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.