GWO on Rails
The Google Website Optimizer tool is a big deal for marketing people, but has a lot of integration work in a website. Even if our website is not complex probably we don't want write rules to build headers and footers scripts depending on routes. And if you want test more than one experiment at time it could be really a mess.
This plugin helps you to configure all your experiments with a yaml on config/gwo_on_rails.yml and let your application as it is. Anyway you have a gwo_on_rails.sample.yml.
Let's take a look at the configuration parameters for the two kind of experiments that GWO allows to make at this moment.
Getting the basic information
For every experiment you need to configure your account code and the experiment key.
account: UA-0000000-0 => must be something like that key: 0000000000 => you can find it in the control script as the k variable (k='0000000000')
You need also decide if your experiment is uri_sensitive or not
uri_sensitive => Compare the configuration urls without / with parameters false => (default) http://wadus.com/wadus/index == http://wadus.com/wadus/index?nocache=4567897987 true => http://wadus.com/wadus/index != http://wadus.com/wadus/index?nocache=4567897987
Configuring an A/B Experiment
You need an original page, variations of that original and the conversion page (goal!). In the yaml you can write it in this way:
original: http://localhost/wadus/index variations: - variation: http://localhost/wadus/index2 - variation: http://localhost/wadus/index3 goal: http://localhost/wadus/prize
You can configure as many variations of the page as you want, but remember that you need to build them :)
Configuring a Multivariate Experiment
You need the original page to test, identify all the sections with alternative content and the conversion page (goal!).
The sections can be selected using css rules or xpath, use the easiest way for you. You must also identify the section with a name.
In the yaml:
original: http://localhost/wadus/index sections: - name: Heading selector: "#wadus h2" - name: Content selector: "#wadus #content" goal: http://localhost/wadus/prize
You can configure as many sections as you want.
- Deeper testing
- Clean the way to include the js
- Find a less agressive way to insert all the content.
Feedback and bugs
Feel free to contact with me through mamuso[at]mamuso.net