Many organizations choose to implement a web load test in order to verify the functionality and speed of their websites or web applications under conditions of normal to heavy load. The issues revealed by a web load test may include bottlenecks in the application itself or underlying infrastructure.
A website load test is typically carried out by running a number of simulated user sessions on a website while monitoring backend servers and collecting data on response times, page load times, and other performance metrics. With proper analysis of the test results, web application load testing can help your teams build and deliver better performing web applications, improve the reliability and speed of your web and mobile web sites, and validate the scalability of your web application’s architecture.
The first step of a web load test will be to assemble a team of application stakeholders, which may include business managers, marketing staff, IT operations personnel, and developers, in addition to testing engineers. Once the team is assembled, the next step of the web load test will be to determine test objectives. This includes:
After deciding what to test and measure, QA testers and performance engineers will then use web load testing tools to develop and execute a web load test that simulates the appropriate load conditions and user scenarios and captures the designated metrics. Finally, the entire team will analyze and discuss the results of the web load test to troubleshoot performance problems and identify opportunities to enhance the scalability of the website or web application.