Creating a custom searchable index for an external data source in Sitecore

Creating custom Search index for external source in Sitecore - Teaser

I am sure that all of you have created a regular item index for Sitecore with Solr or Lucene in the past already. I got to the challenge that I needed to call an external service which is provided by a third-party system provided by the client. My first thought was to directly call the service and show the results of that call – but the response took too long.
So I decided to make a custom index containing the external data and thus having a great response time. Weiterlesen

Sitecore 9 – Azure Search Suggestions


As you already know Sitecore 9 is Microsoft Azure compatible, but when it comes to Azure Search than it has many limitations. One of those limitations is Azure Search highlighting, Azure Search Suggestions and some others…
On one of our projects we had to provide suggestions with the search. After some investigations we decided to build it on our own, instead to wait and see if it will come out with new versions of Sitecore.

The biggest problem was that Sitecore packages for Azure Search do not support building indexes with suggestions. In order to build an Azure Index with Suggester we have made a workaround and extended the Sitecore implementation of IndexDefinitionJsonConverter. (mehr …)