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.
(Warning to readers: this article is long and rambling, like most articles by the same author)
Once upon a time, I wrote a very simple command-line load testing tool in C. I called it "myload", partly because it was written by, well...myself, and partly as an allusion to MySQL (this was back in the days when MySQL ruled and I had yet to start using PostgreSQL).
Most developers are extremely familiar with automated testing as part of their CI/CD pipelines. Continuous improvement and continuous delivery integrate unit testing as a matter of course.
But there’s another type of testing you *should* be doing, but most developers aren’t. Since we’re load testing experts, we’re sure you’ve already guessed our recommendation: add load testing to your automation pipelines.
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.
API load testing doesn’t have to be confusing and complex. As with so many things, a major part of what you need to do is not that complex. You can cover the majority of what you need to test with your API with a simple, straightforward plan and setup. Once you’ve done that, feel free to make it more difficult and complex. Until then, here’s how to load test your API the easy way.
At Load Impact we believe in goal oriented and automated load testing. That's why we have built k6 to work smoothly in such environments, integrating nicely with tools like CircleCI, Jenkins and TeamCity. Now we can offer even more integrations such as AWS Codebuild, bash (*nix /MacOS) and PowerShell (Windows)
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.
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.