Tag: Website Testing

Why Running a Performance Test on Your Website is Important

WHY LOAD TESTING SHOULD BE IN EVERYONE’S CHECKLIST BEFORE LAUNCHING THEIR SITE

Load testing is something that every website owner should do before a launch. However, only about half of the website owners actually do it.

Load testing is test that you perform to check how your site is doing. It’s also a way to see how it looks from your audience’s perspective. What is even more important is how to do it. Don’t just put out a clone version of your site and hope for the best. You need to test the original production side of things. If the production side is not looking good, what makes you think the rest of the site will?

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Here are the top 3 reasons why performing a load test before launching your site is so important.

1). You will see first-hand what the results are. The results will also be presented to you in a genuine way, not a “botched or manipulated” way. If your results are manipulated in any way, how can you know what is not working? The load testing will provide the genuine results. This way you know what needs to be fixed, versus what doesn’t need to be fixed. Fixing things now will only go to improve the end goal when launching the site.

2). It will give you a detailed look at the actual costs going into everything, including the production. This way you can get a look at what needs to be cut and what does not. Some things will need to be slashed and burned before the site launch. This will only serve to help your long-term goals. Load testing is going to help you to decide where your money should actually be going. Load testing can also help you test APIs using services like LoadView to ensure that your API doesn’t go down. It’s important to be able to test both SOAP and REST APIs in order to get the full picture of testing.

3). This test will also help your out with your firewall. You will see how effective your firewall is. You will see where the improvements need to be made, if any at all. Your firewall is an essential part to your site. It’s going to help keep out the “undesirables”. Anything can happen when you go to launch a site. It’s best to make sure everything is in tact.

You can’t stop everything with load testing, but you can help to minimize the damage and costs to your site’s production and setup.

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Load Testing vs Stress Testing

In the world of software engineering, it is critical to ensure that software the software is readily available and operable–or more commonly, “user friendly”. Developers, programmers, and anyone else in the IT software profession should be familiar with the processes used to evaluate software program performance. They need to be able to distinguish between the types of software testing used as well. This article will briefly outline the differences between two types of performance evaluation: load testing and stress testing.

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Performance Testing in General

Performance testing is a critical component of software development. It reveals errors or imbalances in program execution by simulating moderate load conditions and testing a software’s runtime efficiency. This allows users and techs to isolate and remedy issues like latency or resource hogging that hinder the software’s processing speed and responsiveness.

Load Testing

Load testing occur after the software has been balanced and evaluates the system’s endurance and volume by simulating real world conditions that apply a moderate amount of stress to the software. While these conditions are underway, the software’s functionality is documented and evaluated for any errors in performance. Load assessment conducts two kinds of tests: volume and endurance. Volume testing assesses the software’s ability to handle multiple tasks or users under moderate conditions. Endurance, or soak, testing applies simulated conditions over a longer period of time than in the performance testing stage.

Stress Testing

Stress testing could be considered an overload (pardon the pun) of load testing. Whereas normal load evaluation simulates typical conditions, stress testing pushes these conditions and software to their very limit. The goal is to ensure that the software will not crash should the computer run out of RAM or disk space. It also provides users with documentation specs and limits for the software. The targets of stress evaluation include issues with timing, resource loss, interlocking, and priority. By bringing the system to its breaking point, stress testing allows developers to see exactly what those “breaks” might be.

Conclusion

Load and stress testing are two distinct but vital procedures. One thing they share in common is ensuring software functionality.

Further Reading:

http://frisbyjs.com/

https://www.loadview-testing.com/api-testing/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface