New Feature, New Release

New version of SearchStax (v2.1.5) rolled out to all customers

As of September 6, 2016, there has been a SearchStax update. All SearchStax customers automatically received this update. No action is required.

New Features

  • SearchStax Pulse allows users to see the status of shards and replicas for each collection. On the SearchStax dashboard for a deployment, navigate to Monitoring > Collections. SearchStax users can now monitor the health of every replica in every collection without having to log in to the Solr Administrative interface to find that out. 
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  • Account Admin can resend an invitation to a user. Users with Admin role now have the ability to resend an invitation if it has expired. To do so, select a user, click Bulk actions and Resend invitation.
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Improvements

  • Server status based on heartbeat instead of get request. Monitoring of server status is now based on a heartbeat function, instead of on-demand polling. In cases where Solr APIs are restricted by Authentication, the status of a particular server could not be retrieved. With this release, we’ve reworked the server status to rely on the SearchStax Pulse agent that does not have this drawback.
  • Notice when Solr admin customized security.json. Disables Solr authentication via the SearchStax dashboard (Deployment > Security > Auth) so that SearchStax will not accidentally interfere with Solr-side authentication.
  • Let the Admin rename the deployment. The deployment name is now editable by the user with Admin role.

Bug Fixes

  • Low numbers don’t display properly on graphs. Fixed an issue with Search Throughput graphs where the graphs did not display very low values properly.
  • Cluster goes unavailable if one node is restarted. An issue that sometimes interfered with cluster management has been fixed.
New Feature, Solr

Solr version 6.1 now available on SearchStax

We’re excited to announce that Solr 6.1 is now available on all SearchStax plans. For those looking to create a new Solr 6.1.0 plan, you can do so through our self-service UI. Solr 6.x Version offers several new advancements and improvements including but not limited to:

  • Parallel SQL Support
  • Graph Traversal Query Support
  • Cross Data-Center Replication
  • JDBC driver for SQL interface
  • New Streaming API
  • Filter support in Real-time GET
  • and many more.

 

Questions?

As you will discover, there are numerous changes and enhancements to 6.1. We recommend that you explore the full list of changes and improvements in the Apache Solr 6.1.0 release notes. If you have any questions along the way, drop us a line at support@measuredsearch.com and we’d be happy to help!  If you’d like to upgrade your deployments to Solr 6.1, please drop us a line!

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Events, Solr, Talks

Join Us at All Things Open 2016

Meet us at All Things Open in Raleigh, NC to explore open source, open tech and the open web in the enterprise. Sameer Maggon will be there giving a talk on Future of Enterprise App Development. We’ll also be one of the sponsors and if you are there, drop by our booth and we’d love to chat.

Details
  • Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Location: Raleigh, NC,
  • Learn more: http://allthingsopen.org/
Solr-as-a-Service available in Mumbai, India Region
AWS, New Feature, Solr

Announcing SearchStax (Solr-as-a-Service) availability in Mumbai region for AWS

Today we are pleased to announce immediate availability of SearchStax, Solr-as-a-Service in the new Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region when using Amazon Web Services. Developers can now launch their Apache Solr clusters, whether for development, qa or production in the AWS Mumbai, India region.

Our goal is to empower developers and companies around the world to build powerful and innovative applications utilizing open source software, and our robust and scalable infrastructure is making it easy to deploy, manage, scale and optimize Solr on the cloud more than ever. Mumbai, India joins Oregon, N. Virginia, N. California, Dublin, Frankfurt, Singapore regions already available to developers to spin up Solr clusters. This totals to 7 regions Apache Solr is available on top of AWS.

India is seeing a tremendous growth within software ecosystem with new startups launching every week. As they deliver new search powered open source based applications, we want to be there to support them become successful.
Start a new Solr Deployment today!

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General, Solr

Join us at Lucene / Solr Revolution 2015

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We are proud to announce that this year we will be helping to sponsor Lucene / Solr Revolution 2015!

There are some really great presentations lined-up this year, and it is looking like attendance is going to be much bigger than previous years.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can use our coupon code “Spons-Msearch-20OFF” and you can get 20% off!

Look for us in the sponsor foyer where we will have a table. We hope to see you all there!

eCommerce, Magento, New Feature, Search, Site Search

Announcing built in CDN support for faster search experience

Starting today, we are offering enhanced CDN search support for a faster search experience. Distributed image serving as part of our search API will improve loading of images within your apps and provide a faster search experience to your customers. CDN capability within search-as-you-type with image support is a must have feature in eCommerce!

If that didn’t grab your attention, maybe you’re not aware that faster search and image loading can directly increase conversion rates on your eCommerce site. And if you think your business and budget is too small for a Content Delivery Network (CDN), think again…

CDN Search Support is Your Ticket to a Global Market

A CDN is a large, distributed network of servers spread across multiple data centers worldwide. Your site data and content is replicated and stored in each data center within the network. Why store your content in more than one place? Because your site users live in more than one location. A CDN enables you to deliver content to individual users from the data center nearest them based on their geolocation. And that results in a higher performing web store with faster search results, faster product image and page load times, and faster check out experience.

When you use a CDN, your site–including all images, css files, javascripts, and more–is cached on a number of servers. If your main server is based in Los Angeles, and a visitor from Japan lands on your site, the CDN automatically redirects to the server nearest them, let’s say in Tokyo. Instead of waiting for your site files to make multiple hops across the globe, the visitor experiences the loading speeds of a local site.

