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Performance Edge vs. Web

This is the documentation for Performance Edge. If you'd like access, please reach out to your Optimizely account manager.

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Where and why

Performance Edge and Web experimentation each offer distinct advantages. Below, we suggest where you might run experiments using Performance Edge, Web, and Full Stack, and why.

Product
Where
Why

Performance Edge

  • Entry pages: Homepage, Landing pages, SEO pages
  • Extremely fast
  • Seamless redirects
  • Limited single page application (SPA) support **
  • Focused on A/B testing

Web

  • Product, Article pages
  • Checkout, Subscription pages
  • Powerful targeting and adaptive recommendations
  • PCI compliance available
  • Already set up to track conversions (shared with Edge experiments)

Full Stack

  • Everywhere
  • Backend and frontend
  • Search algorithm and pricing
  • New cart features
  • SDKs in backend languages
  • Control over core application / site code and functionality
  • Zero latency

** Performance Edge does not support the full suite of triggers and conditions for page activation that are currently available in Web for dynamic websites. Triggers that aren't available in Edge: When a callback is called, When the DOM changes, When a JavaScript condition is true, Manually. Conditions that aren't available in Edge: Element is present, JavaScript condition.

Core functionality

Performance Edge uses a smart, lightweight microsnippet that enables you to deliver client-side web experiments to your site visitors faster.

Feature Category
Feature

Visual Editor
(WYSIWYG)

Insert HTML
Edit HTML
Style changes
Rearrange
Redirects

Code Editor

Custom JavaScript*
Custom CSS

Page Triggers

Immediately

Page Conditions

URL Match

Audience conditions

Cookie
Device
Browser
Query Parameter

Event tracking

Click events
Pageview events
Custom events*

  • Performance Edge uses a different JavaScript API from Web. Instead of using window.optimizely to use the API as you would in Web, you'll need to use window.optimizelyEdge. See the Performance Edge API reference for more.

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Performance Edge vs. Web


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