How to Set Up Automated Load Testing for Your WordPress Site (Or Any Other Platform)

Load testing your site is vital if you want to make sure it can perform well under pressure. In fact, it’s a smart idea to run these tests frequently. However, this can be a time-consuming endeavor and can steal valuable time away from other tasks.

You can get around that problem by simply automating the load testing process. This way, you’ll be able to run as many tests as you’d like without disrupting your normal workflow. Plus, it will be easier for you to anticipate and deal with potential problems ahead of time.

In this post, we’ll discuss the basics of load testing and why you’d want to automate it. We’ll also show you how to set up automated load testing for your WordPress site. Let’s get started!

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Webinar - Performance testing for developers

As a developer, you are being asked to get more deeply involved in the software testing and QA process. Delivering high quality code means not only passing functional tests, but also performance tests. The user experience of your website, app or API is highly dependent on performance. 

Attend this webinar to learn how you can run performance tests as a developer using the open source load testing tool - k6. Guest speaker is Ragnar Lönn, the founder of Load Impact.

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Webinar Recording: Performance testing in the cloud

Performance testing is an essential part of today's DevOps workflows. It requires the capability to run load tests both locally and in the cloud to address different users' needs at different stages of the software development cycle. Local testing for developers early in the development cycle. Cloud testing for developers and QA teams that need to run much larger tests later in the dev cycle.

Cloud execution services free you from having to maintain your own load generation infrastructure. Watch this webinar to learn how you can run performance tests in the cloud using the open source load testing tool - k6.

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Load Testing Metrics and Tips

If you’ve read our load testing metrics and tips in other articles, you might have some ideas about ideal numbers and strategies.

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When You Should Load Test a New Project

We talk a lot about continuous and consistent load testing for your ongoing projects. (Continuous load testing means you integrate it into your continuous integration pipelines; consistent means you always do it.) What we don’t talk about as much is when you should be load testing your new projects - not your ongoing ones.

Let’s say you’re starting a new project. When is the right time to start load testing? And how can you build your project so it’s the most friendly to load testing? Here are a few tips.

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Test Talk Podcast: Lowering Performance Testing Barriers Using k6

Be sure to check out this Test Talk podcast hosted by Joe Colantonio. Joe speaks with Robin Gustafsson, CTO of Load Impact, about lowering the barriers for performance testing, to make it much easier for developers to test early in the development cycle. Robin talks about k6, the open source load testing tool that was built to be "developer centric."

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Webinar: Performance testing in the cloud

Performance testing is an essential part of today's DevOps workflows. It requires the capability to run load tests both locally and in the cloud to address different users' needs at different stages of the software development cycle. Local testing for developers early in the development cycle. Cloud testing for developers and QA teams that need to run much larger tests later in the dev cycle.

Cloud execution services free you from having to maintain your own load generation infrastructure. Attend this webinar to learn how you can run performance tests in the cloud using the open source load testing tool - k6.

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Insights from Recent State of DevOps Reports

I've recently reviewed three State of DevOps reports from the past year, one from InterOp and two from Puppet-- the 2017 State of DevOps Report and the State of DevOps Market Segmentation Report. Here are a few excerpts and insights from these reports, particularly as they pertain to software performance testing as part of a DevOps environment.

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Shopping Cart Testing: Increase Performance and Completion

If we want people to buy things from us, we need to make that process as easy as possible. Sound obvious? It should be. But - for our US readers - have you ever tried to buy a car? Was it easy, pleasant or simple? Based on our experience, the answer to that is a resounding “no.” You’d think that anyone running any business would want to make the buying process as easy as possible, since (obviousness alert) you need buyers in order to have business revenue.

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Load Testing WordPress Sites: Plugin Testing

WordPress is great because it’s flexible, extensible, and can be lightweight. Why “*can* be lightweight?” Because its flexibility and extensibility - its greatest strengths - can be WordPress’ greatest weakness.

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