Roanoke College’s Journey with Elastic
SEARCH NOT SUFFICIENT FOR NEW WEBSITE
While Roanoke College is a small institution, its large website serves a wide range of audiences — including prospective and current students, faculty, and alumni — and search is often the fastest way for them to find what they’re looking for. After a site redesign resulted in a large website of nearly 7,000 indexed pages, Roanoke found that its initial search solution wasn’t returning the desired results. Roanoke had been using Google’s Custom Search Engine, but the tool wasn’t flexible enough for their site and it wasn’t producing the results they expected.
Roanoke needed a search solution that could handle its large, complex site the they created post-redesign after a major redesign. According to Michael Santoroski, Director of Web and Software Development at Roanoke College, two capabilities were especially critical for them — ranked search results and type-ahead features. With a limited IT team, Roanoke also needed a solution that would be easy to implement.