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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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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Open Source Load Testing Tool Benchmarks V2

 
Earlier this year, we wrote a couple of articles reviewing the functionality, usability (link to review article) and performance (link to benchmark article) of a bunch of open-source load testing tools. Si nce then, we have uncovered our own open-source load testing tool - k6 - and it would seem it is time for an update to our reviews and benchmarks, so that we both include k6 but a lso test newer versions of the other tools out there.
 
So, here are the NEW AND UPDATED op en source load testing tool benchmarks!
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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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Continuous load testing saves your company time and money

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.

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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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Load Testing and Teams: DevOps Best Practices

The secrets to an effective DevOps team are communication and collaboration. This is especially true in load testing.

 The #1 best practice we recommend with your regular load testing is to set pass/fail triggers with your automated build processes. (We’ve talked about that elsewhere.) As part of those triggers, failure notifications should be set up in a shared communications channel.

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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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The difference between performance testing and performance tuning

Whether you’re new to DevOps or an experienced hand, sometimes it’s a challenge to explain the difference between performance testing and performance tuning. It happens to us, too. Here’s how we describe understanding performance testing and performance tuning.

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