Why go with appbase.io vs MeiliSearch?

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appbase.io vs meilisearch

Elasticsearch has been the favorite search engine for because of its versatility and ability to handle large datasets. But, businesses have to be careful otherwise they could end up with an expensive implementation, along with high training costs. In a sense, both appbase.io and MeiliSearch have a similar value-add — simplifying search implementation and provide controls to configure search out-of-the-box. The difference is that while MeiliSearch is a growing open-source search technology, appbase.io offers a range of services to enable you to take full advantage of the existing Elasticsearch ecosystem. MeiliSearch is an open-source search API written in Rust created in 2018. It is designed for fast deployment and search-as-you-type speeds out of the box. On the other hand, Elasticsearch is built on Lucene which offers scalability and a powerful full-text search. It can handle search results for textual, numerical, geospatial, structured, and unstructured data in realtime. The challenge that both MeiliSearch and Elasticsearch have, is that they both need an investment of time and resources to be configured accurately. While MeiliSearch offers a responsive and typo-tolerant search out-of-the-box, other vital features like synonyms, stop-words, ranking rules, and more need to be to setup. The same is also true for Elasticsearch, which requires extensive training for to build search functionality. Businesses also have to consider that neither technology supports front-end integrations like search bars and pages. That means this is going to be another task they have to plan for when implementing search. Here is where appbase.io comes in. Businesses will be able to build fast and relevant search experiences with NoCode, JavaScript UI components or REST APIs using our product. Search relevance settings like weights, typo-tolerance, and synonyms can be set from a point-and-click control plane in realtime. Configure Query Rules to extend search relevance by promote or hiding specific results, changing search behavior, and adding facets based on a query, category, or a timeframe. Visualize impact of search with popular search terms, CTRs, conversions, and more. Build a responsive web and mobile search UI using our industry-leading UI components., or design search and recommendations UI with a WYSIWYG builder and more. The table below gives a detailed view of what businesses and developers can expect when using MeiliSearch, Elasticsearch, and appbase.io powered Elasticsearch.

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MeiliSearch
  • Developer Experience

    Speed

    Fast out-of-the-box

    Search-as-you-type and suggestions

    Out-of-the-box

    Popular Suggestions

    No

    Search Navigation

    Yes, with some configuration.

    Geolocation

    No

  • Business Experience

    Multi-Language Search

    Yes

    Search Relevance

    Requires Engineering

    Query Rules

    No

    Search and click analytics

    No

    A/B Testing

    No

  • Developer Experience

    Building New Features

    Requires Engineering

    Storefront Search Builder

    No

    Access Control

    No

    Support

    No

Elasticsearch
  • Developer Experience

    Speed

    Requires Engineering

    Search-as-you-type and suggestions

    Requires Engineering

    Popular Suggestions

    No

    Search Navigation

    Yes, with some configuration.

    Geolocation

    Requires engineering

  • Business Experience

    Multi-Language Search

    Yes, for over 34 languages

    Search Relevance

    Requires Engineering

    Query Rules

    No

    Search and click analytics

    No

    A/B Testing

    No

  • Developer Experience

    Building New Features

    Requires Engineering

    Storefront Search Builder

    No

    Access Control

    Separate plugins, or requires an enterprise license

    Support

    No

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Elasticsearch with appbase.io
  • Developer Experience

    Speed

    Fast out-of-the-box

    Search-as-you-type and suggestions

    Set via point-and-click dashboard

    Popular Suggestions

    Yes, out-of-the-box with configurable settings

    Search Navigation

    Yes, out-of-the-box.

    Geolocation

    Yes, out-of-the-box with geo search UI components

  • Business Experience

    Multi-Language Search

    Yes, for over 39 languages

    Search Relevance

    Set via point-and-click dashboard

    Query Rules

    Yes

    Search and click analytics

    Yes, out-of-the-box

    A/B Testing

    Can be implemented by integrating with Optimizely, Google Optimize, VWO

  • Developer Experience

    Building New Features

    Out-of-the-box responsive web and mobile UI components

    Storefront Search Builder

    Yes

    Access Control

    Set via point-and-click dashboard

    Support

    SLA based support available as an add-on with all plans

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