Personyze testing mode allows you to save campaigns and QA them on the site before going live with them for all visitors. You can also view your data and Personyze actions from your browser’s console.
Entering Test Mode
By default, Personzye remembers the last 3 IP addresses of users who edited and saved campaigns in the Personyze UI and automatically adds them to test mode.
You can enter test mode by saving any campaign in test mode, using the yellow “Switch to test” button.
If you would like your IP to exit test mode, you can do so by clicking on “leave testing” from the campaign edit page.
You can also enter testing mode at any time by adding this to any URL: ?_S_T=testing
You can exit by adding this to any URL: ?_S_T=production
Test mode in your browser console:
In your browser console, you can view Personyze’s data tracking of your session as a visitor, its campaigns activated, actions executed, etc. under test mode.
You can also enter TEST mode by adding the following variable to the URL of any page on your site:
Or run this in a browser console
When this variable is added, a display will appear in your browser console which allows you to review what Personyze knows about you, and what it’s doing on your page at that moment.
This can be an alternative to using the Personyze Simulator, which provides similar feedback to your live testing session.
Quality Assurance for Campaigns
Before you publish your personalization campaigns to your live audience, you’ll always want to test them to make sure they look, feel, and function as you intend them to. There are three primary ways you can do this, in the Personyze interface:
1. Campaign QA by Generating a Testing Link
Essentially, what this option does is add a testing parameter to your targeting that in order to view the campaign, the visitor must have at some point in their sessions had a certain URL parameter, which is automatically added to the testing link you’re provided with. So, if you send this testing link to a colleague, and they click through it, they will see the campaign live on the site, but no one else on your site will.
2. Campaign QA by Saving to “Testing Mode”
Audiences that are marked for “testing” and not marked for “production” will not match regular visitors, but will match only you when you enter “testing” mode. Personyze campaigns will be visible on your site in testing mode for a visitor who matches the campaign targeting rules and only from a specified IP address, as defined in the account test mode settings (by default it is whoever saved the campaign).
3. Preview Campaign Through the Simulator
You can use the Simulator to see what audience criteria you are matching, which actions are executing, and also to impersonate other users, to see how the campaign will behave if you are, say, in a different location, or have a different account type. All of your visitor data (everything Personyze knows about you) will be visible in the simulator, and able to be overridden.
You can also simply tell Personyze to execute specific actions if you’re just trying to preview them on the page.
Here is an instructional video on using the simulator to QA your campaigns:
Preview Campaign Actions
You can also use the ‘Preview’ option next to each personalization Action that you create, in order to preview only that specific action.
Test mode sessions are excluded from your campaign performance statistics.