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Load Testing Your WordPress Site at Pagely

Prepare for the unexpected! Load testing is a great tool for measuring the upper limits of your web server and determining where your individual threshold lies. If you’re a high-traffic media publisher that sees a lot of volatility around a hot article going viral or you’re launching a major campaign, simulating traffic will give you a direct look into how your VPS will hold up. Once we have an understanding of performance and when to expect your server to begin wavering, we can help formulate the right strategy for success.

Using a 3rd Party Load Testing Service

If you have a load testing partner already in mind, great! We’d be happy to work with them. If you need some direction, we have a few select facilities we can recommend you use.

Before setting up your environment and selecting a load testing tool, please contact us first by opening a support ticket to discuss which solution we feel is best for your testing needs. As soon as your server’s ready, we’ll providing whitelisting of your IP’s so you can fire this up. Once we have the results of your tests, we can fine-tune and offer recommendations for optimizing to give you the best performance available.

Setting Up Your Load Testing Service

As you begin the testing phases, it will be important to make sure you simulate the actual traffic pattern of your real traffic. For example, if your users will be hitting the site and adding items to their cart and going through a checkout process, sending a bunch of traffic to the homepage won’t be a true, accurate reflection of performance. Most services let you simulate the traffic patterns to an extent, so it’s going to be a matter of determining what that is exactly and testing with that behavior in mind.

Leverage Our Team of Experts

Pagely’s complimentary in-house testing lets us easily load test against specific URL’s or to simulate the activity of a search engine indexer. These are more generalized tests to help verify cached content performance, what’s hitting or missing cache, uncached performance, search performance, and the like. While these are extremely insightful, they don’t paint a complete picture for us. This is why we recommend more structured 3rd party transaction tests for the full results.

Resizing Your Web Server

Running load tests ahead of a website launch can help you set more informed expectations around performance during your peak traffic times. If you’re anticipating a spike in traffic around a scheduled event, upgrading your plan is easy and we offer these on a temporary basis to ensure your users are served successfully once they hit your site. We’re here to help you determine the right size plan based on those results.

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