Load Testing Execution Phase 2: Benchmarking and Complex Cases

In the previous article in this series, we talked about getting prepared for your performance testing by:

  • Creating user scenarios
  • Configuring and running smoke tests
  • Creating load tests

At this point, you’re onto the actual testing. You’re running load tests and finding actionable data in the results.

We’ve broken this phase down into six parts, but it’s important to remember that each part may require multiple iterations. But hey, multiple iterations of each step just means you’re continuously finding new features to optimize or new problems to fix, and that will only improve the user experience in the long run.

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Load Testing Execution Phase 1: Validation and Test Configuration

As an engineer — or anyone in the working world these days — you have roughly one million things on your mind at a time.

So, we realize that after you’ve made the decision to load test with Load Impact (great choice, btw), that you might be interested in our 25+ years of load testing experience when it comes to getting started.

We recommend a three-phase process that you and your team will be able to manage pretty easily, and we’re going to outline each of those phases over the next three weeks in a mini-series of blog posts.

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Black Friday 2016 Performance Review

Thanksgiving in the USA sets off a chain reaction of e-commerce purchases unrivaled throughout the rest of the year.

Companies from around the world slash prices and offer deals during this weekend every year, and that means people from all walks of life rush to the Internet to buy things they need or get started on holiday shopping.

While Load Impact is a firm believer in continuously load testing your websites, apps, APIs and infrastructure throughout the year, we know there are plenty of people out there who only test before these types of big sales.

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4 Types of Load Tests That Give You Useful Data

For anyone who’s played around with the programming language, Perl, you’re probably familiar with the motto, “There’s more than one way to do it.”

That’s not just true for Perl, though!

Depending on how you configure your load tests, you’ll see that your website/application and infrastructure react differently. That means running a diverse range of tests produces multiple outcomes, and more data is almost always a good thing.

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Performance Testing Best Practices: User Scenarios

Most engineers new to load testing first ask, “How many concurrent users am I expecting to hit my website/app/API?”

This isn’t far off from a proper starting point, but based on our more than 2 million performance tests, we recommend you put aside total traffic numbers for a minute and think about what you expect users to actually do.

That’s because user scenarios are the cornerstone of your load test. To put it simply: Detailed, realistic user scenarios mean your load tests will produce actionable data you can use to optimize your websites, apps, APIs and infrastructure.

So, let’s explore user scenarios and share some best practices.

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7 Tips for Load Testing an E-Commerce Site

You may have heard that the holiday season is approaching.

If you’re working for a B2C company, there’s a good chance this is a busy time of year for you, and you’re expecting more web traffic than usual.

Creating realistic load tests that mirror your the checkout process is absolutely imperative when preparing your websites, apps, APIs and infrastructure for load tests.

So, here are some processes to think about that will help you get the most actionable data from your tests. And that leads to better optimizations, which leads to better performance, which leads to happier customers and more revenue.

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3 Load Testing Tips to Prepare for Black Friday

It’s that time of year again. Millions of people are ready to flock to their favorite websites to buy goods for themselves and for others.

Despite the somewhat ominous name of “Black Friday,” the United States’ unofficial shopping holiday is a joyous occasion for many — especially from the comfort of their own home.

Online shopping outpaced in-store shopping last year, and we don’t see that trend reversing anytime soon.

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How do I load test a website with login credentials?

If you're expecting people to come to your website or application and log in with a username and password, then you absolutely need to prepare for that in your load testing.

Load Impact supports both basic HTTP authentication and HTTP POST operations, as well as HTTPS. This means we support most common methods for logging into sites.

Let’s dive into the nitty gritty and get you testing that login process ASAP.

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4 Website Performance Optimizations Discovered Through Load Testing

A group of 28 students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands is driving around the world on their self-built electric touring motorcycles — christened with the super cool name of “STORM Wave.”

The STORM World Tour finishes November 2, after 80 days and more than 15,000 miles of fossil-fuel-free driving on these innovative electric motorcycles.

During their historic ride, the engineering students are keeping track of the motor’s health by analyzing a ton of data, connected by using Internet of Things (IoT) technology and visualized on a beautiful dashboard by the engineers of Itility.

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Performance Testing Load Impact: Part 1

At Load Impact, we build a tool that helps you understand and continuously keep track of your application’s performance at varying levels of traffic.

Our software does this by simulating virtual users interacting with your application. (It's pretty cool, if you ask us and thousands of our users )

Simply put: Load Impact is a performance testing service.

I have worked for Load Impact since its founding, and I’m going to share how we use the tool ourselves.

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