Building a continuous load test might seem intimidating, but it’s not. You may think continuous load tests entail extensive integration, finicky server setup, detailed custom scripts, and a lot of annoyance mixed with caffeine and long hours.
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.
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.
Continuously performance testing websites, apps and infrastructure throughout the development cycle is a growing practice in the software industry.
We’re helping lead that charge by making Load Impact the most DevOps- and continuous delivery-friendly performance testing solution on the market.
We’ve talked to thousands of software developers around the world (we’ve been around for 6+ years now) and most people who decide to integrate Load Impact into their continuous integration environment have a few different reasons, but they all lead back to the same two principles: Saving time, and saving money.
You and your team have been pushing plenty of updates to your app over the last few weeks in preparation for a marketing milestone.
Everybody in the company is excited, and you can’t wait for users — and potential customers — to see what you’ve cooked up for their enjoyment.
But you haven’t been continuously performance testing throughout development (a bad move, but we forgive you), and you just realized it’s time to start running load tests.
Never fear! We’ve broken down a few steps to get your load testing extravaganza up-and-running, and from there you can smoothly transition to continuous testing, which will save you from this headache in the future.
In the first installment of this mini-series, we outlined how you efficiently prepare for performance testing. In the previous article, we got into the nitty gritty of what tests to run, and how to run them.
The final step toward ensuring you’re shipping high-performance applications and websites is to continuously test throughout your software development lifecycle.
If you’re a DevOps-minded organization that’s already working with Continuous Delivery and Continuous Integration (CD/CI) tools, then you’re off to a great start.
tl;dr — Load Impact loves DevOps, so we optimize our performance testing application with DevOps in mind.
- Easily share results
- Invite team members to run tests, script user scenarios and view data
- Organize tests into projects to keep everyone on the same page
Defining what DevOps is and what it means to different organizations has been in flux for several years. The vendor community has pushed the methodology's innovation even further by jumping on the DevOps product/marketing bandwagon.
Check out this awesome infographic from Parasoft on evolving from automated to continuous testing. You can find the full post on their website on the link below, too.