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Load Testing Your Drupal Website

Posted by DC Denison on Aug 18, 2015
No one likes fuzzy math. It’s especially problematic when you’re conducting a load test and can’t accurately gauge concurrency. In this last blog of a series on load testing, here are some tips on how to avoid the fuzzy math that can distort your expectations of how a website will perform. Shaky...
Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 17, 2015
If you’re already working with Drupal 8 (no excuse, now that it's supported on the Acquia Platform), you're probably still exploring what it can do. There are more than 200 new features, so it may take a while.  But since this is a series about load testing, let's narrow our focus to what Drupal 8...
Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 14, 2015
Timing is everything, as they say, and that’s especially true when trying to optimize website performance. Last time out in this series on load testing, I offered ways to prepare for site visitors of all stripes. This time, let’s flip to the other side: back-end operations. Surely, how you maintain...
Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 11, 2015
Most of the people who visit your home are invited guests. You know which foods they like and probably don’t have to tidy too much if they’re relatives or close friends. Basically, you know how they’ll behave and can plan accordingly. If a website is like a home, then you really don’t know what to...
Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 04, 2015
You wouldn’t believe how many load tests fail to look beyond the home page. Seriously, many load tests focus on the home page and a few popular landing pages, neglecting to check most, or if not all, of the pages. No, it’s not enough to replicate the visits of several thousand users in an hour for...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 29, 2015
You’d hate to have your business struggle for critical resources such as skilled employees, Internet bandwidth, or even capital. The same is undoubtedly true for website performance.   For developers, “contention” refers to when many website visitors are simultaneously competing for your...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 22, 2015
Yes, Web development can get so intense sometimes that you don’t know if you’re up, down or even sideways. But seriously, going both vertical and horizontal is advisable if you want to achieve optimal site performance. In this blog, the second in a series about load testing, we’ll take a look at...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 20, 2015
It’s helpful to know the limitations of any tool you use: to recognize where it will bend and when it could possibly break. The same is true for your Web content management system. Why learn only after the fact that your system will sputter if, say, 500 visitors submitted a site query at the same...