Many businesses run on a calendar fiscal year. And even those that don’t often budget quarterly. No matter how your business is organized, you’re likely looking at getting some spending done before the end of the quarter. Here are a few ideas based on our experience in optimizing performance.
We’re in the thick of the heaviest traffic season for many sites and apps. Autumn through the end of the year often brings major traffic spikes, be they from Singles Day, Black Friday, or other seasonal retail peaks. But no matter when your site’s traffic peaks, there’s one big pitfall you need to avoid:
Don’t stop testing after your peak traffic period.
It’s one of our most commonly asked questions: what about CI integrations for performance testing? The short answer is simple: we have them, you should have them, and you should make sure you’ve implemented them.
|Load Impact’s Insights allows you to stream the results of your local k6 test run to Load Impact’s cloud services. You can then view and analyze the result in the web browser. To do this you need a k6 cloud token (you can generate one from your Load Impact account when you join the insider program). You then run k6 locally with the -o cloud flag:
$ K6CLOUD_TOKEN=<your_token> k6 -o cloud script.js
Finally! Your site has hit the big time and your traffic is off the charts. Congratulations: is your site performance up to the task? Here’s a case where “be careful what you wish for” rings true: when that traffic rush hits, the best way to prevent disaster is with performance testing.
When should you plan for that traffic rush? Now. Start today.
There’re a lot of things happening at Load Impact at the moment, and to make sure you’re up to date on what we’re up to, we’ll start sending product update emails and posting this on our blog, in the frequency range of once a month. As always we’ll continue to update the changelog as soon as features and bugfixes gets released.
As Viach Kakovskyi (@BackendandBBQ) stated in his blog post "If you do not have time to write tests today - you will find the time for fixing bugs Friday’s night". In other words, to establish solid reliability in production tomorrow we need to invest our time today.
It’s looming quickly on the horizon: that Q4 rush, the one-two punch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even though Q4 approaches quickly, you’ve been tuning your site for months to get it to peak performance. For this last-minute tuning, we offer a few tips for an ecommerce performance testing checklist to help you get the most out of the final sprint.