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Testing on Tes: Revisiting simplified resource page

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

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Find out more about the current test on resource pages

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? 

Following the simplified resource page test, we are continuing to test the successful elements of this test, and other tests, in order to build upon current conversion rates as well as onward journeys into search.

We will be testing variations that place the buy or download button, on its own, in the right-hand column as well as testing a variation that flips the order of the preview and description box, as recent user testing has emphasised the importance of the preview when consumers are deciding whether to buy.

We will also be retesting a box, "not the right resource?" under the buy or download button, to try to encourage more onward journeys within Tes Resources.

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 two variations. 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 variations here:

Variation 1 

Variation 2 

When will we know the results? 

This test ran from 21 February to 17 April. During this time, the data did not provide a clear winner so the control version will remain at this time.