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How Can You Build a Better Load Test For Your Website?

February 16 2017, 05:06am

Posted by Deanna Griffin

While there are plenty of excellent load testing applications available online sometimes it can be a much better idea to consider building your own load testing environment that will re-create actual user results. Unlike using an online web tool you can create a load test that puts together several different computers with minimal settings and different browsers to simulate actual users accessing your website. Here are some top tips on how you can build an optimal load test for your website:

Getting ready to test: create backup versions of your website so that you can make quick changes and then revert back to default if required. Consider disabling any third-party applications like a payment system that could be potentially deleted or flagged for suspicious activity with the multiple refreshes. Set up several user account so that you can properly simulate activity on the machines or desktop windows (learn more about that by clicking here).

Build a machine: make sure that you have a machine or even a tablet that has standard hardware. Consider running a test on a computer that may be a few years old or see how the test runs on a computer that has been upgraded. Trying your website out on multiple devices including some older devices can give you a better load test.

Build a test version for consumers: With websites like user testing you could do load tests via recorded video. For a small amount of money for every test you could replicate the consumer environment by having real consumers test a non-branded or scaled-back version of your website (read more here).

Use IT automation: IT automation software will ensure that you can complete multiple tests as well as quickly set up your website for a new test. Creating shortcuts to continuously test is as simple as creating snapshots are recording keystrokes using certain programs. You could continually test items for your website this way or set up testing parameters after you have made changes, in a flash.

Keep some of these tips in mind for building a better load test.

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Getting Your Website Load Time to Under 3 Seconds

July 6 2016, 03:32am

Posted by Deanna Griffin

 

Having your website load quickly is important for a number of reasons. Poor performance could cost you visitors by driving them away and lowering your search result rankings. In order to determine if your website is performing satisfactory and able to handle the traffic it gets you need to run load and stress tests.


Running load tests let you realize your server's capability by simulating users and getting back performance results. Virtual users in the software act like real users and simulate user actions to determine the system's speed and endurance. Performance results are reported at the end with possible suggestions to improve.

Load tests are more practical than hiring a bunch of people to test as they are run by scripts and act as people at a far faster rate. It wouldn't be practical or cost efficient to hire people, as the software can act as many people simultaneously for much cheaper.

In order to test the endurance of your system, you need to run an endurance test. An endurance test simulates an average load of users over an extended period of time. The test uses a fixed number of users and is supposed to simulate the system's average stress.

A stress test is useful for benchmarking your system and for finding any bottlenecks it may have. A stress test consists of a series of load test which systematically increase over a duration of time. Raising the load over time allows you to pinpoint the system's limitation and find its optimal range.

It is important that the load generators are powerful enough to simulate the required amount of virtual users, and to have the capacity to send all of the required data. Load generators are the computers used to simulate users. Having enough computers that are strong enough is important for accurately simulating your system's traffic.



The key bits of information to get from performance results are response time, latency, and maximum amount of concurrent users. Knowing this information allows you to determine if your current system setup is performing optimally for the traffic it gets. Having your site load quickly is crucial for retaining users and having better search results in search engines. 

 

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Should Your Stress or Load Test Your Website?

June 29 2016, 03:32am

Posted by Deanna Griffin

After a site has been created and is ready to be made available for users, one thing should be considered. It is pre-testing the website and having a good feel of what users are likely to experience when using the site. Stressing or loading site is critical that it is better to prepare for an outcome than having no idea of what it will be or how users will react to it. As much as the website is designed for the user, the site owner should try fit into the user’s situation by pre-testing every part of the web and react to it to know what they expect.


Security

Some systems in a website are easy to figure out for a user and easy to hack. If a site has not been driven through a load test, it is not easy to find out if some of the sites can be hacked. Currently, many website holders have the problem like that of Google Chrome auto filling every part including the password. They can never know how to handle it if they do not put their self in the user position.


Performance

Stressing a website helps identify if it has an ability to survive when an under pressure. For example, when the site is subject to massive crowd the owner should know how much stress it can handle, and the possibilities of it are breaking down. By conducting a stress test on a system the owner of the website can develop policy strategies that can improve performance for the site even when under pressure. Good performance attracts more users to a site. If you're looking to test your website's performance, you can do this in a variety of ways. You can use a paid service in order to conduct a load test. One example could be LoadView (www.loadview-testing.com). LoadView is nice because they allow you a lot of flexibility when it comes to testing. You can find out more about LoadView on their website. Another option is using your own server to run Apache JMeter, which is a free tool. You can read about that at jmeter.apache.org


Website Future

If any site owner is interested in creating a future that is stable for their site, they will go for both load testing and stress testing. The two types of testing subject a site to different processes, processes that are to be used by users in future. Knowing how the site will react to certain commands if subjected to them in future creates a healthy future for the site.

 

SEO Rank

Loading and stressing a site makes easy for it to get high ranks. It is because during loading and stressing the issues identified are solved and the site is made efficient for all users. Users are attracted to the website that quickly responds to commands and those sites usually have been pretested.

 

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Why Load Testing Can Help to Make Your Site More Reliable

June 22 2016, 03:32am

Posted by Deanna Griffin

If you're a regularly user of computers-and most people today are-you likely know how annoying it can be to load information onto your site. Depending on your computer's speed, it can seemingly take forever before you even load onto your site.

This is not good, especially if you have a business online, or you have important contacts or clients to maintain; you or they can't take forever to contact one another. This illustrates the importance of load testing.

What is load testing? Load testing is the practice of subjecting one's computer to testing its' demand or response. it helps to test the capacity or response of the computer's operation system, in others words, the purpose is to see how long it takes for the user to contact websites. It is also known as stress testing.

If loading takes an unreasonably longer period of time than would normally take, then that could mean that your computer's operation system has a serious problem. Perhaps it has too much information stored that is slowing down your computer or it might be due to a computer virus. If this is the case, then the above kind of test may be necessary.

But how does a user perform such a load testing? There are load testing software available that can help you to this end. It will walk you through the software and show you what you need to do to load test your computer's operation system ans perhaps what needs to be cleaned up before your computer can be up-and-running again.

 


Load testing is good for one's computer, it's sort of like jump-starting the computer for its most optimum performance, and for a user like yourself, you want to make sure that your computer performs at its very best.

A computer can be a delicate machine, if you take care of it properly then it will be there for you, if not, then you will pay the consequences for it later, thus the need for the above stress test. So, if your website is acting up and taking too long to load, then a load testing is the best test to take.

When it comes to load testing and stress testing, there are a number of options available both free and paid. You can use tools like Apache JMeter (mentioned elsewhere on this blog) which are free but you need to run them on your server, or a paid tool. When it comes to paid tools there are paid, and low-cost paid tools. For example, LoadView is a tool that isn't necessarily cheap but they manage everything for you and you don't need to deal with any setup on your own other than specifying what the tests need to do (you can visit their official site online). There's also another option called Redline 13 which is almost free, but requires some setup. In terms of which one is best, it's really up to you and your idividual testing needs. 

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