Testing on Tes: Navigation changes on search

Find out more about the current test on the search page, as part of a wider group of tests to improve the Tes Resources site for our users

Tes Author Team

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Find out more about the current test on the layout of search 

Here at Tes Resources, we are always striving to make the site as effective and efficient as it can be for our users, so that they can quickly find the resources they need to teach great lessons. It's exciting to think about future changes to the site but in order to explore what is the best next step, we have to test a few variants and let the data tell us which is the most successful.  We would only ever implement a permanent change if we find a new way of doing something that is significantly better than the original. 

We know that change makes most people uneasy, so we're keen to share what we are working on and let you know when we have winning variants that will be changed permanently.

What does this test focus on? 

To encourage more of our users to use search on Tes Resources and navigate their way around the Tes site while maintaining, and hopefully building upon, current conversion rates, we wanted this test to explore additional navigation.  

We will be testing adding the left-hand site-wide navigation to the search pages in order to see the increase of site-wide engagement it generates compared to any impact on the search results pages. The filters, which captures the majority of information that authors include when uploading a resource, will be moved from the left to the right hand side of the search cards during this test.

What does it mean in practice? 

As well as keeping a control version, which will work as search does at the moment, we are testing one variation. You are likely to only see one of these when you are looking at the site. We keep a very close eye on the tests as they run to make sure that nothing dramatic is happening. Currently, tests only happen on desktop. 

You can have a look at the variation here:

Variation 1

When will we know the results? 

This test ran from 20 February to 27 March 2019. During this time, the data did not provide a clear winner so the control version will remain at this time.