Autocomplete is an important feature in search engines. It is used to predict the search query a user is typing based on search history log, search terms popularity and individual interests. This article deal with how you can build your own Solr autocomplete search engine for your website.
How to build Solr autocomplete
You can build a Solr autocomplete by coding. But this method is not advised as it takes up developer time and also the cost can be high. It also doesn’t offer much flexibility to make changes later on.
As a workaround, try this method. It uses a ready-made custom search engine based off Solr which you can use to build a search in less than 5 minutes and also customize various aspects without any coding.
Here we will visit the steps required to add the ExpertRec Custom search engine to your website. This is one of the easiest setup processes of all the available options out there and is highly recommended.
- Navigate to https://cse.expertrec.com/newuser?platform=cse and signup with your Google ID.
- Enter your website’s URL when prompted. You can select a server location near you and add the URL of your sitemap if you wish to. These will be auto-detected otherwise.
- You can play around with the settings and customize the UI as the crawl runs. Once it is complete, you can check out a fully functional demo before taking the search to your website.
- You can take the search to your website with little to no effort. All you need to do is to paste the code snippet available on the dashboard on your website.
ExpertRec comes with more customization options that you can explore. You can read this article to find a more detailed guide on the installation and configuration.