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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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Retail Readiness: How To Make Sure Your Site Is Ready

As your busy season looms, you can improve retail readiness in your website with load testing. As we move towards the autumn months and into the holidays, it’s time to gear up for some of the busiest shopping months of the year. For most businesses, the second half and fourth quarter of the calendar year represent a huge portion of their business, whether online only, “brick-and-mortar,” or a hybrid of both online and offline.

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Testing Your Shopping Cart: Essential E-Commerce Tips and Strategies

One of the most important e-commerce areas to test is your shopping cart. Here, we’ll share some essential e-commerce tips and strategies to help you remove barriers to purchase through load testing your critical purchasing path.

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Load Testing and Teams: DevOps Best Practices

The secrets to an effective DevOps team are communication and collaboration. This is especially true in load testing.

 The #1 best practice we recommend with your regular load testing is to set pass/fail triggers with your automated build processes. (We’ve talked about that elsewhere.) As part of those triggers, failure notifications should be set up in a shared communications channel.

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Three Tests Will Make Your E-Commerce Site Perform Better

No matter what the season, your e-commerce site’s performance relates directly to revenue for your company. When your site is slow - or, worse, fails - you directly lose money.

Luckily, three key types of load tests can help you fortify your site against everyday load - and seasonal peaks (like Black Friday). These three tests will make your e-commerce site perform better.

Here’s what we recommend: Baseline Tests, Stress Tests, then ongoing “TEAR” testing. 

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The difference between performance testing and performance tuning

Whether you’re new to DevOps or an experienced hand, sometimes it’s a challenge to explain the difference between performance testing and performance tuning. It happens to us, too. Here’s how we describe understanding performance testing and performance tuning.

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