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Q4 is Here: Is Your E-commerce Site Ready to Handle the Load?

Q4 2018 is already upon us. It’s not too late to get your site ready to handle the peak traffic.

We all know Q4 represents the peak e-commerce traffic for the year. But in 2017, Q4 was about 30% higher than the preceding individual quarters (Q1 - Q3). Thus, we need to focus on Q4.

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Will CI/CD Change the World Like Agile Did?

According to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), continuous development (what we usually call continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD)) will change the world as much as the Agile revolution did. (See the original article here.)

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Load Testing Metrics and Tips

If you’ve read our load testing metrics and tips in other articles, you might have some ideas about ideal numbers and strategies.

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Load Testing Strategies

Strategy around your load tests is as important as the tactics and execution. While one might debate the best comprehensive strategies, here we’ll share a couple of key ideas that can help you no matter what type of project you’re load testing.

Troubleshooting: Change only one variable

Because today’s apps are more complex than ever, sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint a particular bottleneck or performance problem.

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When You Should Load Test a New Project

We talk a lot about continuous and consistent load testing for your ongoing projects. (Continuous load testing means you integrate it into your continuous integration pipelines; consistent means you always do it.) What we don’t talk about as much is when you should be load testing your new projects - not your ongoing ones.

Let’s say you’re starting a new project. When is the right time to start load testing? And how can you build your project so it’s the most friendly to load testing? Here are a few tips.

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Why Load Testing is Important

We get so focused on the “how” of load testing that we sometimes forget to talk about why load testing is important. Read this if you want to know why it’s important, too. Or, you may already know it is important - but you need to convince a friend, colleague or manager of load testing’s importance. Either way, here are a few useful points to help understand.

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Shopping Cart Testing: Increase Performance and Completion

If we want people to buy things from us, we need to make that process as easy as possible. Sound obvious? It should be. But - for our US readers - have you ever tried to buy a car? Was it easy, pleasant or simple? Based on our experience, the answer to that is a resounding “no.” You’d think that anyone running any business would want to make the buying process as easy as possible, since (obviousness alert) you need buyers in order to have business revenue.

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Load Testing WordPress Sites: Plugin Testing

WordPress is great because it’s flexible, extensible, and can be lightweight. Why “*can* be lightweight?” Because its flexibility and extensibility - its greatest strengths - can be WordPress’ greatest weakness.

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Test Now for the Summer Rush

We know that in most sectors, we have to gear up for a big Q4. As we shared a couple of months ago, for ecommerce, Q4 brings in about 30% more revenue than other quarters. And every year, that Q4 total increases by 20%. But what’s easy to overlook in the holiday season excitement is this: every single quarter grows 20% in ecommerce revenue year over year.

Comscore’s latest report lays out the facts. In 2017 over 2016, Q1 grew 20%, Q2 grew 18%, and Q3 grew 20%. In 2017, each quarter was over 100 billion USD.

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Load Testing WordPress Sites: The Basics

You may not be new to WordPress, but you may be new to testing your WordPress site. As your site grows, you may find your site running more slowly. Here’s how to get started load testing your WordPress site to uncover what is making it run slow.

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