We are proud to offer a new service to our clients of load testing your website. Load testing is a great way to establish whether you need to upgrade your server or that your current server can handle your site taking an increased load. The load tests that we generate are different from how other companies set them up, we use real world browsing metrics.
Why Load Test?
There are several benefits to load testing your PrestaShop website. Below are some of the mains ones.
- Find out when you need to upgrade servers
- Know if your site will go down during a big sale
- See how your site loads across several regions
- See how quickly your site loads with users on it
How Does it Work?
We will have a short consultation you with to determine what type of server you are hosted on and what kind of load your site needs to be tested against. We will then develop what are called user scenarios for the testing of your site. User scenarios mimic users browsing around your site, we do not just put the users on the home page, we have them browse category pages, cms pages, product pages, and the checkout process. We can also target your website from several regions at once as well giving you a view of how your site is loading for viewers all around the world.
This example test was tested on the PrestaShop cloud. If you are not familiar with it, PrestaShop has introduced a free hosted version of PrestaShop that is on their own cloud network. We tested their servers up to 1000 concurrent users on the site in a 60 minute test. The results were pretty impressive.
We believe that expanding our services to also include load testing we can benefit our clients by preemptively diagnosing issues before their site crashes during a major sale or if it is featured by a major media outlet.
About the Author: Lesley Paone
Lesley has worked in e-commerce for over a decade, and is the founder of dh42. Starting out with PrestaShop and brancing out into other platforms like Shopify. He loves all things e-commerce and loves a challenge, in his spare time he helps moderate several forums on SEO, e-commerce, as well as the PrestaShop forum. If you have any questions for him about any of his articles just use our contact form to contact him.