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Feature Flags with Optimizely

Learn how to use optimizely to conduct experiments in edge-functions.

Framework Next.js
Use Case Edge Functions
CSS Tailwind
Publisher ▲ Vercel

Feature Flags with Optimizely

This example shows how to use Optimizely to conduct experiments in Vercel Edge Functions.

Demo

https://feature-flag-optimizely.vercel.app

One-Click Deploy

Note: Before clicking Deploy, follow the section Set up Optimizely to create an account, set up feature flags and obtain the Optimizely SDK Key.

Clone and Deploy

Execute create-next-app with NPM or Yarn to bootstrap the example.

Note: Before running locally, follow the section Set up Optimizely to create an account, set up feature flags and obtain the Optimizely SDK Key.

Generate the Next JS app using this example

npx create-next-app --example https://github.com/vercel/examples/tree/main/edge-functions/feature-flag-optimizely feature-flag-optimizely
# or
yarn create-next-app --example https://github.com/vercel/examples/tree/main/edge-functions/feature-flag-optimizely feature-flag-optimizely

Create a local environment file from example and add your Optimizely SDK Key.

cp .env.example .env.local

Run Next.js in development mode:

npm install
npm run dev

# or

yarn
yarn dev

Deploy it to the cloud with Vercel (Documentation).

Optimizely Full Stack Feature Flags and Experimentation

Optimizely Full Stack is a feature flagging and experimentation platform for websites, mobile apps, chatbots, APIs, smart devices, and anything else with a network connection.

You can deploy code behind feature flags, experiment with A/B tests, and roll out or roll back features immediately. All of this functionality is available with minimal performance impact through easy-to-use, open source SDKs.

You can use Optimizely feature flags at the edge with NextJS applications deployed on Vercel. This example uses Optimizely Javascript SDK inside a Vercel Edge Function as a starting point for you to implement experimentation and feature flagging for your experiences at the edge. For a guide to getting started with our platform more generally, this can be combined with the steps outlined in our Javascript Quickstart.

Identity Management

Out of the box, Optimizely's Full Stack SDKs require a user-provided identifier to be passed in at runtime to drive experiment and feature flag decisions. This example generates a unique id, stores it in a cookie and reuses it to make the decisions sticky. Another common approach would be to use an existing unique identifier available within your application.

Bucketing

For more information on how Optimizely Full Stack SDKs assign users to feature flags and experiments, see the documentation on how bucketing works.

Auto update with Optimizely Webhooks

This example fetches the latest datafile from the Optimizely CDN during every build. Deploy Hooks from Vercel can be used with Optimizely Webhooks to keep the application up to date with the latest changes in the Optimizely project.

Create a Deploy Hook in Vercel

  1. Navigate to Settings tab in your Vercel deployment.
  2. Look for the Deploy Hooks section and create a Hook.
  3. Generate a URL that can be used to trigger a rebuild of the deployment.

Create a Webhook in Optimizely

  1. Follow the instructions here to create a Webhook in your Optimizely project.
  2. Use the Deploy Hook URL Generated from the previous section to create the Optimizely Webhook.

How it works

When a user makes a change to the Optimizely Project using the UI, the Webhook hits Vercel's Deploy Hook URL to trigger a new build on Vercel. Every new build fetches the latest version of the Optimizely datafile and uses it in the application.

Set up Optimizely

Get a free account

You need an account to follow this example. If you do not have an account, you can register for a free account. If you already have an account navigate to your Flags-enabled project.

Get your SDK Key

  1. Go to Settings > Primary Environment
  2. Copy and save the SDK Key for your primary environment. Note: Each environment has its own SDK key.

Create the feature flag

A feature flag lets you control the users that are exposed to a new feature code in your app. For this example, imagine that you are rolling out a redesigned sorting feature for displaying products.

Create a flag in Optimizely named product_sort and give it a variable named sort_method:

  1. Go to Flags > Create Flag.
  2. Name the flag key product_sort and click Create Flag, which corresponds to the flag key in this example.
  3. Go to Default Variables and click New (+).
  4. Set the variable type to "String".
  5. Name the variable sort_method, which corresponds to the variable key in this example.
  6. Set the variable default value to alphabetical, which represents your old sorting method.
  7. Click Save at the lower right corner to save the variable.
  8. Go to Variations and click the default "on" variation. A variation is a wrapper for a collection of variable values.
  9. Set the sort_method variable value to popular_first, which represents your new sorting method.
  10. Click Save.

Create the flag delivery rule

Make a targeted delivery rule for the "on" variation for the product_sort flag. A targeted delivery lets you gradually release a feature flag to users, with the flexibility to roll it back if you encounter bugs.

  1. Verify that you are in your primary environment (since you are using the primary environment SDK key):

  2. Click Add Rule and select Targeted Delivery.

  3. Set the traffic slider to 50%. This delivers the flag to 50% of everyone who triggers the flag in this environment. You can roll out or roll back the product_sort flag to a percentage of traffic whenever you want.

  4. select On from the Deliver dropdown, .

