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1st April 2016

The most common load testing mistakes and how to avoid them

Load testing can have a transformative impact on business – enabling you to deliver a smooth and responsive experience to your web users, even in times of high demand. If you can avoid our top 5 most common mistakes, you’ll reap the rewards with better performance and customer experiences.

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24th February 2016

How load testing drives best business practice (but only if you build it into your development process!)

Load testing is often an afterthought for many commercial projects but if you integrate it throughout the development process you’ll reap the rewards when you launch a new site. We expore how to ensure a successful load testing programme when launching new sites, platforms or releases – from planning to production.

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11th May 2015

Time to place a bet doubles as online betting sites struggle to deliver optimum performance during Grand National

This year the Grand National was set to be the biggest betting turnover of all time with 71% of the adult British population expected to place a bet and is the equivalent to the volume of total number of bets across the four-day National Hunt Festival as Cheltenham. So exactly how did top horse racing betting sites cope with this unprecedented demand?

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29th November 2013

Predicting next years website traffic – and Load testing realism

If you want to ensure trouble-free growth in your web traffic next year: there’s a helpful article at eConsultancy: How can you predict next year’s website traffic? I’ve pulled out some key tips, to help turn that into a plan for a realistic website load testing – helping to construct that plan is something every marketer should be involved in.

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4th March 2013

3 Website Performance Testing Mistakes To Avoid

As long as there has been software, there has been testing. Good testing has always been centred on the business outcomes. It’s not just about finding bugs, it’s about finding Important Bugs: bugs that impact the end user or customer.

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28th September 2010

Website Load Testing with LoadRunner – running out of road

I just came out of an interesting load test planning meeting. It was with an organisation we’d worked with on web performance testing for some time, but this is the first time we’ll be doing major web load testing with them, as part of a bigger ITIL Capacity Planning delivery.

Like a number of companies, they have used LoadRunner in house for a few years, some of the guys in their test team are trained up on how to script in LoadRunner, and in LoadRunner best practise, etc.

What’s interesting is that they are moving away from LoadRunner, and calling on us to do the web load testing that they need.

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25th August 2010

Web site failures – expect the unexpected

As web performance testers, we regularly see subtle technical issues cause substantial failures in website user journeys -we expect the expected.

Whether in 24/7 monitoring, when our multi-user-journey approach routinely highlights that all areas of a web site may be functioning fine, apart from the one crucial  journey, maybe CheckOut: or Add to Basket.

Or if we’re running a web load test, it can sometimes result in a a whole site stalling: fortunately this normally happens only for brand new sites being load tested well before say a Christmas rush *.

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22nd July 2010

The Marketers new badge of success – the site crashed!

Interesting bit of marketing spin this week from Marie Claire magazine – who reckon that their latest recommended must-have beauty product was so much in demand that it crashed the Boots.com web site!

Confidence in Boots takes a knock from that, doesn’t it? And today (3 days later) , the product is in stock.

Humm, kind of bad manners of them to tell tales on Boot’s website problems.

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