Why Load Test your PrestaShop Site?
Load testing is the best way to determine if your site will be knocked offline by a rapid influx of customers. If you are planning to launch new products, advertising campaigns, or social media campaigns that could generate a lot of traffic; you need to load test your site. There is no feeling worse than seeing your server lock up during a new product launch or sale.
How we load test PrestaShop
We start by looking at the site, asking questions about where your traffic normally originates from. How users typically browse around your site. Then we try to establish how many users you might be expecting, if you are testing for marketing purposes. If not, we can just find out how many users your site can accommodate before the server becomes unresponsive.
Once we find out this information, we write a test specific to your site. The test is more complex than just how many users can land on the homepage and fall off. We simulate users browsing patterns, going from page to page. With some users starting on the homepage, some starting on category pages, some starting on product pages. Some-of-the users will be adding to the cart. Others will be searching, some will be logging in or creating accounts. The tests are quite complex, because different parts of your website use different resource sets. They all need to be tested to give a complete picture of how much stress your site can take.
Once we have the test written, we can start testing. We will schedule a time with you to best test, and we will run the tests to see exactly how many users your site can handle. Our tests not only show how many users your site can accommodate at a given time, they also show when frustration becomes a factor. Once requests get over a point, even if the server remains up, people can get frustrated and bounce off of your site. This is as important, if not more important than how many users your site can handle at once.