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This document provides a technical overview of the architecture and key features of the Frosmo platform.

Frosmo platform at a glance

The Frosmo platform is a web UI development solution for improving website functionality and personalizing online user experience. For an introduction to the platform, see Introduction to the Frosmo Platform.

The following figure introduces the basic architecture and information flows of the Frosmo platform.

Figure: Frosmo platform architecture and information flows at a glance

In a nutshell:

  • The Frosmo JavaScript library handles the modifications to the website, manages segmentation, collects usage data, and fetches content to display from the back end.
  • The Frosmo back end stores the usage data collected by the Frosmo JavaScript library and processes the data for reporting and analysis purposes. The back end also stores data related to modifications, segments, and other configurable resources.
  • The Frosmo Control Panel manages the Frosmo JavaScript library (and thereby how the website is modified and improved) and pools analytics data from the Frosmo back end.

The Frosmo platform is hosted on servers in Central Europe. However, Frosmo can also set up dedicated instances in specific market areas.

Frosmo platform architecture

The following figure shows the main components and subcomponents of the Frosmo platform architecture and the information flows between them.

Figure: Frosmo platform architecture and information flows in detail

Frosmo JavaScript library

The Frosmo JavaScript library is the Frosmo presence in the front end. The library runs on top of a customer website in the visitor's browser. The library provides both the framework for the Frosmo platform to operate on the site and Frosmo's custom solutions for improving the site. The library is platform-independent and can be used together with existing web application frameworks, such as Angular and React.

The Frosmo JavaScript library consists of two script files:

  • The Frosmo Core library implements the core functionality and services of the Frosmo JavaScript solution. The library manages modifications and segmentation, collects usage data, and fetches modification content from the back end. The library is the same for all customers.
  • The Frosmo custom script contains the configurations and custom code specific to a single site. These are used to modify the content and functionality of the site. The custom script runs on top of the Frosmo Core library and is unique to each site (or group of sites managed as a single site). Changes made to a site in the Control Panel are automatically reflected in the custom script for that site.

The Frosmo JavaScript library is loaded in the browser through two <script> elements in a web page's HTML source code, one for the Frosmo Core library and the other for the Frosmo custom script. Apart from adding these two elements, no other changes to the web page are required to use the Frosmo platform. For more information, see Adding the Frosmo scripts to your site.

The Frosmo JavaScript library is optimized for fast loading. The Frosmo Core library is only 50 KB in size, while the Frosmo custom script usually ranges between 16-32 KB.

The Frosmo JavaScript library is often referred to simply as the Frosmo scripts.

Script hosting and delivery

The Frosmo platform uses content delivery networks (CDNs) to deliver the Frosmo JavaScript library and any Frosmo-specific media files used on websites. A CDN is a network of global servers connected to each other and used to store and deliver web content, such as images, videos, stylesheets, and JavaScript files. When a visitor browses a site, the content of the site is delivered by the CDN server geographically closest to the visitor, decreasing page load time.

By default, the Frosmo JavaScript library files are delivered through Amazon CloudFront, which serves the files using the CloudFront servers closest to the website visitor. Frosmo can also use other CDNs based on customer requirements.

The Frosmo platform uploads the custom script and associated media files (ones added directly to modifications) to the CDN every time they need to be updated, that is, every time something on your site is changed using the Control Panel. The assets are always exported to CloudFront and, when needed, copied from CloudFront to other CDNs.

Frosmo data layer

Customers can use the Frosmo data layer to implement basic data tracking by themselves, rather than have Frosmo do it in the custom script.

The data layer allows you to pass information from a web page to the Frosmo JavaScript library. The library then sends the information to the Frosmo back end. The library can also use the information directly in the browser to, for example, display content or manage segmentation. The exact behavior depends on how the Frosmo platform has been configured for your site.

You can pass information about the following events and items through the data layer:

  • Conversions
  • Custom actions
  • Products
  • Transactions

For more information about the data layer, see Frosmo data layer.

