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Wolseley Product Information Portal

“…a searchable platform to allow staff to find data quickly and easily from thousands of individual items…”

Wolseley are a FTSE100 listed company, specialising in building supplies and logistics, with a market value of over £2bn. After the earlier success of the public site for one of their leading brands (Build Center), we were asked to develop a large Drupal based intranet site.

The site imports data and documents from Wolseley’s existing business systems, and provides a searchable platform to allow staff to find data quickly and easily from thousands of individual items.

We provided users with multiple methods of finding their data. A sliding hierarchical menu that allows users to drill down through categories, an alternate column-based menu performing a similar function, and a text search function.

Given the amount of data that would need to be searched, we recommended using the open-source Solr search engine. This is a true enterprise-level search application, offering the speed and power required to make search simple for users. Our implementation included

  • Synonym based search term matching.
  • Spelling suggestions directly from the search bar, as you type.
  • Alternate spelling suggestions if no results are returned by a search.
  • Filtering of search results by category, allowing users to drill down after an initial search.
  • Indexing of documents in pdf, word, excel formats.

Solr search is the leading enterprise search solution for Drupal based platforms, and we would recommend it for any enterprise application where user search is critical to the succes of a project.