Performance Testing Services
We provide a large variety of performance testing services for websites and applications. Read about the performance tests we can offer, below.
spriteCloud is a performance and load testing specialist and an authorised OctoPerf partner. We plan, create and execute performance testing and analyse results to help our customers determine the benchmarks and breaking points of their systems. spriteCloud’s tests help to ensure that when your peak-season promotional campaign takes off, your checkout page doesn’t crash, costing you reputation and potentially millions in sales.
See a performance boost in as fast as three weeks.
In today’s world of short attention spans, limited patience, and saturated markets, your website or application needs to provide customers with seamless and enjoyable experiences; otherwise, your revenue will suffer. These issues are only further compounded with mobile devices dominating browsing and online activity.
It sounds sensational, but it’s true. If your product photos take too long to load, the checkout page times-out during payment or your app grinds to a halt during a busy period, your customers get a terrible experience and lose interest in your brand, which loses you money.
What website performance issues can mean to your business:
- The BBC found they lost an additional 10% of users for every additional second their site took to load.
- Google’s DoubleClick found 53% of mobile site visits were abandoned if a page took longer than 3 seconds to load.
- COOK increased conversions by 7%, decreased bounce rates by 7%, and increased pages per session by 10% when they reduced average page load time by 850 milliseconds.
Poor website performance damages your reputation and it hurts your bottom line.
spriteCloud’s offers performance testing services in the Netherlands and remotely, to provide your organisation with experts who can test your website and application to its limits. We will provide you with actionable insights so that you can use to ensure your customers are happy.
Contact us via the contact form at the bottom of the page and turn performance into your competitive advantage.
Types of Performance Tests
Applying the “Shift-Left” mentally to performance testing means testers and developers can conduct performance testing in the earlier stages of their development cycles when issues are less expensive to correct. This agile approach to testing aligns well with performance engineering methodologies.
For example, one of the leading causes of performance bottlenecks is component coupling. With components relying on each other, the slowest component limits the system’s overall performance, and by decoupling system components by design, you can optimise overall system performance.
Depending on your development processes or product, you may favour a shift-right approach to performance testing where testing is more closely tied with DevOps and done after deployment. Realistic data on the performance of the fully integrated system is created and allows for adopting a Continuous Testing culture as a more holistic approach in the development lifecycle.
Utilising automation and monitoring practices, your team can also gain more confidence in your application’s resilience, fast deployment practices, and in delivering continuous quality to users.
Automated Performance Testing
Automating testing is the end goal for many organisations, as it increases test coverage while reducing feedback cycles. However, deciding how to start automating performance testing and which tools to choose is often not a straightforward process, especially when you don’t have much experience with performance testing.
A major roadblock is the manual analysis of performance results. Automated performance frameworks automate all aspects of performance testing, from execution to analysis and decision-making.
Performance issues don’t just happen; they are designed into the software. After the Performance Testing phase has finished identifying performance issues, these issues are corrected in the Performance Engineering process.
Performance engineering includes rewriting application logics, heap and thread analyses, CPU profiling and can also involve load balancing and implementing caching strategies. In other words, after detecting the system’s problems and getting to their root cause, we fix these bottlenecks as well.
Web Performance Optimisation
Web performance is the perceived user experience of load speed and run time. Web performance includes objective measurements like page load time and time-to-interactive and subjective experiences of how long it felt for the content to load.
Poor user experience due to performance issues can be a minor annoyance or major issues that drive users away from your website. Performance is vital for eCommerce sites.
Cloud Performance Testing
Cloud-based applications can dynamically adapt to load, making performance and cost directly related. Increasing the size of an underperforming computer instance for more power costs more money. Because of this, is it more important than ever to test for cloud performance. Issues can be challenging to find and resolve in a cloud environment.
Cloud Performance Testing focuses on auto-scaling configuration, capacity planning, network latency, and the system’s ability to replace a failed component with minimal service disruption while under high load conditions. We can test cloud performance at the virtual machine, service and entire application level.
Performance testing for websites or applications is a general term for tests used to determine the behaviour and performance of a system. Performance testing checks the performance of the components of these systems by passing different parameters in different load scenarios. This test helps to set the benchmark and standards of how a website or application behaves under normal parameters.
This test helps develop benchmarks for system performance. Using the waterfall methodology, a performance test should be run with each release; continuous testing should be done when working agile.
Load testing for websites and application simulates real-world conditions to check how an application behaves during normal and high loads. This test mainly checks response time, peak performance, and server quantity while these attributes are loaded with expected normal and high loads. This type of test is usually undertaken near the completion of a development project.
This load test allows you to understand how many users your system can handle, and how they affect specific areas of your application, like during checkout, for example. Load testing websites and applications should be undertaken frequently and therefore, be integrated into your CI cycle.
Application stress testing checks the stability and robustness of the system under extreme loads and how it recovers from failure. Stress testing websites and applications aim to ensure that servers don’t crash while undergoing a sudden high load for a considerable amount of time. This test simulates a load higher than the expected breaking-point.
Stress testing for websites or applications should be run before important events like Black Friday Sales or the launch of campaigns expected to drive a lot of traffic to a site or application. A slow or downed e-commerce checkout could seriously affect sales and the organisation’s reputation.
Performance and Load Testing Process
- Review documentation.
- Review spriteCloud QA performance and load testing checklist.
- Meet to discuss the technical details of the environment.
- Documenting of test strategy.
- Documenting of test scenarios.
- Documenting of test execution activities.
- Documenting of the timelines.
- Recording user scenarios as defined in the Performance and Load Testing Checklist.
- Migrating the local user scripts to the desired load test platform for customisation for testing purposes.
- Test run to ensure each script is correct and the SUT is fit for use.
- A test profile is the configuration of a test where you can customise the load over a set duration, to produce a mimic a specific real-world situation.
- Running (at least once) and re-running (as time permits) each test type and recording the results.
- The result from the performance test are drawn up and added to the Performance and Load Test Plan document.
In this latest post in our “Getting to know us” series we got the opportunity to talk with Travis Hatridge,
In this first pilot episode of the podcast, we talk with spriteCloud’s Chief Operations Officer, Martin Cunnington, and Quality Assurance
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have just passed, although the sales took a dip for the first time, online sales
The spriteCloud adventure started in 2009 and a few years later Martin joined the (small) team. Back then, the company