Testing on websites with geo-IP detection

Status: Done
by michaelburk ‎04-16-2014 April 16, 2014

I'd like to be able to run an A/B test on a website that uses IP detection for localization support. The Optimizely servers cannot load the international versions of a website if the site uses IP detection. One potential solution would be enabling the Optimizely servers to spoof the server IP location so that it can load international page content.

Status: Done

As Chrix mentioned, this type of feature falls outside the scope of our product.


Marking Status as Done to conclude the discussion.

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‎04-28-2014 April 28, 2014
Status changed to: New
Community Manager
by Optimizely
‎07-29-2014 July 29, 2014 - edited ‎07-29-2014 July 29, 2014
Status changed to: Maybe One Day

Thanks for the idea!


Optimizely already supports spoofing a different geo-location to trigger geo-targeted experiments using Preview; unfortunately spoofing an IP address to request a geo-limited version of the underlying site is not on our roadmap. I recommend you investigate using a proxy tool to test your international version such as http://www.ukproxyserver.com/ or similar.



by Optimizely
‎03-02-2016 March 2, 2016
Status changed to: Done

As Chrix mentioned, this type of feature falls outside the scope of our product.


Marking Status as Done to conclude the discussion.

by tzions
‎12-19-2016 December 19, 2016

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