How to test location-specific websites

Some websites are only accessible from specific geographic locations. For example, a shopping website may redirect visitors to a website for their specific country, like:

example.com -> us.example.com
example.com -> gb.example.com

By default Silktide tests websites from the United States. If a website is inaccessible from the US, Silktide will be unable to test it.

To get around this, you can ask Silktide to test your website from a different geographic location:

  • View the affected website
  • Click Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • Select a different country under Proxy location

This will run all of Silktide’s traffic via a proxy server. Any requests from Silktide are passed to the proxy server to the website being tested, and back again. The proxy server is located in a different country, so the website thinks it is being accessed from that country.

Note that testing with a proxy server is slower, due to the overhead of passing all data through the proxy.

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