How Bad Performance Impacts Ecommerce Sales (Part I)

As we approach the critical holiday period – where as much as 18% of shopping carts are abandoned due to slow websites – it’s time to discuss how bad performance can impact e-commerce sales and provide you with real-world examples and practical steps on how to improve performance. Why is website performance important? A decade ago, … Read more

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EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR: Lifting web performance from the tactical to the strategic

Join us September 23rd @2pm PDT for an exclusive webinar with Load Impact’s Head of Professional Services – Michael Sjölin.  About the webinar: It can often be difficult for IT professionals tasked with developing, testing and maintaining technical resources to translate business requirements into reliable test configurations. Moreover, once testing is complete, its often even … Read more

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Moving to the Cloud: A Data Driven Approach to Evaluating Cloud Services

Many companies are driven by fast-paced applications that start small but quickly outpace even the most optimistic projections. Some of the most successful startups have grown from a self-hosted app with a few hundred users to millions of users in a few years – if not months. A typical progression goes as follows:  self-hosting -> … Read more

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Headless Drupal 8 – Retrieving Content Using Backbone.js

In this post I’ll explain how to decouple Drupal front-end to use your own implementation using Backbone.js and Drupal 8 as a RESTful API to retrieve the content. This is what we call a Headless Drupal. Drupal 8 front-end is going to be really attractive to front-end developers because it’s using Twig template engine and because its templates have been cleaned of … Read more

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When to Leverage Commercial Load Testing Services, and When to Go it Alone

How and where you execute load and performance testing is a decision that depends on a number of factors in your organization and even within the application development team. It is not a clear cut decision that can be made based on the type of application or the number of users, but must be made … Read more

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Performance & Scalability Test: Pantheon -VS- Other Drupal-Based Platforms

In this post I will demonstrate how to  setup a Drupal 7 site from scratch using Pantheon. Then, using Load Impact, I will attempt to compare the performance of Pantheon versus other Drupal-based platforms (Aberdeen Cloud platform and VPS). Pantheon For those who don’t know Pantheon, it’s a cloud platform for web development using different frameworks such as … Read more

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5 Lessons Learned After Self-Hosting Goes Haywire

When things start to go wrong it can sometimes be impossible to contain the unravelling – as if the problematic situation quickly gains momentum and begins to ‘snowball’ into an even worse situation. This happened to me recently. And since much of what went wrong could have been prevented with good process controls, I believe I have … Read more

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Load Testing Validates Performance Benefits of CDN – 400% Improvement (CASE STUDY)

Ushahidi used Load Impact to greatly improve the performance of its software. Through comparing “before” and “after” test results it was possible to see the performance impact of optimization efforts – like the use of a CDN.  Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive … Read more

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Is Your Application as Mobile and Global as You Claim it is? – Prove it!

Your application has been localized, your website is responsive, you’ve even built a mobile app – how about your performance?!  It takes more than a mobile app, responsive design and localization to stay ahead of the game, make sure your performance can also meet the demands of an increasingly mobile and global user-base. Regardless of whether … Read more

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