Author Archives: tbraga1983

About tbraga1983

Digital Professional, Sitecore MVP, started working with Sitecore back in 2008 when I worked for Velir. I joined Collette in 2013 to lead up their new website from the ground up. We started fresh on Sitecore 7, Solr, EXM and xDB.

Optimize with Solr – SUGCON 2015

I have the privilege to speak at SUGCON 2015.  My talk on Optimizing with Solr includes a lot of technical information and I felt it would be helpful to the community if I wrote a blog series touching on each of the different points I’ll be making during my presentation.

The purpose of this talk and the blog series is to give you a good overview of what Solr is, how to use it, and to give solid real-world examples of how we use it.

Please enjoy the series, if you have any questions feel free to reach out by commenting, twitter (@tbraga01) or via email (tbraga@collette.com).  Happy to help.

Fuzzy What Search?

Fuzzy search is important. Not all your visitors are perfect spellers but they still want the results they were looking for.  Take for example the word Brazil. It can be spelled with a ‘z’ (Brazil) and with an ‘s’ (Brasil). How is Solr going to pick up Brasil with an ‘s’ if our content authors have spelled it with a ‘z’?  This is where fuzzy search comes in and saves the day. Continue reading

Boost your search results with document level boosting

Document level boosting is just as important as field level boosting, and they have their own purposes.  Field level allows you to boost directly on a field value, targeting the content field or a title field.  Document level boosting adds “weight” to a document as whole, giving it more relevance than other documents. Continue reading

Solr Sitecore Config – What does this all mean?

By the time you finish reading this blog post you should have a good understanding of the key points in the Solr configuration file.  I always look at things like a big puzzle, and when you have put more pieces together, the more you understand what it is you are working with and everything around you.  Hopefully this blog post will add a couple pieces to your puzzle… Continue reading