Adding Acquia Search to your website creates a rich index of your website content and adds faceted search refinement, helping users find content faster and stay on your website longer.
Acquia Search is built on Apache Solr 3.5, and provides your website with the following features:
- Search as a service
Acquia Search is a plug-and-play search service that lets you deliver great search functionality in minutes.
- Faster searches
Your users can find what they're looking for faster than using Drupal's built-in search. Built on Apache Solr 3.5, Acquia Search has delivered searches with a 60% to 500% improvement in response time.
- High availability
Acquia's search infrastructure of Solr servers, coupled with Ngnix load balancers in a round-robin configuration, ensure consistent availability of your website's search index.
Apache Solr has no native security mechanism; administrators have to implement their own security system on the application or network layer. Acquia has implemented an HMAC authentication mechanism on the Solr servers that only allows access to authorized sites. All data is transmitted over SSL if the client server supports it.
Acquia Search also respects node access controls, enabling search content to be limited to authorized users.
- Result filtering and weighting
Users can use facets to filter search results, and the content of your choice appears higher in search results, shaping your users' website experience.
- Content recommendations
Suggest similar or related content to visitors, which can increase their time on your website.
- Multisite and multiple Drupal version searches
Display unified search results from all your web properties, including federated search over both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 content in the same interface.
- Multi-entity and attachment searches
Enables searching over multiple types of content — not just content nodes, but also users, taxonomy terms, or your own custom entity types. Search also can include the contents of files attached to your websites.
- Better knowledge of the data structure
Acquia Search automatically understands when content is changed, and updates the index. This means that updating your index requires one small change, instead of waiting for a crawler to check your entire site for changes. This also means that the index can contain metadata that may not be visible to crawlers.
Getting started with Acquia Search
For information about how to activate Acquia Search for your website, see Getting started with Acquia Search.