitely know how difficult it is for your customers to find something they require very fast. Magento Advanced Search is a perfect solution for search through Magento-based stores. This extension uses an external search engine Sphinx. If you have 10000 products in your store, Advanced Search will help your customers to find those which are required. If you have 1000 posts in your blog, it's not a problem for Advanced Search as well.
Magento Advanced Search uses Sphinx. Sphinx is an open source full text search server. This powerful search engine is used by different popular websites, such as Craigslist.org, mysql.com, joomla.org, tumblr.com, Dailymotion.com. etc.
Who uses Sphinx?
Just install Sphinx on your server, configure Advanced Search and enjoy. You won’t have to deal with complicated Sphinx configuration - Advanced Search will do everything for you.
Please note that installation service does not cover cronjob setup and/or Sphinx installation. You may need to contact your system administrator or hosting provider regarding the matter.
Easy search settings
Magento Advanced Search extension configures Sphinx for you in accordance with your settings.
Sphinx supports many different API's, PHP, Python, Java, etc. So you can easily integrate an external application to perform search over Sphinx indexes.
With Sphinx installed on dedicated server, your search becomes even faster.
Sphinx has several different ways of matching the given search keywords, which can be set in the Match Mode field. It is possible to define whether the search results will match all query words, any of the query words, a phrase with perfect match, etc.
Configure search and index in the most appropriate way for your store
Different products are sold in different stores and they all need different attribute priority for search.
If search by manufacturer is primary in your store, just define the higher weight for corresponding attribute.
How Advanced Search differs from Search Autocomplete & Suggest
Search Autocomplete & Suggest is a wise interface solution which is based on the native Magento search functionality. This extension doesn't replace or optimize search but displays the results in an attractive and convinient way.
Advanced Search replaces standard Magento search and brings a power of external search engine to your store.
Both these extensions can easily work together - when installed on the same website, Search Autocomplete & Suggest can use Magento Advanced Search as its search engine.
Great addition to any site with a lot of products
Review by John | Nov 22, 2013
Once you get this installed and working right your search results will be much more useful. Had to have my host (magemojo) install the sphinx engine (took them two minutes to get done), Installed the extension myself and then had AheadWorks set the engine up for me.
Took a little bit of tweaking to get the search rules exactly right, but Aheadworks never stopped working with us until we were happy with the results.
Great extension, great support. If you need to improve your search results this is a great extension to get.
Close to perfect
Review by Charlie | Nov 8, 2013
Fast. Accurate. Reliable.
The ability to search CMS contents was a god-sent option for us, as we have quite a number of static pages at the store.
One feature that would be nice to have, though, is the ability to show Categories in search results.
Review by Adam | Apr 16, 2013
A great module, installs fine. Support is good. However, this extension needs some improvement: it will fail to find items if the user was not careful using spaces. EG. if something is called "Brand Name", searching on "brandname" (oneword) will not find it. (Our previous webshop has no issue with it, nor our competitors' stores). Support said they plan to implement it in the future. Unfortunately any Magento Search Extensions i've tried so far failed this test. So i'll stick with it and wait for the next upgrade.
A God Send for Magento
Review by Dan | Oct 1, 2012
Anyone who has worked with magento for any amount of time can vouch that Magento is TERRIBLE for their search function. I just sat in a eCommerce user group, and the speaker showed the change of ecommerce shoppers from browsing categories to just performing a search. If your search doesn't bring back useful results, you most certainly will lose a sale.
Being based on sphinx I was able to use their guides and the help of aheadworks to configure exactly what I needed and now I return 8 results for a two word search rather than 2000.
Works! after some adjustments
Review by Daniel | Aug 13, 2012
We used the advanced search module at: http://www.forcom.be the search results are much better than with the standard Magento search function. We had to do some tweaking with the Aheadworks team to get the results our client wanted.
Review by javier | Jun 26, 2012
We have noticed very much relevance on results using this extension. I recommend you all.
Simple and effective
Review by Robert | Apr 10, 2012
We are using this extension on one of our client sites with 6k+ products and the search results have been a lot more relevant compared to the default Magento search.
We did have some initial problems with this extension because we use the flat category and product catalog setting. The couple of bugs we found were successfully fixed by the AW team and communication during the support process was fast and effective.
It would be nice to have some more information about how exactly this extension interacts with the Sphinx software as well as confirmation that the search extension can be used for multiple websites/stores running on the same Magento install - which it does, but we had to ask.
Also, not all Sphinx installations configure the Sphinx default port to the value specified in the installation instructions so you need someone who knows what they're doing on the server side to set the extension requirements up, otherwise it may not work straight away. However, with the correct awareness and by following the installation steps, this extension can be set up and running within half an hour. Of course, you may need to do some additional CSS to adapt the look and feel.
We like the fact that the extension is simple to configure and it handles singular vs. plural searches very well. Ie. you get similar results when you search for toaster or toasters. You can aslo set it to use boolean expressions to combine search keywords but your customers would need to be aware of the correct syntax.
The only thing it lacks is the "soundex" feature where it would suggest correct spelling but that's not supported by Sphinx itself. If you want more sophisticated options, you would need to look elsewhere (and spend more) but if you want to improve the native Magento search quickly and without much hassle, provided you can add Sphinx to your server, this is a well priced and quick solution.
Review by Jan | Feb 20, 2012
Of course, a Sphinx based search requires having a Sphinx server running...
Furthermore, Magento should always be hosted on a dedicated server.
Typically Requires a Dedicated Server
Review by Brian | Feb 4, 2012
We purchased this and realized afterwards that it requires having Sphinx installed onto your server. If you have a dedicated server then this is no problem, but if you are on a Shared Host, then you had better contact them first before purchasing because it looks like many Shared Hosts don't support Sphinx.
Knowledge Base Search
Review by Paul | Dec 8, 2011
Will it also search through the knowledge base as well as products and blog? Now that would be GREAT!