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.Let’s talk about how performance testing can help you and your company achieve both of those things.
Performance testing saves you money
About 75 percent of online shoppers say they’ll leave a website if it takes more than five seconds to load, and that means they won’t be spending any money on that site.
One of the main ways load testing can save money is by protecting a checkout process from a high bounce rate.
If you’re only running performance tests after the “final” product has shipped or only before compelling events, you’ll miss out on potential performance degradations that can creep in after every code commit.
Performance testing saves you time
As we mentioned above, the older developer mindset of many engineers was to wait and start performance testing once they’ve “finished” building their website or app.
But like most other things in life, waiting until the last minute to start performance testing is actually a pretty terrible idea.
The entire notion of continuous delivery in software development is giving yourself a chance to find and pinpoint many small problems per code commit. That’s because a small problem in your first push can turn into a big problem several commits later.
Read up on when and how often you should load test here
At Load Impact, we pay special attention to performance gains and losses throughout development, and we help our users understand that with our Performance Trending feature.
You’ll see the performance trend of your tests — based on URL load time — in the Insights section of our dashboard. You’ll also view the performance trend in each individual tests’ configuration. Read more about it here