Define your web estate

Before you can use Silktide, you need to tell it what websites you have, and how you would like these websites to be divided up.

Even if you only have one website you should consider dividing it into parts. Commonly you might divide pages by their language, or by their department.

There are several reasons for this:

  • People can be assigned responsibility for their parts of their websites. This makes results more relevant and actionable for them.
  • Sections can be broken up by language, so you can then assign responsibility to people who speak that language.
  • Sections can be assigned different search engine marketing campaigns. This allows marketers to focus on their area and not be confused by other campaigns.
  • Large websites are hard to understand, and potential intimidating, e.g. it would be hard to work through 10,000 spelling errors over 45,000 webpages.

How to define your web estate

Silktide will need to know all of the websites that you want to test, or the parts of the websites you want to test.

At its simplest, this might be a list of domains and hostnames, like this:

example.com
app.example.com
another-example.com
… etc …

To divide your websites up into sections, we need to know more specific web addresses. For example:

example.com/english
example.com/spanish
example.com/japanese

or

example.com/news
example.com/products
example.com/support

In all of these cases, what you’re telling Silktide to do is look for webpages with a web address that starts with what you specified. So for example, if you asked us to look at:

example.com/news

Then Silktide would consider pages like these to be ‘inside’ this section:

example.com/news
example.com/news/an-article
example.com/news/another-article
example.com/news/archive/2009/this-is-another-example

But Silktide would not consider any of these to belong to this section:

example.com/products
example.com/latest-news
example.com
app.example.com

In some cases, your website may not have website addresses like this which make this easy. You might have addresses like this for instance:

example.com/7239874928364
example.com/index.asp?p=1234&lang=en-gb

In these cases, we will need to work together to identify a way to classify these pages. This may be a manual process, or we may be able to teach Silktide to recognize some part of these pages to automate this for us. You should speak to your Silktide Customer Success Manager to figure this out.

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