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Best practice in creating structured experiments to improve page designs by varying different elements and comparing against an original.
Multivariate testing enables simultaneous testing pages for all combinations and variations of page elements that are being tested. These enables selection of the most effective combination of design elements to achieve the desired goal.
This contrasts with AB Testing where, in its simplest form A/B testing refers to testing two different versions of a page or a page element such as a heading, image or button. The alternatives are served alternately with the the visitors to the page randomly split between the two pages. Hence it is sometimes called ‘live split testing’.
One of the best compilations comparing MVT tools is WhichMVT.
If you're thinking of using the Google Website optimiser tool, for tips see these articles from GrokDotcom:
You may also find useful Avinash Kaushik's overview of the advantages and disadvantages of website design testing alternatives and other great tips on where to start with improving website design effectiveness.
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