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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MAY 2018 - Product Update

Busy times here at Load Impact! Not one but two new releases of k6, our open source load testing tool, since last time you heard from us. We’re moving fast towards v1.0 release, thanks to our amazing community. We love you!

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Release: k6 v0.21.0

v0.21.0 is here! 🎉

We're happy to see continued contributions from members of the community in this release, from 4 people outside of Load Impact this time around. A big thanks to the following people for contributing to this release: @antekresic, @cyberw, @danron and @jmccann. Also, thanks to everyone that contributed in other ways on Github, in Slack and for spreading the word about k6!

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Webinar: Load testing for Modern DevOps Teams with k6 and Load Impact Insights

If you're involved in software development and/or testing of websites, apps or APIs, don't miss this webinar on load testing with k6 and Load Impact Insights. k6 is our new, open source load generator, available for download on GitHub (https://github.com/loadimpact/k6).

k6 has been built from the ground up for use by today’s DevOps teams throughout the development cycle. Developers can use k6 early in the development cycle to load test as part of their standard Continuous Integration process.

With k6, you can run tests locally, behind the firewall (available now), and in the cloud on Load Impact's cloud infrastructure (coming soon). Test scenario scripts are created using ES6 JavaScript. This makes it easy to create test scripts without having to learn a new scripting language.

Figure 1: Running a k6 test using JavaScript

Load Impact Insights allows you to store and analyze your k6 load test results. Built-in algorithms help automate results analysis to quickly uncover performance issues. You can start a free trial of Load Impact Insights by clicking here.

Figure 2: Load Impact Insights screen showing load test results

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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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About the Role of Recording in Performance Testing

I was invited to elaborate my position on recording in performance testing. Originally the discussion started as a comment to Ragnar Lönn's post Open Source Load Testing Tool Review published here earlier.

Then the discussion moved to my post The Role of Recording in Load Testing Tools.

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How to control a live k6 test, with these built-in commands

This article takes a look at the k6 pause/resume/scale/stats/status commands, and how to use them to control and query a remote k6 instance running a test. This can be useful when you want to dynamically control a load test at runtime, pausing it or modifying the number of virtual users.

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Load Impact launches Insights

It is with great excitement that we announce the launch and general availability of Load Impact Insights, the cloud based results storage, analysis and collaboration product for k6 load tests.

Ever since the first early beta release, some 10 months ago, the team has worked hard to iron out bugs and scale the streaming and analysis of k6 results data, and now we’re here! 🎉

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If You Don’t Test Your Software, Your Users Will

We think you should test your code for not only function but performance. We’re not alone, and we loved this article we came across recently by Thiago Duarte. Called “7 Things I Learned That Made Me a Better Programmer,” Duarte tells some great stories and shares great tips.

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Mobile vs Desktop: Where to Focus Your Development

In some areas, it’s easy to choose between focusing development resources on mobile apps (and mobile-friendly sites) vs. desktop apps and websites. Not so in e-commerce. The landscape is surprisingly complex, but some new research helps guide your decisions.

We recently shared some insights from the recent Comscore research update (State of the US Online Retail Economy in Q4 2017), and this same research provides some insights for e-commerce professionals (like you).

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