Frosmo Control Panel

The Control Panel is the main Frosmo application for customizing and monitoring websites. In a nutshell, the Control Panel allows you to:

  • Configure how the Frosmo platform modifies content and segments visitors for a site.
  • Monitor how well the modifications and segmentation perform on the site.

The Control Panel is responsible for managing the Frosmo JavaScript library.

The Control Panel uses the Graniitti API to access the Frosmo back end, and to deploy the Frosmo custom script to the CDN.

For more information about the Control Panel, see Introduction to the Frosmo Platform and User Guides.

Graniitti API

The Graniitti API provides access to the data in the Frosmo back end. The API allows client applications to, for example, retrieve and create modification configurations, and retrieve usage data collected by the Frosmo JavaScript library.

The Graniitti API is currently only used by the Control Panel. However, in the future, the API will be made public. Customers can then use the API to, for example:

  • Provide data to custom dashboards and management UIs.
  • Provide an outside access point to usage data that is collected and stored by the Frosmo platform.

Message API

The Message API retrieves content to be displayed to visitors from the Frosmo back end. The Message API uses segmentation data and previous usage data to dynamically select suitable content for the visitor.

The Message API also tracks what content is shown to whom and how many times.

Optimizer API

The Optimizer API takes the data collected by the Frosmo JavaScript library and stores it in the Frosmo back end. The data is stored using a dedicated process, which ensures that no data is lost even if the website or the messaging component of the Frosmo JavaScript library becomes unavailable.

To secure the data during transit between the website and the Frosmo back end, the Frosmo JavaScript library communicates with the Optimizer API over an HTTPS connection.

Custom APIs

A custom API is a customer-specific API created for a specific purpose that cannot be realized using the other APIs or the Frosmo JavaScript library. Frosmo creates custom APIs as needed.

Custom APIs are typically used to:

  • Return specialized data to the browser, such as data stored in a customer's back-end system or data read from a feed.
  • Send data to another service, such as email addresses to a mailing list for marketing automation purposes.


In the Frosmo platform, a modification is a managed piece of code that changes the content, appearance, or behavior of a web page directly in the visitor's browser. The code can consist of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, in any combination. The purpose of a modification is to improve the user experience or usability of a website in some specific way. For example, modifications can be used to improve the sales funnel of an eCommerce site, leading to an increased conversion rate.

The Frosmo platform can use the data stored in the browser's local storage and cookies, such as segmentation data, to determine which modifications to show to the visitor. Modifications can also use data stored in the Frosmo back end.

Here are some examples of common modifications:

  • Add new content, such as personalized product recommendations or content generated from data feeds.
  • Modify existing content, such as images or links.
  • Remove unnecessary content, such as distracting elements, site navigation elements in shopping carts, or surplus elements in mobile-optimized layouts.
  • Modify the layout and styling of a web page.
  • Add custom JavaScript code that interacts with custom APIs.

Modifications are grouped into the following types:

  • Automatic modifications generate content automatically from a data feed or an API, or from existing content managed elsewhere on the website. The generated content is first stored in the Frosmo back end and then retrieved from there for display.
  • Basic modifications are used for content that is retrieved from the Frosmo back end and displayed only after the browser has rendered the web page.
  • Cached modifications are used for static content that must be inserted into the web page code before the page is rendered in the browser. (Like with all modifications, the content is maintained in the Frosmo back end, but unlike with the other modification types, the content is inserted in full in the Frosmo custom script for quick access.)
  • Recommendations generate content based on the visitor's previous behavior on the website.

Frosmo platform administrators manage modifications in the Control Panel.

In terms of graphics and other media, Frosmo prefers to use the existing content on the site or content procured by the customer through their own CMS system. Customers deliver the content to Frosmo by providing us with access to their content management system (CMS). The Frosmo team then adds the content to the site using the Control Panel.

