What Is New In Coveo for Sitecore 4
This page explains what are the new features available in Coveo for Sitecore 4. The minor version 4.1 is the currently developed solution with a new version coming out approximately every six weeks.
|Coveo for Sitecore Comparison||v4.1 1||v4.0 1||v3.0|
|Coveo for Sitecore Hive Framework|
|Coveo Usage Analytics|
2.0+ (for Coveo for Sitecore Hive)
1.0+ (for the legacy Coveo for Sitecore components)
|Release cycle||~6 weeks||~3 months||
On request only
Note 1: See Editions & Pricing for all the features.
Usage Analytics and Coveo Machine Learning
If you are familiar with Coveo for Sitecore 3, you know that Usage Analytics were introduced in this version, but you still had to configure it and contact the Professional Services to initialize your organization. With version 4 and Cloud indexing, the Usage Analytics feature is enabled by default right out of the box (see Coveo Usage Analytics). Furthermore, Coveo for Sitecore 4 enables you to leverage the precious analytics and feed them to Coveo™ Machine Learning (Coveo ML), Coveo artificial intelligence powered service that analyzes search behavior patterns to increase the relevancy of the Coveo search results (see Getting Started with Coveo Machine Learning).
Coveo for Sitecore 4 offers the possibility to have your indexes hosted in the Coveo Cloud platform (see Understanding the Architecture of Coveo for Sitecore). Migrating to a cloud-based index brings many advantages:
Less software: you do not need to install Coveo Enterprise Search (CES) nor the Coveo Search API. Now, there is no need to deal with the Admin Service and RabbitMQ anymore.
Less hardware: you do not need to maintain servers for your index as those servers are provided through your Coveo for the Sitecore solution.
Fewer endpoints: the architecture has been greatly simplified, so there is way less port configuration and firewall openings to make.
Less configuration: no more complicated configuration steps like copying certificates from CES to your CM and CD instances.
Less license management: the license is handled by the Coveo Cloud platform.
Coveo for Sitecore 4 brings some changes to its methods:
- Query pipelines are now configurable by the user right from the Coveo Search Component properties (see Using a Query Pipeline).
- The on-premise architecture was modified (see Understanding the Architecture of Coveo for Sitecore).
- The configuration file location changed and Coveo now promotes patch file as a good development practice (see Introduction to the Coveo Configuration files).
Coveo for Sitecore Hive
The Coveo for Sitecore Hive components allow you to create search pages by adding the components you want directly from the Sitecore Experience Editor (see Coveo for Sitecore Hive UI Framework).
- Lazy loading means only the code of the components you are using is loaded on the page.
- Individual placeholder animations for components ensures that, as soon as the component is loaded, it is ready to be interacted with.
- SVG icons ensure your icons scale no matter the screen size or device.
Upgrading from Coveo for Sitecore 4.0 to 4.1
Upgrading from 4.0 to 4.1 should not be harder than upgrading from one 4.0 release to another. However, you are still encouraged to follow the upgrade steps carefully to ensure the smoothest upgrade possible (see Upgrading from Coveo for Sitecore 4.0 to Coveo for Sitecore 4.1).
Upgrading from Coveo for Sitecore 3.0