Congratulations: you’ve run a few LoadImpact load tests and you’re anxiously poring over the results. You’ve probably already gained a few insights about what you might improve. You’ve seen some areas you want to explore further. And you’ve found some mysterious status codes in the URLs tab on the test results page.
Internet giants sometimes approach testing differently than the rest of the world should. For example, in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, Alibaba Cloud senior product manager He Yunfei talks about Singles Day as the ultimate load test, basically. “We use it as a drill. It sharpens us,” he says, according to the article.
We’re in the thick of the heaviest traffic season for many sites and apps. Autumn through the end of the year often brings major traffic spikes, be they from Singles Day, Black Friday, or other seasonal retail peaks. But no matter when your site’s traffic peaks, there’s one big pitfall you need to avoid:
Don’t stop testing after your peak traffic period.