Area: Episerver Search & Navigation
Applies to versions: Not applicable

Building a resilient solution

If you implemented Episerver Search & Navigation (formerly Episerver Find) in your solution, this topic suggests way to keep your site working, should the service become available.

Search & Navigation reliability

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

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

Recommendations for coping with downtime

Leave the Search & Navigation-generated page sections blank

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


  • Development effort required

Use FindPagesWithCriteria as back-up


  • Site works even if Search & Navigation has issues


  • Takes longer to implement
  • Site significantly slower
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Last updated: May 08, 2019