that Sphinx is better than other searches as it uses reStructuredText (RST
) for markup. Sphinx comes up with handy editable tables, toctrees
to build a hierarchy of data, dynamic linking for cross-referencing and extensive support to set up the software.
Sphinx is also known for its faceted search
capabilities. Youku Tudou, China's biggest video site, applies Sphinx for the faceted search to serve + 400 million users per month, with peak volumes of 15,000 queries per second. With the help of Sphinx, Craigslist processes + 300 million queries a day.
Sphinx is the best option for websites using lots of documentation. It's quite fast and powerful for indexing and querying huge volumes of documents using limited computing resources, unlike ElasticSearch which consumes a lot of memory.
However, Sphinx technology lacks data visualization and analytics tools. This inconvenience is easily rectified by apps.
Searchanise, a Sphinx-based application for CS-Cart
, and Shopify
eCommerce stores, uses the Sphinx technology as the basis. The full-text capability provides high indexation speed and a great amount of simultaneously processed queries. At this, it comes with all the visualization, analytics and other features that makes dealing with it very user-friendly and easy to perceive.