Monitis is proud to announce the re-launching of its’ powerful Web Load Tester tool. It is now integrated right into your Monitis dashboard to make it even easier to access and run the tests on demand. A simply mouse click and you set up your test criteria and are off to the races. You will quickly know the traffic handling capacity of your website, its’ performance reaction at heavy loads and what the users experience will be. You now have the power to keep your clients happy, optimize the ecommerce potentials and at the same time measure and control expenses. Before you suffer from the results of the perfect storm make sure you have tested and have the perfect answer.
You want your website to receive as much traffic as possible and you need to make sure that the traffic doesn’t just arrive but that it is processing at optimal speed and ease. To display the value of this let’s build a scenario for your website and demonstrate the value of Web Load Tester. For the purpose of this example let’s assume you are a successful company advertising and selling your products both in your traditional store and online. You have an upcoming summer sale and are planning to launch your marketing campaign for this is the next 3 weeks. You approach your IT manager and share with him your plans and his first question to you is “When are you planning this for and how much traffic do you expect?” You tell him it will start in three weeks and run for a one month period and you are hopeful of strong results and expect the website traffic to increase 5 times of the current. What to do next is the obvious question. He tells you he will run some tests now with the websites current load and will also stress the site to see how much capacity it has, basically how much traffic it can support without degrading service to any appreciable degree.
The IT department runs a quick test and determines that the current average peak load on the website is 300 simultaneous visits and that the average page build time is 2.2 seconds. They then run a series of Web Load Tester configurations, slowly increasing incoming traffic levels. They set the first test up to simulate traffic from 5 different nodes requesting 500 simultaneous visits. The subsequent tests are for increasing traffic loads of simultaneous visits of; 1000, 1500 and 2000. The results of each test are kept in the history and once they have completed all the planned configurations they consolidate the archived histories and come back to you with the following information.
The Web Load Tester has clearly demonstrated that the website as currently designed can easily handle 500 simultaneous visits with no loss of page build time. The same is true for 1000 visits. Once the website was stressed to 1500 visits the test result showed that the average page build time was very negatively impacted with an average page build of over 23 seconds and when the website was hit with 2000 simultaneous visits the average page build time had inflated to nearly 35 seconds.
While the current website is performing well the Web Load Test results quickly and clearly demonstrate that with the expected surge in traffic the impact to site performance is significant and the customer experience will be horrific. The good news is that you ran the tests and prevented a very bad and embarrassing situation of swamping your own website. You have time to make the critical additions or adjustments to your web infrastructure and then launch your advertising campaign. This is the path to success.
The next article will provide you with specific screenshots highlighting; how to run the test, the reports you will receive and how to analyze and interpret them. Monitis is here to help you get the most out of your website and ecommerce efforts.