CDN Search: Your Ticket to a Global Market

CDN Search: Your Ticket to a Global Market

eCommerce Companies Can Greatly Improve Speed With a built in CDN Search Service

You don’t have to be an etailer of Amazon proportions to take advantage of a CDN. The Measured Search solution is a great option for small to medium sized online businesses looking to increase and support traffic within their own country and abroad. If you can’t yet make the leap to a CDN agreement to host your entire site in multiple locations, you can still take advantage of our Search-as-a-Service and distributed image serving offerings. This puts your on-site search capabilities and product images in the cloud, supported by a CDN, so the most important elements of your customers’ shopping experience will be fast and intuitive.

Search-as-as-Service and CDN search support offers more than just speed. They improve your overall product visibility and user experience:

  • Reduce bounce rates as visitors will no longer get frustrated by a slow site.
  • Rank higher in search engines since Google favors faster sites.

When It Comes to Site Speed, Every Millisecond Counts

A Forrester study found that 47 percent of visitors expect a website to load in less than 2 seconds, and 40 percent of visitors will leave if it takes longer than 3 seconds. That was several years ago, and today’s online shoppers are surely even less patient. Every millisecond of load time impacts traffic, click-throughs, and conversions.

  • Shopzilla decreased load time from 6 seconds to 1.2 seconds, and increased revenue by 12 percent.
  • Mozilla once shaved 2.2 seconds off landing page load times and raked in an additional 60 million Firefox downloads per year.
  • Walmart discovered that with every 100-millisecond decrease in load time, they could increase conversion 1 percent.

The out-of-the-box Magento eCommerce platform is not optimized for search and page load speed. It needs extra support from a CDN to cut back on server burden and enhance site performance. If you want to start dealing in milliseconds, our distributed image serving service is a great place to start.

CDNs Are Critical To Image Load Times

The new CDN-supported Measured Search option for distributed image serving will help you supercharge online sales through dramatically improving a user’s search experience. Once an image URL is loaded into our search service, we download that image from the URL, process it, and make it ready to be served to visitors from over 50 locations worldwide, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

Faster “Search As You Type”, thanks to CDN backed Search Services

Measured Search makes fast, advanced, cloud-based, instant search possible. Customers searching your site can find what they want on the fly, or discover other relevant categories to browse. The search-as-you-type function does more than autocomplete users’ search queries. It can also display suggested product names, descriptions, images, and prices in a drop-down list. The suggested search list is responsive to users as they type, so results become more accurate with each added character.

CDN supported, instant search results make the difference between a sluggish site that seems to generate information in a mechanical, impersonal way, and an intuitive site that makes the user feel understood and in command.

CDN-Backed Search-as-a-Service Boosts Conversion Rates

Even if you operate a small eCommerce shop and your entire site is hosted on one server, you can still optimize your search functionality by using Search-as-a-Service and distributed image serving. Combined with the rest of the Measured Search for Magento features, you’ll see better overall site performance with less time investment and troubleshooting on your end.

Internal site search data is a powerful way to gain deep insights into visitor intent. The better you understand how visitors search and what they search for, the better you can understand why they come to your site and what they need to convert. Using the analytics features from your Measured Search dashboard, you can answer important questions, like:

  • Are visitors searching for categories, descriptors, or synonyms that I don’t have on my site? If so, how can I integrate them in a way that will quickly connect people to the pages they want to see?
  • Are visitors searching for categories, descriptors, or synonyms that I DO have on my site? And are those searches yielding the most relevant and useful results?
CDN Search Services Puts the World in Your Hands

CDN Search Services Puts the World in Your Hands

CDN-Backed Search For Magento

Build a modern, fast, frictionless site, starting with user history based search and product suggestions that give visitors extremely relevant results. Contact us today for a free assessment, and learn how the Measured Search Magento Extension can upgrade your store.

  • Advanced Analytics and insight reporting to help you manage and optimize on-site search.
  • Seamless Integration that automatically syncs new and existing store products with your search query results.
  • No Infrastructure Needed.
  • Scales with you as you grow and take on more traffic and sales.
  • Backup & Recovery of your site, customer, and transaction data.
  • Data Security ensured with encryption and access keys.
  • 24×7 Support should you have any questions or mishaps.

If you have any questions or need help, contact us anytime!

eCommerce, Magento, New Feature, Search

Introducing Magento Extension for a Better Magento Search

Measured Search for Magento

We are excited to announce a new extension for Magento that offers a better Magento search solution for your ecommerce store. Our Magento Extension enhances the default search with search-as-you-type capability and provides you with detailed search analytics to gain insights about your customers. The extension automatically keeps your products in sync with the service and changes are posted immediately. The extension uses Measured Search, a fully managed search service and scales as your catalog or traffic increases.

A few key highlights of the extension:

Search as you Type

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Show relevant products to your customers as soon as they start typing in the search box. Enables customers to quickly find what they are looking for which leads to uplift in site conversions & drive sales.

Real Time Search Analytics

Easy to use, web based dashboard allows you to manage your search experience. Get detailed insights around what users are searching for, what they are not finding and most popular products they engage with. Reporting includes Top Searches, Top Product Suggestions, Top No Result Searches, Click through rates, etc.

Instantaneous Product Sync

Synchronize all your product data with our service with a click of a button using our Magento Extension. Any changes you make within Magento are immediately synced with our service and available for search.

A Better Magento Search means a Better Bottom Line

Search is key to your site experience & conversions. Modern, intuitive and fast search as you type capability helps improve conversions! With Measured Search for Magento, you can offer powerful search functionality to your store visitors without the overhead and need for operational expertise. Measured Search is delivered as a service without you having to worry about performance, service availability and scalability as your traffic or content grows.

To get started with Measured Search for Magento, sign up for a Measured Search account now or to learn more about how we can help you increase conversions & deliver higher user satisfaction, schedule a demo.