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    Advanced Search for Magento 1

    Faster search, less server load, trustworthy output

    • Sphinx engine used to power store search
    • Extension setup requires just a few admin settings
    • Output options allow to define a search principle
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    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 Search Search Autocomplete Advanced Search
    Search type Catalog only Catalog only Catalog, Blog, CMS, Knowledge Base
    Search engine Built-in PHP+MySQL Built-in PHP+MySQL Sphinx
    Customize options
    Built-in lexical analyzer

    How it works

    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,,,, etc.

    Who uses Sphinx?

    Easy setup

    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.

    With the help of the module, you can enhance your store search functionality with one of the following options:

    • Wildcard Search - lets your visitors find the required product by part of the word, e.g. they can find “sony” by “son”.
    • Morphology processing - corrects all misspelled words according to Sphinx morphology dictionary.

    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 provides customers with a dropdown of destination suggestions once they are past typing the third symbol in the search field, allowing to jump to the relevant product without going through the search results page.

    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.

    Now with Layered Navigation by aheadWorks integration.

    Integration with other Aheadworks extensions

    Using the Advanced Search extension together with the below Aheadworks products, online merchants get more valuable insights.

    Demonstrate search suggestions and autocomplete results in an attractive and convenient way.
    Let visitors find information about your products within blog posts.
    Let visitors find product description in knowledge base articles.
    Simplify the search process - apply fully customizable layered navigation in search results.

    A Needed Tool

    Review by Jerry | May 27, 2014

    Advanced search has been such a valuable tool the last few weeks for my Magento store. All search queries were turning up empty results before, but now they are much more relevant. This has most certainly increased conversion rate in a huge way.


    Review by Eric | Mar 4, 2014

    We have tens of thousands of products and needed the best search feature possible. I believe we have found that, with this extension. Great job Aheadworks!

    The full-featured search engine for Magento!!!

    Review by Joel Kieslich | Jan 27, 2014

    Hi folks,
    This module is of the same type you can see on a majority of retailer websites. I appreciate that the extension has got many options to configure it. I was looking for a search extension based on Sphinx, for Magento Community edition, by luck I found this solution. I brought it and it works perfectly. I must say far better than the native search from Magento. Even if you need to tweak things, you can do it. I like its new feature of Wildcard Search as it’s very popular with my customers. We recently installed this extension due to the miserable internal Magento search function and it works great.
    Best regards,

    I use it with Search Autocomplete and the results

    Review by Claudia | Jan 24, 2014

    Together with Search Autocomplete the search has become really fast! There are no lower and, what’s more, upper limits for searching items. Whether you have 1K or 10K items in your store the search will be same fast. Last but least, it makes the search appealing for visitors through fully customizable pop-ups.

    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: 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.

    Win relevance

    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

    @ Brian:

    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!

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    Advanced Search for Magento 2

    The solution that makes on-site search quick and intuitive, ensured by harnessed Elasticsearch and the high relevance of provided final results.

    • Relevant resultsImprove navigation and generate new sales
    • Extended search functionalityIncludes products, static pages, and more
    • Effective workflowTakes care and guides customers to their favorite products
    • Quick responsesPowered by Elasticsearch, they make searching swift and convenient
    • Advanced usabilityAllows customers to include numerous browsing and navigation options
    • Close integration with MagentoEnables you to effectively use native search options and benefits
    • Precise configurationAllows you to fine-tune the process and search results
    • 50% off if purchased together with Layered Navigation Enhance the navigation capabilities of your store and benefit from the discount
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    Search autosuggestions | are displayed once a user starts typing a search query

    Search autosuggestions

    Spelling corrections | allow finding appropriate results for the searches containing typos or misspellings

    Spelling corrections

    Elasticsearch settings | allow configuring the connection with the Elasticsearch search engine

    Elasticsearch settings

    Extension settings | allow enabling the ‘Did You Mean’ search corrections and search autocomplete suggestions

    Extension settings

    Index Management grid | encompasses all search indexes in one place

    Index Management grid

    New Index page | allows creating new indexes and editing the existing ones by setting a store view and searchable attributes

    New Index page

    Synonym management | enables store admins to add search terms to existing synonym groups or create new groups right on the Search Terms page in a few clicks

    Synonym management

    Integration with the Blog and FAQ extensions | allows searching through the content on FAQ and blog pages (in addition to default static pages and products)

    Integration with the Blog and FAQ extensions

    Integration with the Layered Navigation extension | allows filtering search results using the layered navigation functionality provided by the extension

    Integration with the Layered Navigation extension

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    Introducing Magento 2 Advanced Search

    Advanced Search is the solution making your search box the shortest way to target products and pages relevant to any customer and his demand.

