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Build a resilient solution

Keep your site working, should the Optimizely Search & Navigation service become unavailable.

Many solutions depend heavily on functionality like search-based landing pages.

Service reliability

You should count on the reliability specified in your service level agreement (SLA). Nevertheless, as search is a central part of a solution, you should implement a graceful degradation strategy if the Search & Navigation service should become unavailable.



If Optimizely is not hosting Search & Navigation, Optimizely cannot guarantee the connection between an application and the Search & Navigation service.

Recommendations for coping with downtime

Leave the search-generated page sections blank

For example, a page displays a list of most watched products, which is fetched from Optimizely Search & Navigation. If Optimizely Search & Navigation is down, display a blank list.


  • Simple to implement.


  • Site does not display expected information.

Implement query caching


  • Relatively simple to implement.
  • Site still works in many scenarios even if Optimizely Search & Navigation is down.


  • Development effort required.

Use FindPagesWithCriteria as back-up


  • Site works even if Optimizely Search & Navigation has issues.


  • Takes longer to implement.
  • Site significantly slower.