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aheadWorks Advanced Search

The Advanced Search extension replaces native search with Sphinx, a fast and lightweight external search engine.

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aheadWorks is a dynamic market leading provider of Magento extensions, Magento templates and themes, and custom development services with a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class solutions for eCommerce businesses.

We have launched numerous powerful extensions to the world’s fastest growing eCommerce platform Magento which serve to address gaps and exploit every opportunity in the entire eCommerce process. Whether it is user interface or marketing or operations management, you will find an extension that fulfills your needs.

aheadWorks Advanced Search

100 000 inventory items and 10 000 blog posts search is not a problem now!

If you run a really large Magento store, you definitely know how difficult it is for your customers to find something they require very fast. Magento Advanced Search is a perfect solution for search through Magento-based stores. This extension uses an external search engine Sphinx. If you have 10000 products in your store, Advanced Search will help your customers to find those which are required. If you have 1000 posts in your blog, it's not a problem for Advanced Search as well.

How it works

Magento Advanced Search uses Sphinx. Sphinx is an open source full text search server. This powerful search engine is used by different popular websites, such as,,,, etc.

Easy setup

Just install Sphinx on your server, configure Advanced Search and enjoy. You won’t have to deal with complicated Sphinx configuration - Advanced Search will do everything for you.

Please note that installation service does not cover cronjob setup and/or Sphinx installation. You may need to contact your system administrator or hosting provider regarding the matter.

Easy search settings

Magento Advanced Search extension configures Sphinx for you in accordance with your settings.

Sphinx supports many different API's, PHP, Python, Java, etc. So you can easily integrate an external application to perform search over Sphinx indexes.

With Sphinx installed on dedicated server, your search becomes even faster.

Sphinx has several different ways of matching the given search keywords, which can be set in the Match Mode field. It is possible to define whether the search results will match all query words, any of the query words, a phrase with perfect match, etc.

With the help of the module, you can enhance your store search functionality with one of the following options:

  • Wildcard Search - lets your visitors find the required product by part of the word, e.g. they can find “sony” by “son”.
  • Morphology processing - corrects all misspelled words according to Sphinx morphology dictionary.

How Advanced Search differs from Search Autocomplete & Suggest

Search Autocomplete & Suggest is a wise interface solution which is based on the native Magento search functionality. This extension doesn't replace or optimize search but displays the results in an attractive and convinient way.

Advanced Search replaces standard Magento search and brings a power of external search engine to your store.

Both these extensions can easily work together - when installed on the same website, Search Autocomplete & Suggest can use Magento Advanced Search as its search engine.

Now with Layered Navigation by aheadWorks integration.

Versions History

Version : 1.4.10

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Version : 1.4.9

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Version : 1.4.8

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Version : 1.4.7

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Version : 1.4.6

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