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February 21, 2013

Configure Solr for Magento
e-Commerce Platforms

Author Mark Johnson
Category Blog | Magento |

Solr is one of the most powerful search engines available in conjunction with Magento Enterprise. This stand-alone search engine runs on a separate server from Magento and can be used in place of the standard MySQL search to assist customers in finding products and categories with ease.

Minimal Coding
Solr’s powerful external configuration allows it to be tailored to almost any type of application without the need for Java coding. It also has an extensive plug-in architecture when you require more advanced customization.

Reasons to Use Solr with Magento

  • Magento ships with a sample Solr configuration that enables you to provide users with a powerful search engine without the need to customize any code
  • Better performance of search, catalog views and layered navigation
  • Solr avoids frequent updates of the MySQL catalog search and alleviates issues with database table locks


Solr is the chosen search engine of some of the world’s largest websites, backing up its incredible stature and power. A few of the major features you can realize include:

  • Powerful full-text search
  • Hit highlighting
  • Faceted search
  • Real-time indexing
  • Dynamics clustering
  • Database integration
  • Rich document handling
  • Geospatial search capabilities

The Importance of Support
The Solr search engine should not be customized unless you have extensive experience with it. Magento supports only the options displayed in the admin panel. Any customizations can cause issues with Magento. In addition, it is recommended that you hire an expert to download and install Solr for you to give you the best experience possible with this search engine, ensuring a fully functioning e-Commerce operation that is able to grow along with your business.

If you are ready to provide your customers with search results that are accurate and relevant to their searches, you are ready for Solr. When you provide a richer experience for your customers, you are able to achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction, as well as increased sales. Solr integrates seamlessly with Magento and its capabilities, making it possible to create unique search strategies that empower your business. Guide your customers to highly relevant results and watch your sales increase. With the ability to hide and display products within your search results, you can create the most powerful strategy that offers the flexibility and accuracy your customers desire.

If you are seeking assistance getting Solr ready for your Magento ecommerce deployment, i95Dev has the expertise to help you. Please leave an inquiry or call us at 301.760.7499

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