When comparing Amazon CloudSearch vs Swiftype, the Slant community recommends Swiftype for most people. In the question“What are the best search engines for web applications?” Swiftype is ranked 3rd while Amazon CloudSearch is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Swiftype is:
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Pro Easy to Integrate and Manage
The primary differentiator of CloudSearch is how simple it makes the lives of the developers using it. Not only does it automatically scale, developers can change search parameters, fine tune search relevance, and apply new settings at any time without having to upload the data again and can do so from a simple dashboard.
CloudSearch also automatically takes care of:
- Hardware provisioning
- Data partitioning,
- Software patches.
CloudSearch dynamically scales as the amount of searchable data increases or as the query rate changes. The search system utilizes well-understood and automated sharding and replication to scale.
CloudSearch will automatically add search instances and index partitions as required as well as add and remove replicas to respond to changes in search request traffic.
Pro Search features
CloudSearch lets you add the the following features:
- Faceted search
- Free text search
- Boolean search expressions
- Customized relevance ranking
- Field-based sorting and searching
- Text processing options such as stopwords, synonyms, and stemming.
Pro Results Ranking
CloudSearch does out-of-the-box ranking of search results with simple controls to let developers tweak the ranking. You can add stopwords, perform stemming, and add synonyms.
Pro Easy & fast deployment
Pro Real-Time Analytics
Built-in search analytics give you live insight into what your users are looking for.
Pro Custom result ranking
Drag-and-drop default results to re-order them. Changes are instantly reflected on website.
Pro Android & iOS support
Swiftype offers full integration with both Android and iOS SDK's
Pro Third Party Compatibility
Swiftype integrates with all major third party platforms, offering a Shopify App, Magento Extension, and WordPress Plugin, with more to come. Swiftype also provides tutorials for adding Swiftype to Tumblr, Jimdo, Heroku, Weebly, Tumblr, CloudFlare, WebStarts and Desk.com. They also have questions dealing with fixes for WooCommerce, how to add Swiftype to any CMS (such as Drupal or Jekyll) and searching across content types (like WordPress using GoDaddy Shopping Cart)
Pro WordPress plugin
Swiftype offers a WordPress plugin for easy integration.
Pro Multiple client libraries
Swiftype has client libraries for Python, Ruby, node.JS, Java, PHP, a search and a separate autocomplete library for jQuery, an iOS SDK, and an Android SDK.
Con Propriety Tech
While ElasticSearch and Solr both have active open-source communities propelling the technology forward, CloudSearch is closed. This has multiple disadvantages such as:
- Constrained by what Amazon allows you to modify/customize.
- No transparency behind new feature development.
- Potentially slower development of new features.
- No way to modify/extend the search algorithms.
- No existing language specific API to call the Cloudsearch and process the response into objects.
Con No 'More like this'
CloudSearch doesn't support the 'More like this' or 'Find similar' features.
Con No AutoComplete/Suggest
Does not have the functionality to either autocomplete the users search query or suggest an alternative query ("Did you mean?").
Con No Geolocation search
No way to sort and filter by distance.
Price starts at $300/month.