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Layout International

About Layout International

Layout international products include a content management system for publishing news easily, a digital asset management solution, a talent management system and job tracking system. Among their users are Times of Oman, Sport360 Dubai and SunStar.

The challenge

We have archiving solutions and editorial systems managing a large amount of data.

We needed a solution that allowed to search this data easy and fast.  Our documents are not simple plain texts, but contain all kind of metadata that needed to be searchable.  Our data comes from many languages, like Arabic, being able to search in any of them was important for us.

Why Manticore?

Manticore Search is easy to use and very robust. Fine tuning the tokenization of text allow us to tweak searching for specific requirements, particularly dealing with texts coming from unsegmented languages and right-to-left writing, which represent a large portion of our data.  Another helpful feature is the JSON support, which we use to encapsulate schemaless data. This way our tools can handle different types of content with little customization. 


We have news websites with over 10 million records and 150  million page views. All the searches are handled by a single server running Manticore Search without any performance issues. 

Jean-Michel Habis, CEO

Layout International


Personal and team training will maximize them performance. 

Custom development

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Free config review

There are often optimizations that can be made to a Sphinx / Manticore setup by changing some simple directives in the configuration or making quick changes to an index definition.

Some common mistakes and issues can include:

  • doing main+delta without kill-lists, even if the delta does include updated records found in the main
  • using wildcarding with very short prefix/infix which can hammer performance in some cases
  • disabled (unintentional) seamless rotates and getting stalls on index rotations
  • adding texts as string attributes even if they are not using for any kind of operation (filtering, grouping, sorting) or mandatory to be present in results
  • using deprecated settings 

Having a quick look on the configuration can show issues or potential issues, this is why we want to offer a gift to our growing community!

When uploading your configuration file, we recommend to remove any database credentials first.

We suggest also you give as many possible details about your setup: how big is the data you have, how typical queries look and what issues you experience.

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