When you first start a website, it’s important to know that it will operate smoothly. If they don’t, this will set a very bad initial impression, and the people that first visit your site will be unlikely to return. Unfortunately, some websites run less smoothly when there is significant traffic. In order to start off on a good foot, load testing (also called stress testing) is recommended for all new website owners. This essentially means that the website is tested with artificial traffic, and it is observed. If it does not run smoothly, you can work out the issues prior to officially launching the website.
There are a number of different services that are available for this. When you simply type in load testing services on a search engine, there are numerous results that come up. However, how do you know which service is the best one to use? Well, there are different things to consider. While price is a factor, do not simply use the cheapest service that you find. It is crucial that the service is reputable, because the success of your new website could depend upon it.
One option is to use the services of large, well-known companies. This will ensure that the services provided are reputable. For instance, IBM offers load testing services for website owners. The name of the service that they provide is the Rational Performance Tester. There also is a Java Desktop App that is used to stress test websites. This service is quite well known and reputable. Another service is available from Microsoft. Microsoft’s Visual Studio is very well known, and it has been used to test many successful websites. The number and success of the websites that have been tested by Microsoft Visual Studio is quite impressive to say the least, and it can work well for your website, as well.
However, there are often drawbacks to specific services, even if they are reputable ones. For this reason, it is crucial to do significant research on any load testing program that you use. Read reviews of the service, prior to using it. In many cases, there will be a significant number of reviews, and this can give you a good idea of what other people think of the service. If the reviews appear negative or there are specific drawbacks that stand out, simply find another service. There are many of them out there.