Blast Lucene Search
Very nice extension, great price, awesome support
I've been using this extension for over 2 years now for various sites on which I've worked. I love it. It's handled thousands of products just as well as it handles sites with 50 products. The extension grows with each new update. Highly recommend!
May 14, 2014
5 Star Extension. Must Have!
After building our Magento site, the aim was to enhance the users ability to search. Magento does not do this well as a standard feature. After installing this feature and bypassing an issue thanks to the great 'Developer Support', the search was working just as described. With great search functionality comes increased conversion. No matter how good the navigation from homepage to product is, the search bar will always be the go to place upon arriving on a sites homepage. The extension pays for itself in a matter of minutes.
May 14, 2014
This extension not only performs as stated - it exceeds expectations. I cannot believe how much more relevant our site search results are. I only wish that we had found this extension sooner.
We have tried a bunch of other extensions and not one came close to this one in terms of:
- Ease of installation,
- Support from the development team, and of-course,
This is a no brainer, seriously. Installation is super simple, any support you require is quickly provided by a friendly and efficient staff.
If you haven't already done so, give this extension a try. You won't regret it.
May 13, 2014
It looks as though a lot of time went into developing this extension but unfortunately the deal breaker for us was that it was too slow. It took 15 to 60+ seconds to complete product searches which in the world of eCommerce will cost sales. It was especially noticeable with the suggestions dropdown that we paid extra for.
We run ~5000 skus with mostly default attribute set. When we asked the developer about this they responded "do you want us to show you how fast it is on our server?" I indicated this wouldn't help us so after logging in to our server they recommend we upgrade it.
To give readers context, we upgraded to an AWS c3.large and got a consultant to optimize our Nginx / php-fpm / redis config. This didn't help the search speed much. We also tried many admin settings for the extension with no speed up.
The quality of the search results themselves however were good and we were very sad that we couldn't use this extension in the end. We did end up just getting another server and installing Apache Solr on it. We found an extension that would connect community edition to Solr. This provided <1 second responses and noticeably more accurate results.
Also note that if you do plan to try this extension, their refund period is only three days so if you get delayed working with support just be aware of that.
In short this extension did not "blast" like they said it would and trying to figure out documentation and support was also not a "blast".
May 12, 2014
Best search module I've come across
We use this module on almost all of our client's sites. It works out of the box, all you need to do is reindex your catalogsearch_fulltext table. Lots and lots of settings to dial in the search results however you want, but the default settings work just as well. Support is also excellent, they are always willing to lend a hand. I would recommend this module to anyone.
May 7, 2014
Superb search extension - Excellent value for money
When it comes to the default Magento search function it is widely known that it doesn't do the job properly. The search bar is used very frequently by customers and the default Magento search returns lots of unrelated products when using multiple keywords which can lead to customers giving up finding the actual products they are interested in.
Having installed this extension the results are filtered perfectly for customers and it even has fuzzy logic so it matches words when customers type in the keywords wrong or slightly altered (e.g plural words, synonyms)
Highly recommended product.
Also the support is first class from the developer
April 3, 2014
extension works great
Extension works great support is even better.
Buy with confidence.
March 18, 2014
Best support ever
Yes, it's a great checkout extension. But also, the support team are heroes. We've had issues due to our old and heavily customised Magento build. Each one has been fixed by Php4U even literally YEARS after the initial purchase. Buy with confidence.
February 10, 2014
Top Search Extension for Magento Store
I have been using this extension on my live site for months. So this is not a first impression, but rather a thorough analysis of this extension. I've also bought and installed extensions from other companies, so I am able to also make a comparison regarding support and product quality.
To put it in a nutshell, this is the best extension you can buy. Buy it even if it costs double of any other similar functioning extension. I was also considering 'Better Store Search' at the time I was getting this but just going through the demo store, I realized that the Blast Lucene was giving off better results. This extension is not only fast, but the difference is of day and night when you compare the search results to the stock magento search. For an ecommerce site, that means a potential client finding the product on your site, to leaving your site because he/she thinks you don't have what they're looking for.
I would also commend the product on being very mature. I bought a few extensions from other developer that were literally half cooked and I had to fix them myself at the end of the day. With this extension, everything is rock solid. You can feel that this is a well thought out quality product that you're using since it hardly ever fails and is always delivering consistently. Any queries that I've had were promptly answered, although they could be a little more courteous. I was pleasantly surprised when the developer provided me with a patch for aheadwork's searchautocomplete extension, that would make it work with lucene search engine, instead of trying to sell his own autocompeleter. The gesture speaks for itself I think. I am so happy with the lucene, that I would probably buy autocompleter anyway.
So if you're looking out for a better search alternative than the magento's builtin search, and frankly you should be, than look no further and just get this. Its worth every penny!
December 16, 2013
Awesome product and support
Totally fixes the search for magento. Able to organise products by name first and description second (or summarys etc)
Also able to force certian products to the top.
Works great, easy to use and we had some issues that were on our end and Php4u support fixed that for us too. Highly recommended extension.
December 11, 2013