    For customers
    Ajax Search Magento 2 Extension Aheadworks
    Gain 1:
    Provide search autosuggestions
    The success of on-site search is evaluated by the relevance of provided results. There is much at stake in this case - new conversions or mass visitor exits. Make sure that the outcome is always positive using:
    • Provided search autosuggestions;
    • History of recent searches provided in popups;
    • Improved results based on advanced synonym variations;
    • Spelling corrections provided by the ‘Did you mean’ search functionality.
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    Gain 2:
    Allow customers to search throughout the whole store
    Most likely customers use on-site search to find the products they need, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, they want to find more about your warranty, delivery, returns, and refund terms and conditions, or they want to get some product tips from your official blog. You can definitely make this information available to them providing on-site search for:
    • Products;
    • Static pages;
    • Blog posts (integration required);
    • FAQs (integration required).
    Best Magento 2 Custom Search Module By Aheadworks
    Gain 3:
    Improve the performance of your store
    On average, the share of people using on-site search is 30%. But, you can easily increase that number with the extension if you:
    • Exploit the mobile-friendly interface that makes the search option great on any device;
    • Have the catalog and layered navigation powered and accelerated by Elasticsearch;
    • Benefit from the provided advanced index management.
    For admins
    Top Magento 2 Autosearch Extension
    Gain 1:
    Manage searchable attributes and their weights
    Magento merchants are able to tailor search results strictly according to their long-term business needs or current promotional purposes:
    • The module works with existing search term attributes and their weights making the initial configuration quick and easy;
    • Searchable attributes are arranged by weights.
    Magento 2 Advanced Search Module
    Gain 2:
    Utilize improved synonyms
    Customers do not necessarily know the exact name of the product they want and often look for a solution to their problem or task. For example, they can type “sports footwear” instead of “running shoes” and so on. With the Advanced Search extension, you will be able to ‘read’ their minds immediately. For this purpose:
    • The extension works with native Magento synonyms from the very moment of the installation;
    • Search terms can be added to existing synonym groups in bulk;
    • New synonym groups can be easily created from the search terms results page.
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    Gain 3:
    Prevent system failures
    One in a million cases, even if you lose the connection with Elasticsearch or it suffers from some server malfunctions, we ensured that this issue is not going to be a problem for your store:
    • As soon as Elasticsearch becomes unavailable, the store will switch to native MySQL and continue its work.

    How it works

    Top Extension Development Company

    The Advanced Search extension for Magento 2 by Aheadworks makes the idea of really fast and convenient on-site search possible.

    The combination of the Elasticsearch engine, autocomplete suggestions, typo corrections, and improved native Magento synonyms make the extension a powerful solution that suits businesses of any size in any domain.

    As soon as a customer starts typing in the search box, he immediately receives relevant autosuggestions. The provided results can be further refined taking customers to products, CMS pages, blogs, and FAQs with no delays thanks to Elasticsearch.

    The implemented usability features allow a significant improvement in the user experience, which makes the whole process convenient and straightforward.

    Magento 2 Search Extension Detailed Feature List

    General functionality
    • Elasticsearch powered functionality, including catalogs and layered navigation
    • Search Autocomplete Suggestions
    • Recent searches history
    • Improved work with native Magento synonyms
    • ‘Did you mean’ search (spelling corrections)
    • Fallback to the native Magento search if Elasticsearch is down
    • Magento Commerce Edition: Catalog Permissions support
    Backend configuration
    • Detailed ‘General Settings’ page
    • Search Autocomplete Suggestions configuration tab
    • Convenient synonym groups management
    Index management
    • Separate ‘Index Management’ page for the extension
    • Different types of indexes, incl. product, CMS, blog (Blog by Aheadworks), and FAQ (FAQ by Aheadworks) pages
    • Easily added Custom Indexes
    • Inheritance of native attribute weights
    • Mobile-friendly interface
    • Search query highlights
    • Keyboard navigation support for the SAS pop-up
    • 'Esc' key to close the SAS pop-up
    • 'Back to Search Results' link on product pages
    • Integration with Layered Navigation by Aheadworks to filter obtained search results
    • Integration with Blog by Aheadworks to find blog posts via on-site search
    • Integration with FAQ by Aheadworks find FAQ articles via on-site search
    Need additional functionality
    or futher customization of your products?

    How Magento 2 Advanced Search beats competition?

    Optimized workflow
    Built upon most common use cases, the backend interface of our extensions echoes clearly the actual administrative workflow.
    Thorough testing
    Due quality assurance employed, our extensions are customizable, scalable and fully Magento 2 compatible.
    Quality code
    Constantly seeking ways for improvement, we write clean code, subject to timely refactoring.
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    Summer Seafield

    Jul 23, 2018

    Not a Bad Product!

    Great product if you are looking for something to replace native Magento search module. Easy to setup and works just fine with other extensions.
    Does it work with Elasticsearch 6.2?
    Sure, Advanced Search was designed to work with Elasticsearch 6.x and is compatible with it.
    Does it support multi-store?
    Yes, it does. It is possible to configure the extension separately for different websites.
    During the purchase I have to enter our url. Does this extension only work on 1 installation? Because we have a development environment and a production environment.
    Our EULA allows using the extensions on a single production and as many dev or staging sites as you need without a need of purchasing an extra license.
    What is aheadworks policy on supporting its modules? Specifically if a security vulnerability is found will aheadworks create a patch?
    Our extensions come with included support period and we are able to provide technical assistance when the support is active.
    As for security vulnerabilities and bugs, we are trying our best to fix them free of charge regardless of the support period status.
    This extension for Magento 2 supports Saudi riyal currency and Arabic Language?
    If your currency and language is natively supported by Magento 2, the extension will also support it.
    However, to work with RTL most likely some style adjustments will be required and you will need to translate some options the same way as you did with your Magento.
    Does the extension support full page caching?
    Since full page cache is a native Magento 2 feature, all our extensions for this platform support it.
    I run Magento 1.X. Will my currently installed extensions from aheadWorks work in Magento 2?
    Due to a significant difference between Magento 1 and Magento 2 branches, the extensions for M1 will not work in M2.
    However, the owners of the extensions by Aheadworks for Magento 1 can get 25% discount on purchase the same extensions by AW for M2
    Which URL do I specify on checkout if I've got only a development store at the moment?
    You need to enter a final address of the site when it will go live.

    If the domain name is still under consideration at the moment of purchase, you can enter an address of your dev environment. In this case, don't forget to contact us when the final domain name has been registered: our support team will change it by your request.
    I run Magento 2 on AWS with ELB (Elastic Load Balancers) do I need a license per EC2 instance? They are all behind the same domain.
    Such setup is considered to be a single Magento environment, so you need only one license.

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