  5. Click Save.

  6. Enable the flag for your flag rule:

Feature Flags with Optimizely

Learn how to use optimizely to conduct experiments in edge-functions.

Framework Next.js
Use Case Edge Functions
CSS Tailwind
Publisher ▲ Vercel

Feature Flags with Optimizely

This example shows how to use Optimizely to conduct experiments in Vercel Edge Functions.

Demo

https://feature-flag-optimizely.vercel.app

One-Click Deploy

Note: Before clicking Deploy, follow the section Set up Optimizely to create an account, set up feature flags and obtain the Optimizely SDK Key.

Clone and Deploy

Execute create-next-app with NPM or Yarn to bootstrap the example.

Note: Before running locally, follow the section Set up Optimizely to create an account, set up feature flags and obtain the Optimizely SDK Key.

Generate the Next JS app using this example

npx create-next-app --example https://github.com/vercel/examples/tree/main/edge-functions/feature-flag-optimizely feature-flag-optimizely
# or
yarn create-next-app --example https://github.com/vercel/examples/tree/main/edge-functions/feature-flag-optimizely feature-flag-optimizely

Create a local environment file from example and add your Optimizely SDK Key.

cp .env.example .env.local

Run Next.js in development mode:

npm install
npm run dev

# or

yarn
yarn dev

Deploy it to the cloud with Vercel (Documentation).

Optimizely Full Stack Feature Flags and Experimentation

Optimizely Full Stack is a feature flagging and experimentation platform for websites, mobile apps, chatbots, APIs, smart devices, and anything else with a network connection.

You can deploy code behind feature flags, experiment with A/B tests, and roll out or roll back features immediately. All of this functionality is available with minimal performance impact through easy-to-use, open source SDKs.

You can use Optimizely feature flags at the edge with NextJS applications deployed on Vercel. This example uses Optimizely Javascript SDK inside a Vercel Edge Function as a starting point for you to implement experimentation and feature flagging for your experiences at the edge. For a guide to getting started with our platform more generally, this can be combined with the steps outlined in our Javascript Quickstart.

Identity Management

Out of the box, Optimizely's Full Stack SDKs require a user-provided identifier to be passed in at runtime to drive experiment and feature flag decisions. This example generates a unique id, stores it in a cookie and reuses it to make the decisions sticky. Another common approach would be to use an existing unique identifier available within your application.

Bucketing

For more information on how Optimizely Full Stack SDKs assign users to feature flags and experiments, see the documentation on how bucketing works.

Auto update with Optimizely Webhooks

This example fetches the latest datafile from the Optimizely CDN during every build. Deploy Hooks from Vercel can be used with Optimizely Webhooks to keep the application up to date with the latest changes in the Optimizely project.

Create a Deploy Hook in Vercel

  1. Navigate to Settings tab in your Vercel deployment.
  2. Look for the Deploy Hooks section and create a Hook.
  3. Generate a URL that can be used to trigger a rebuild of the deployment.

Create a Webhook in Optimizely

  1. Follow the instructions here to create a Webhook in your Optimizely project.
  2. Use the Deploy Hook URL Generated from the previous section to create the Optimizely Webhook.

How it works

When a user makes a change to the Optimizely Project using the UI, the Webhook hits Vercel's Deploy Hook URL to trigger a new build on Vercel. Every new build fetches the latest version of the Optimizely datafile and uses it in the application.

Set up Optimizely

Get a free account

You need an account to follow this example. If you do not have an account, you can register for a free account. If you already have an account navigate to your Flags-enabled project.

Get your SDK Key

  1. Go to Settings > Primary Environment
  2. Copy and save the SDK Key for your primary environment. Note: Each environment has its own SDK key.

Create the feature flag

A feature flag lets you control the users that are exposed to a new feature code in your app. For this example, imagine that you are rolling out a redesigned sorting feature for displaying products.

Create a flag in Optimizely named product_sort and give it a variable named sort_method:

  1. Go to Flags > Create Flag.
  2. Name the flag key product_sort and click Create Flag, which corresponds to the flag key in this example.
  3. Go to Default Variables and click New (+).
  4. Set the variable type to "String".
  5. Name the variable sort_method, which corresponds to the variable key in this example.
  6. Set the variable default value to alphabetical, which represents your old sorting method.
  7. Click Save at the lower right corner to save the variable.
  8. Go to Variations and click the default "on" variation. A variation is a wrapper for a collection of variable values.
  9. Set the sort_method variable value to popular_first, which represents your new sorting method.
  10. Click Save.

Create the flag delivery rule

Make a targeted delivery rule for the "on" variation for the product_sort flag. A targeted delivery lets you gradually release a feature flag to users, with the flexibility to roll it back if you encounter bugs.

  1. Verify that you are in your primary environment (since you are using the primary environment SDK key):

  2. Click Add Rule and select Targeted Delivery.

  3. Set the traffic slider to 50%. This delivers the flag to 50% of everyone who triggers the flag in this environment. You can roll out or roll back the product_sort flag to a percentage of traffic whenever you want.

  4. select On from the Deliver dropdown, .

  5. Click Save.

  6. Enable the flag for your flag rule:

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