Data gathering

The Frosmo JavaScript library collects usage data in the visitor's browser and sends the data to the Frosmo back end over an HTTPS connection. The library sends the data in the background so as not to interfere with the visitor's user experience.

The data can be categorized into:

  • Product data
  • Segmentation data
  • Visitor data

The Frosmo JavaScript library also stores selected data locally in the browser.

The data is mainly used for content targeting.

For more information about what specific data the Frosmo platform collects, see Data gathering and handling.

Integration with external systems and services

The Frosmo platform can integrate with customers' back-end systems and other online services, such as analytics, marketing automation, and content management systems.

Integrations are typically used for synchronizing segmentation data between the Frosmo platform and a customer's back-end system, or for using the collected usage data outside the customer website. Integrations also allow the Frosmo platform to input data about displayed or clicked content directly into a web analytics tool, such as Google Analytics.

You can integrate the Frosmo platform with, for example:

  • Analytics tools: By default, the changes made on a site using Frosmo are not included in web analytics tracking. It is therefore important to integrate Frosmo to the analytics tools you use so that you have a clear understanding of what is happening on your site.
  • Marketing automation solutions: The Frosmo platform can help you to make the most of it by effectively gathering data you can then use to target your marketing efforts to the appropriate audience. You can set up integrations with, for example, ad platforms and email services.
  • Data management platform (DMPs): As with many other systems, extracting useful data from DMPs can be laborious and requires the use of multiple APIs. The Frosmo platform can be used as a master API, an interface for all data calls between your DMP and your website.

Here are some examples of common integrations:

  • Add visitor email addresses to specific mailing lists based on segmentation.
  • Use email notifications to provide shopping cart contents for interrupted shopping sessions ("abandoned carts").
  • Retrieve information from and store information to external databases. For example, retrieve user data from a customer's database and use the data to personalize website content, or send segmentation data to a customer's database.
  • Retrieve information from data feeds, such as product data feeds, or back-end systems, such as customer relationship management (CRM) systems. For example, retrieve information about new products or products currently on sale from a data feed, and generate corresponding product recommendations to visitors.

The Frosmo platform can also use segmentation data to identify target audiences for online advertising campaigns. The platform can integrate with the following ad servers:

  • Adform
  • Adtech
  • DoubleClick
  • Emediate
  • Google AdWords
  • KliKKi

Frosmo platform security

The Frosmo platform can limit customer access to the Control Panel by IP address. This restricts access to the customer's dedicated Control Panel to Frosmo premises and to the IP addresses specified by the customer.

The Frosmo platform can force all content that is provided through the Frosmo JavaScript library to the customer website to load resources only from specified domains. When this feature is enabled, the Frosmo platform validates all modification content before it is saved to the Frosmo back end. If the content contains elements that could be used to load or inject resources from non-authorized domains, the content is rejected.

For more information, see Security overview.


Supported browsers

The following tables list the officially supported browsers for the Frosmo JavaScript library and the Control Panel. Both may work on other browsers and browser versions as well, but Frosmo does not officially support these.

Table: Browsers officially supported by the Frosmo JavaScript library

FirefoxLatest version
Google ChromeLatest version
Internet Explorer (IE)9 or newer
Microsoft EdgeLatest version
OperaLatest version
Safari8 or newer

Table: Browsers officially supported by the Frosmo Control Panel

FirefoxLatest version
Google ChromeLatest version
Internet Explorer (IE)11 or newer
Microsoft EdgeLatest version

Ad-blockers and content filtering software

The Frosmo platform is not on any known basic ad-blocking lists.

Some privacy lists and software block the Frosmo platform, for example, EasyList, F-Secure Freedome VPN (when tracking protection is enabled), and Ghostery (when the "Beacon" category is selected).

Private browsing

The Frosmo platform interprets an incognito browsing session as a new visitor. This means that no segmentation data or other data previously stored in the browser is available for the session. Each new incognito session is counted as a new visitor.