Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results

Description

The plugin provides relevant search results in milliseconds, ensuring that your users can find your best posts at the speed of thought. It also comes with native typo-tolerance and is language-agnostic, so that every WordPress user, no matter where they are, can benefit from it.

About pricing

This plugin relies on the Algolia service which requires you to create an account here.
Algolia offers its Search as a Service provider on a incremental payment program, including a free Community Plan which includes 10,000 records & 100,000 indexing operations per month.
Beyond that, plans start at $35/month.

Note that there isn’t a direct correlation between the number of posts in WordPress and the number of records in Algolia.
Also note that we only offer support to paying plans.
On average, you can expect to have about 10 times more records than you have posts, though this is not a golden rule and you could end up with more records.

Getting started guide

Once you have installed the plugin, you can follow the step by step guide provided here: https://community.algolia.com/wordpress/configuration.html

Relevance

Algolia enhances your search functionality with a completely customizable search experience which can be seamlessly integrated into your WordPress theme. It lets you create a find-as-you-type experience or an auto-complete dropdown menu, which provides relevant results from the first keystroke. Our extension also automatically synchronizes data (posts, taxonomies etc.) in real-time, making sure that any updates to your site are available as soon as they are made.

Speed

Algolia returns results in under 35ms on an average – irrespective of whether you have 100s or 1000s of posts.
Our state-of-the-art infrastructure and distributed search network ensures that your readers benefit from this, no matter where they are.

Accessibility

Search by Algolia gives you the ability to make all forms of data – blog posts, categories, users etc. – searchable from a single search bar. Algolia also gives you the ability to completely customize your search results based on criteria that makes sense for your business, such as popularity, date, relevance etc.

Built by developers for developers

Search by Algolia is also completely configurable and fully extensible by means of WordPress filters and hooks, letting you build a custom search experience or theme based on Algolia.

Want to see out how we did it?

Check it out here: Search by Algolia GitHub Repository

Join the Algolia community and meet thousands of search enthusiasts. We’re also always on the lookout for feedback: https://community.algolia.com/wordpress

Screenshots

  • Algolia Settings.
  • Indexing configuration.
  • Instant-search results configuration.
  • Autocomplete dropdown configuration.
  • Autocomplete dropdown example.
  • Instant-search results page example.

Installation

Minimum Requirements

  • PHP version 5.3 or greater (PHP 5.6 or greater is recommended)
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater (MySQL 5.6 or greater is recommended)
  • Some payment gateways require fsockopen support (for IPN access)
  • Requires WordPress 3.7+ (WordPress 4.4+ is recommended because we will drop support below it in upcoming releases)

Visit the Search by Algolia server requirements documentation for a detailed list of server requirements.

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Search by Algolia, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “Algolia” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found our search plugin you can view details about it such as the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking “Install Now”.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading our search plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favourite FTP application. The WordPress codex contains instructions on how to do this here.

Updating

Automatic updates should work like a charm; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Minimum Requirements

  • PHP version 5.3 or greater (PHP 5.6 or greater is recommended)
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater (MySQL 5.6 or greater is recommended)
  • Some payment gateways require fsockopen support (for IPN access)
  • Requires WordPress 3.7+ (WordPress 4.4+ is recommended because we will drop support below it in upcoming releases)

Visit the Search by Algolia server requirements documentation for a detailed list of server requirements.

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Search by Algolia, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “Algolia” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found our search plugin you can view details about it such as the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking “Install Now”.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading our search plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favourite FTP application. The WordPress codex contains instructions on how to do this here.

Updating

Automatic updates should work like a charm; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.

Where can I find Search by Algolia documentation and user guides?
Will Search by Algolia work with my theme?

Yes; Search by Algolia will work with any theme, but the Instant Search results page may require some styling to make it match nicely.

Where can I report bugs or contribute to the project?

Bugs can be reported either in our support forum or preferably on the Search by Algolia GitHub repository.

My issue is not listed here, what should I do?

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions on our website which might have more information than this thread.
It will also give you guidance about where to ask support if your question is not covered.

Reviews

Brilliant !

Bravo, rien à redire. Installation / Intégration vraiment simple. Les écrans d’admin pourraient être un poil plus “élégant” mais je chipotte.

Great product and support

Algolia is an amazing service, and Raymond / their support are thorough and provide great expertise when needed.

We would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a serious business level search service. We’re using it on an installation with millions of queries each month with great success.

Very bad support, waste of time and money

I purchased premium account for algolia. Initial setup was okay. And then I add new indice from zendesk data. But wordpress site not able to fetch any data from this new indices.

There is not even any sync button so wordpress can fetch all latest indices.

I contacted support via email, their forum and also from wordpress support system. Not a single reply after 24 hours. So guys dont waste time behind this. They dont even have proper support channel even for premium users. Dont know how to reach them.

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Contributors & Developers

“Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors