Patheos.com Search Experience Dramatically Improved Utilizing Avalon Consulting, LLC’s Unified Search Platform™

Sophisticated User Interface Delivers Immediate 30% Lift in Time on Site After Search

Plano, Texas – June 17, 2013 –Avalon Consulting, LLC, a leading implementer of Big Data, Web Presence, Content Publishing, and Enterprise Search solutions, today announced the significant enhancement of the Patheos.com site search through Avalon’s Unified Search Platform (USP) running on Apache Solr.  In a makeover of the site’s existing search interface, Avalon’s enterprise search experts added a sophisticated faceted search capability and greatly enhanced search usability for the hundreds of thousands of unique visitors seeking to explore and experience the world’s beliefs on Patheos.com daily. The implementation allowed Patheos.com to deliver a far more effective end-user  search experience in an effort that required less risk and less cost to the company than alternative approaches.

Patheos.com is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world’s beliefs. Patheos.com is the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information about religion. The site brings together faith communities, academics, and the broader public into a single environment, and is the place where many people turn on a regular basis for insight, inspiration, and stimulating discussion.

“Patheos.com offers a place where thousands of people follow their favorite spiritual writer or blogger and stay on top of religious and spiritual conversations happening around the world. With millions of pages of content available, it’s essential that their readers be enabled to quickly and easily find content they consider meaningful,” said Casey Green, EVP Business Development at Avalon Consulting, LLC.   “Well within their budget, Avalon improved the Patheos.com search experience significantly; the immediate 30% increase in ‘time on site after search’ following the implementation is a testament to the business impact this has had already for Patheos.com and its readers.”

Key to the migration to USP on Apache Solr was an aesthetic makeover of the search user interface and a more faceted approach to indexing and categorizing topics. A key feature of USP is its ability to provide a substantial starting point for a sophisticated UI while supporting integration with virtually all major search engines on the backend.  This allowed Patheos.com to reduce its implementation costs and isolate the  search engine selection process from the UI delivery without impacting project schedule or implementation design. Project highlights included:

  • Preserved the existing search engine: Avalon’s USP was integrated with Patheos.com’s existing Apache Solr implementation and included an integration via Grails.
  • User interface redesign:  USP provided a sophisticated search interface including faceted search while also allowing  the search UI to conform to the overall Patheos.com site design.

“Avalon’s superiority in implementing meaningful Enterprise Search solutions for large site properties was something I observed regularly in my role as VP of Product Management for Vignette Corporation,” said Leo Brunnick, CEO of Patheos.com.  “I was thrilled to be able to utilize their expertise and leverage Avalon’s USP to provide our readers with a vastly improved means by which our rich content can be discovered.”

Avalon’s Unified Search Platform simplifies the presentation of search results spanning multiple data sources with a flexible user interface. USP is currently behind production installations for Enterprise-scale implementations against Autonomy IDOL, Solr, Google Search Appliance, MarkLogic and Ultraseek. Enterprises seeking a proven and portable user interface that can transcend their search engine selection will benefit from USP, achieving a lower cost, lower risk, and highly flexible solution maximizing the end user experience.

About Avalon Consulting, LLC

Avalon Consulting, LLC implements Big Data, Web Presence, Content Publishing, and Enterprise Search solutions. We are the trusted partner to over one hundred clients, primarily Global 2000 companies, public agencies, and institutions of higher learning. Avalon is known for providing clients a superior engagement experience through a combination of business acumen, intellectual curiosity, collaborative work style, and strong partnerships with award-winning vendors. Avalon’s deep technical expertise mitigates project risk and reduces total cost of ownership for our clients. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Avalon also maintains offices in Austin, Texas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.avalonconsult.com.

About Patheos.com

Patheos.com is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world’s beliefs. Patheos.com is the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information about religion. The site brings together faith communities, academics, and the broader public into a single environment, and is the place where many people turn on a regular basis for insight, inspiration, and stimulating discussion.  To view the Patheos.com search, visit http://www.patheos.com/search/jsp/templates/primaryJSP/fullview.jsp

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  1. Karen Nielsen says:

    Very cool! Congratulations to all of you, especially Niels and Joe.

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