URL redirection (split URL experiments)

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Written by Julie Trenque

Updated on 22/09/2020

2 min

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Unlike a classical A/B experiment, an A/B experiment with URL redirection implies that the different versions of the tested page are developed and hosted on your web server. The versions are made available to visitors directly via your website.

Let’s take the following example: you have two subscription pages you would like to test. Here are their URLs:

http://mywebsite.com/SubscriptionA.html
http://mywebsite.com/SubscriptionB.html

These two pages are accessible via your website. With Kameleoon, you can A/B test these two pages and analyze their performances and results.

Simple URL redirection

Launch the editor on your website, like for a traditional A/B experiment. Create one variation by page to test. Click on one of your variations to open the variation action menu. Then click on the “Redirect to a URL” button. A pop-in will open. Here, you will be able to configure your URL redirection for the selected variation. There are two kinds of redirection: “Global redirection” and “Redirection by parameter”.

Global redirection

Global redirection is a simple URL redirection, without further parameters.

In the example above, to create the two versions of the subscription page, we should use this redirection.

You need to type a complete URL (and not just a fragment of the URL). For example, you can indicate a global redirection from:

http://www.website/page1

to:

http://www.website/page2

Redirection by parameter

If you want to use the same URL but with extra parameters, use the “Redirection by parameter” option.

Indicate the parameters to add at the end of the URL. This can be useful if you want to change the default sorting of results, on a product page for instance.

Repeat this operation for every variation you want to test, indicating for each one which URL visitors have to be redirected to, instead of the original.

Warning: In the case of a split URL A/B experiment, it’s important to correctly target your experiment. Note that we highly recommend not using the “Presence of an element on the page” targeting option because it would significantly increase the flickering effect. Kameleoon would have to wait until the page loaded to check the presence or absence of the targeted element and then redirect visitors to one variation or another. For this kind of experiment, we recommend using the other targeting options (URL or advanced JavaScript condition). Likewise, if JavaScript code is used for complex redirection, we recommend keeping the box “Load this JavaScript code after page has finished loading (at DOMReady)” unchecked. Also, it’s not necessary to indicate in the targeting that both pages (A and B) are concerned: page A is sufficient.

URL redirection on several pages

When a split URL A/B experiment runs on several pages (for example, every product information page), you need more features than those available in the Redirection windows shown above. It’s often necessary to manage the redirection with a personalized JavaScript code.

Say, for instance, we wish to redirect every visitor accessing the following pages:

http://mywebsite.com/product/sheet/technology,product,id.aspx

to these pages:

http://mywebsite.com/product_AB/sheet/technology,product,id.aspx

The technology, product and ID parameters change according to the product information page displayed. To run this test, it’s mandatory to write JavaScript code to ensure that every possible case is taken into account. Here is an example:

var url = window.location.href;
var redirect_url = url.replace("/product/", "/product_AB/");
Kameleoon.API.Core.processRedirect(redirect_url);

Once the JavaScript code is written, you will have to carefully define the target. If you want to target via a URL, you need to restrict the test to URLs containing the following fragment:

http://mywebsite.com/product/sheet/

Note: Running a split URL A/B experiment on several pages implies that elements of identification are not managed as parameters but straight in the URL. The page type will not be categorie.php?product= but /categorie/produit.html.

Don’t hesitate to consult our developer documentation on URL redirection

URL redirection and consent policy

When Kameleoon undertakes a redirection, data has to be stored on the visitor browser so that the visitor can be correctly identified when they land on URL B.

However, as no storage of data is allowed before consent has been provided, Kameleoon will not be able to store the variation ID and perform the tracking.

To overcome this problem, you can enable the redirect test only for visitors who have already provided consent. To do so, you can use this targeting JS condition:

return Kameleoon.API.Visitor.experimentLegalConsent || false;

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