Increasing the Performance of Your Website – Simple Tips

One of the easiest ways to increase the performance of a page is by decreasing the size of the page. By decreasing the size of a webpage it can increase the speed in which the page loads up. Another idea is shrinking any images on the page, by having really large images to load it may be slowing down the load time. If there are to many images this can also lead to slower load times. There are tools for checking the speed of ones website, which can be necessary if someone thinks their page is running slow. The Pingdom Website Speed Test is one test someone can use to test out the websites speed.

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Another way to improve the site performance is by using a heatmap tracking system, crazy egg is a good one this ensures the visitors are clicking where the provider wants them to click. If the visitors are clicking the wrong spot the web designer may want to fix whatever the problem may be. Google has another tool with tips and tricks to make a page faster called PageSpeed Insights. Since 50 percent of people are using their mobile devices when they are loading this website making ones page mobile friendly can be a great step in improving a pages performance.

A content delivery network is a way to take websites, images, web pages, pictures, etc and use a closer server so that it loads faster. CacheIng as much as possible will also help the page load faster by reducing the bandwidth. Profiling the page can also increase the speed by helping get rid of things that are unnecessary or things on the page that can be optimized. It’s important for the web server to be working well in order to maximize the pages performance. The web server is the brains of the whole site so it’s very important to monitor this to keep your page at its highest quality. If the person making the website is new and does not know how to regulate the web server fiddler is a good program to help that person monitor the page to see where any problems on the page might be.

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Techopedia – What is Load Testing

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Load Testing – What Is It?

Load testing is a process of measuring a computing or software system’s performance while simulating the expected demand those systems are likely to encounter. This is often done in programs where multiple users are accessing the same program at the same time, such as a website which can experience heavy traffic during peak times. There are also instances where load testing is necessary in single user applications as well. While loading large files, running reports or accessing graphic content programs can see a heavy load and its important to see if the program responds in a timely manner and without errors. In either case, the load test is a great way to measure the performance of the system during what is anticipated to be peak demand.

Load-TestingLoad testing is conducted once a system is near completion, when most systems are active. This allows the test to simulate multiple users performing a multitude of tasks simultaneously. This is different than the functions testing that occurs during the building process which typically only tests one function or user at a time. The load test process is a useful tool for designers of these systems to anticipate where they may see failures, bottle necks, system lag or other bugs due to high demands on the system, and engineer solutions to mitigate that risk or avoid them all together.

A stress test varies from a load test in that is is designed to bring a system to the point of failure, by putting what is anticipated to be an unrealistically high demand on the system. The stress test pushes the outer reaches of the system’s capabilities to let the engineers know when a system will fail, and analyze just how catastrofic the failure can be. This gives the designers a chance to make adjustments that can make failures less severe and easier to recover from. It is important to note that a load test can become a stress test if it pushes the system to it’s breaking point unexpectedly.

Both types of tests are tools that can be used before bringing a system online to check for potential pitfalls that may exist. Depending on the application one or both of these tests may be necessary to understand how the system will respond to high demand. If you’re looking for additional information on load testing, you can read more (including tutorials) on a variety of sites across the web. Wikipedia, TechTarget, and other similar sites are good places to start you research.