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You might have already started load testing, which is awesome! But if you haven’t, and you’re wondering when, where and how to start the answers are all here for you. To help you get set up we’re going to give you a few tips and tricks to build your load testing strategy and make sure that you’re set for success. Ready to dive in? Read on!
Know Your User
The most important part of load testing is knowing your user but more specifically what you need to know are the answers to a few key questions.
How are your users using your site/application?
Most enterprises have an idea of how they’d like their users to use their site or products but for many how they’re actually using it and the journeys they take when they’re using it are a bit of a mystery. By using different tracking software such as Mixpanel or Amplitude though you can get a very detailed idea of what journeys your users are taking on your site and craft simulations to match and replicate this.
Understanding Your Traffic
Crafting great user journeys is the first step in building a scenario. Understanding your traffic though will help you decide what kind of tests you need to create. By using tools like Google analytics, Google Search Console, SEM rush or just monitoring your server usage you should be able to get an idea of what kind of traffic you’re receiving and how you’re receiving it. Are you getting sudden surges of traffic? Run a stress test! Are you getting long durations of constant traffic? Run a soak test. For every traffic scenario you can run a battery of different tests to ensure that your website is resilient enough to withstand the traffic it’s receiving. To learn more about the different kinds of load tests you can run and get an idea about what might work best for you check out our post here.
You’ve built your tests and run them, you’re doing great! However, most websites and applications are constantly changing and upgrading. How can you be sure that the changes you’re making aren’t going to change the performance of your project? By introducing load testing into your CI/CD project. We wrote a detailed post on the benefit of using Gatling Enterprise Cloud to integrate load testing into your CI/CD process. Gatling’s Enterprise version allows you to integrate with almost any CI/CD software, whether you’re using one of our dedicated integrations or using our CI Script to create your own.
Plan For The Unexpected
One of the great things about load testing is its ability to prepare you for any eventuality. You might not have thousands of users hitting your application today but by creating tests, and running them you can be sure that if it does happen you’re prepared. So when creating your testing strategy and examining your traffic it’s important not to just consider what is happening right now but also what could happen. What’s the worst/best case scenario? Are you prepared? Make sure by testing and you’ll know that whatever happens you’ll be ready.
By following these tips, this will help ensure that your websites and applications are able to handle the traffic and workloads that they will encounter in the real world, and it will help prevent performance issues that could impact the user experience.
|or just monitoring your server
|sudden surges of traffic?
|out our post here
|Gatling Enterprise Cloud to integrate load testing into your CI/CD process.
Pete Dutka, Customer Success Manager, Gatling.
Gatling Enterprise provides advanced features to help you get ahead of downtime and technical issues related to your website traffic. Our advanced reports allow you to dive into the details and discover your application’s limits and performance bottlenecks. We offer both on-premise and SaaS solutions to meet your business needs, whatever they may be.