The user experience of search with Solr

Polly Lee | February 4, 2013

Search is never a user’s end goal but rather a means to an end; search engines are enablers for solving tasks.

In this post, I’ll discuss how Architech crafts superior user experience for search by using the powerful, open-source search engine, Apache Solr. Solr is built atop of Apache Lucene, another open-source project used to power services as large as iTunes search.

Whether the task is to find information about a topic or to find products for purchase, a search engine is usually the starting point. We expect that search engines will know what we want and present the information that is relevant to our searches in a meaningful way, search therefore needs to be efficient, comprehensive, and relevant.

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Declaring Content Bankruptcy – Part 4

David Suydam | September 8, 2010

For people performing any kind of content migration from one content management system to another, this is part of a multi part post that discusses the idea of declaring ‘Content Bankruptcy’ with respect to the old content repository – simply leaving behind the old content and starting fresh – and some of the reasons and benefits in doing so.

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Declaring Content Bankruptcy – Part 3

David Suydam | September 1, 2010

For people performing any kind of content migration from one content management system to another, this is part of a multi part post that discusses the idea of declaring ‘Content Bankruptcy’ with respect to the old content repository – simply leaving behind the old content and starting fresh – and some of the reasons and benefits in doing so.

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Declaring Content Bankruptcy – Part 2

David Suydam | August 25, 2010

For people performing any kind of content migration from one content management system to another, this is part of a multi part post that discusses the idea of declaring ‘Content Bankruptcy’ with respect to the old content repository – simply leaving behind the old content and starting fresh – and some of the reasons and benefits in doing so.

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Declaring Content Bankruptcy – Part 1

David Suydam | August 19, 2010

For people performing any kind of content migration from one content management system to another, this is part of a multi part post that discusses the idea of declaring ‘Content Bankruptcy’ with respect to the old content repository – simply leaving behind the old content and starting fresh – and some of the reasons and benefits in doing so.

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Top Ten Considerations for Content Migration Projects

David Suydam | July 2, 2010

When migrating content (of any kind) from one content system to another, here’s the top ten things you’ll want to think about.

There’s a really long list of things that have to be taken into account in such a project, and many things to consider so this is far from an exhaustive list. None the less, hopefully it will help with some of your planning for such a project, regardless of the type of content tools involved.

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Evaluating Meta Data for Search

David Suydam | February 25, 2009

When you deploy a search engine and index content that needs to be searched, there’s often a lot of information that could be pulled in as meta data – how do you evaluate it and decide what to keep? This post might help.

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