This year, it was the first time when Oscars were livestreamed on the internet and ABC surely messed the whole affair. During the Oscars transmission, the ABC website crashed and burnt when cinema fans across the US (yes, it was a US-only thing) visited to watch the prestigious award show live.
— gene tsai (@sircambridge) March 3, 2014
Yeah! Watching nothing for 30 minutes is such fun. Oh well, let’s come to the point.
Was it preventable? Yes.
Usually such things can be countered by proactive planning and reassessing your capacity. For web based environments, load testing is the best way to check the limits of the project. While load testing can be done in different ways, virtual-user-based testing is the best way of doing it.
In virtual-user-based testing, the system creates bots that act like visitors spending some time on your website. These bots come in lots of thousands of numbers at once on the testing environment continuously for a defined time period. This process checks the sustainability of both the server setup and web app code.
This testing activity assists web app owners in making smart decisions about their project.
Cloudways believes in making lives of web project administrators easier by providing them smart tools for assessment and planning. Our newest Application Load Test addon is the proof of that.
Through this addon, you will be able to stress test your projects on the parameters set up by our experts with consultation from your team.
In a basic testing procedure, 5,000 virtual users are created for a 10-minute test. During this duration, the virtual users send requests to the web app environment to see if it will be able to survive this load or not.
Again, I would remind you that it is just a basic test. If you want a more rigorous challenge for your web server and app, then have a word with our experts and they’ll happily manage your requirements.
Why do you need load testing?
You probably would think: “I am not a corporation like ABC. I do not need this.” Well, part of this is correct, but part of it is wrong. You do need this because traffic spikes do not come with warnings. You never know when your product, content, or any website-related asset can go viral.
By load testing your setup, you can find out how much the amount of traffic you can handle. This helps in deploying proactive measures in order to avert downtime scenarios. It also assists you in developing contingency plans for the performance of your web app.
Yes, you are not ABC, but you do not want to lose visitors either. So, get tested and know how much stress your cloud setup can sustain.
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Saad is the Senior Editor at Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. He is a technology enthusiast who loves to blog about emerging technologies and trends. When he is not blogging, he goes to the beach to find inspiration for his fictional stories.