How Do I Preview Variations?

Preview Variations

When you want to preview any variation live there are several locations where you can get this link.

  • Visual Editor (except on Convert Split URL experiments)
  • Experience Report Summary 
  • Experience Report
  • Experience Summary

Clicking on any of those icons, a new browser window will open loading the page where the experiment was set up, having some extra query variables inside the URL that look like below:

?convert_action=convert_vpreview&convert_e=XXXXXX&convert_v=XXXXXX   (the XXXXXX part is particular to every experiment/variation so it always changes)

If you run a multi-page experiment and want to make sure the variations display correctly on pages other than the page where the experiment was set up (highly recommended) all you need to do is copy those query variables and append them to any other URL. This will trigger the specific variation to be rendered on that page, allowing the user to spot eventual variation errors in a very easy way. More details are available here.

Problems Previewing Variations

See this article for troubleshooting some common preview issues.

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    Miranda Short

    Is there anything in the works for getting variant ID directly from the editor/settings page? It's super inefficient to get it from the URL, and the redirect is happening so quickly that I have to try a solid 5 times before i get it

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    Alex Kolenoff

    Hi Miranda, yes, we have added this to our roadmap.
    In the meantime, on the report page, on "Full Report", you can right-click on the Preview (looks like an eyeball) and copy the link address (which contains the variation ID).