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  1. Matt Mullenweg

    I think that the search volume, which if you extrapolate out Greg’s per-second number is about 73M queries a day right now, could go up a ton. I’m curious how that number compares to other WP search solutions. Most sites underuse search because it’s slow or doesn’t have great results. This service fixes both, and I could see being a big revenue driver for eCommerce sites especially.

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    • George

      How can it be a big revenue driver for eCommerce sites especially if search results do not show images? The vast majority of e-commerce stores do not want their search results to look different than their categories and an overlay UI is in the opposite direction of that. But no images too? That’s a deal-breaker for most.

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      • Greg Brown

        The vast majority of e-commerce stores do not want their search results to look different than their categories and an overlay UI is in the opposite direction of that. But no images too?

        These are both things we are aware of and have been working on. There is already an initial prototype merged, but we still have more to do before it is ready for production. One thing that may not be clear is that the overlay can also be opened by clicking on links on the site. So for e-commerce we can display a list of categories (in a sidebar or menu) and those links will then immediately open the overlay and apply the filtering. This way we make any discovery task on a site very fast which is why we think it can greatly improve revenue on eCommerce sites.

        Thanks for your patience as we continue to improve the product for different use cases.

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  2. Rod Olman

    It surprizes me that this would be split it into a service since the modus operandi seems to be to just put everything and the kitchen sink in Jetpack, forcing users that want just one feature to enable the massive “plugin” (service) that is Jetpack.

    I guess this is going to be another revenue stream for Automattic – and together with the upselling within the service I think this will make Matt a nice bit of cash.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      It doesn’t surprise me. I imagine Automattic can make more money in the long term with this tiered-pricing approach. Plus, for smaller sites, a lower monthly price is likely more enticing. $5? $10? That’s a cup of coffee or two. It’s cheaper than their Netflix bill. More people will justify that cost over the previous $29/month.

      I do wonder if larger sites will look elsewhere. Jumping to $60, $200, or more each month might put a dent in the pocketbook. At the same time, sites that large tend to have more funds on hand to cover the cost.

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  3. Mav

    Does anyone know how this compares to Algolia? We’ve been using Algolia’s free plan for years on a site with 500+ articles. Their WordPress plugin integration is pretty great with instant search, autocomplete, etc. It’s so good that we still use it even though it’s unsupported for about a year now (https://community.algolia.com/wordpress/).

    If anyone has experience with the two, please share your thoughts. The fact that JP is WordPress native is great, but I don’t know how it could be better than Algolia at search since that’s all they do. I guess the question comes down to: Is JP search good enough to make up for the lack of ongoing support for the Algolia plugin.

    I haven’t played with Algolia’s new PHP client yet, but maybe that’s easy enough to integrate.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      I haven’t used the other plugin, so I can’t compare the two.

      You can check out a live demo of Jetpack Search. I’m unsure how long that demo will be up, but it may give you a better idea of how it works.

      I did want to make a small correction. Jetpack is not WordPress native. It is a third-party plugin made by Automattic. The “under the hood” part of the new search feature basically happens outside of WordPress and communicates with an API on Automattic’s servers.

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    • Greg Brown

      The best place to try it right now is on CSS Tricks. Lots of content, nice integration, and when I asked Chris Coyier yesterday about how the upgrade experience went he said: “yeah there was nothing to it”.

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    • Luke Cavanagh

      Algolia does have a supported plugin.
      https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-search-with-algolia/

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    • Ty Cahill

      I’ve used Algolia outside of WordPress and it’s worked great. One strong advantage I see with Algolia is that search is their entire business–it’s all they do, and they do it well.

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    • Paul

      I have been using Algolia’s free tier on my website for years. I still use their plugin (which Luke mentioned above), but that’s now discontinued and no longer officially supported. (They recommend the PHP client now, but since the plugin still works fine I see no reason to switch.) I found it pretty easy to implement my own search result and autocomplete templates, too.

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  4. Christian B.

    How does this comply to GDPR?

    tl;dr: It does not.

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