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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New Feature: Interpret Load Testing Results Faster with URL Grouping

We’ve come across more and more engineers who utilize dynamic URLs throughout their websites and applications over the last year.

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Webinar: The Potential of Serverless Computing, hosted by Donald Ferguson and Load Impact

We're hosting a webinar Oct. 3 with accomplished engineer Donald Ferguson on the burgeoning serverless computing revolution. Join us!

“Serverless computing” is being hyped as the new dream for developers, but what can we really expect from this relatively young concept?

Donald Ferguson, the only person to be named Technical Fellow at IBM, Microsoft and Dell, respectively, is leading a course on serverless technology at Columbia University this fall.

In this webinar, Donald will lend his perspective on serverless computing and give examples of how to design your development lifecycle around this exciting new technology.

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Performance Testing Vs. Performance Tuning

Performance testing is often mistaken for performance tuning. The two are related, but they are certainly not the same thing. To see what these differences are, let’s look at a quick analogy.

Most governments mandate that you bring your vehicles to the workshop for an inspection once a year. This is to ensure that your car meets the minimum safety standards that have been set to ensure it is safe for road use.

A website performance test can be likened to a yearly inspection — It ensures that your website isn’t performing terribly and should perform reasonably well under most circumstances.

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Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

This post originally appeared on the Nordic APIs Blog, a leading resource of knowledge on the API industry. Nordic APIs holds conferences and publishes high impact thought pieces on web APIs, forming a community of API experts.

Subscribe to the Nordic APIs digest for a weekly dosage of API strategy, as well as news on upcoming Nordic APIs events and seminars.

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Webinar: Load Impact and ThoughtWorks on API Performance Testing

ThoughtWorks is one of the largest and most successful software consultancies in the world. That’s why we’re really excited to co-host our next webinar with one of their talented QA Consultants.

Srinivas Murty of ThoughtWorks will be discussing the finer points of API performance testing at 1 p.m. ET September 13.

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