How to prevent 'disaster' with performance testing

Finally! Your site has hit the big time and your traffic is off the charts. Congratulations: is your site performance up to the task? Here’s a case where “be careful what you wish for” rings true: when that traffic rush hits, the best way to prevent disaster is with performance testing.

When should you plan for that traffic rush? Now. Start today.

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ECommerce Performance Testing Checklist

It’s looming quickly on the horizon: that Q4 rush, the one-two punch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even though Q4 approaches quickly, you’ve been tuning your site for months to get it to peak performance. For this last-minute tuning, we offer a few tips for an ecommerce performance testing checklist to help you get the most out of the final sprint.

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Ensure Your Site Performs for Peak Traffic

For an e-commerce site, performance is key, especially during peak traffic periods. We often talk about preparing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday as traffic peaks. But realistically, those days aren’t the only days where traffic peaks.

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Better performance, lower shopping cart abandonment

Your site’s performance directly affects your company’s bottom line. You can lower shopping cart abandonment when your site has better performance. And better performance directly results in more conversions and lower bounce rates. Check out these statistics.

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What’s Good E-Commerce Site Performance?

One of the most common questions we hear is this: “what’s good e-commerce site performance?” The short answer is: it depends. The longer answer is more helpful: it depends, but there are some good baselines and rules of thumb that can help you get started.

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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 Season coming up!

What did you get your application and infrastructure
for Load Testing Season?

It's not October yet, but “Load Testing Season” is already upon us. While Load Testing Season isn’t as celebrated as Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, it’s overriding importance in the world of e-commerce is inarguable.

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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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How User Scenarios Will Make Your E-commerce Site Testing Better

Basic load testing is worth doing, and worth doing often. Sometimes when you’re under a deadline with your e-commerce site, all you have time for is basic testing. But we’ll explain how user scenarios will make your e-commerce site testing better.

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