With intense loads of traffic parading through your site, stress will manifest itself somewhere. Hopefully, not in between your user and his chair. There are many reasons to test your app’s performance before it goes live, but your user is the most important.
Stress Your App
Remember our post about building a Robust App? We talked about the 3-Step method to building a stronger app. Now we’re here to tell you to begin using that method as early in your development process as possible.
We’re developers here, but imagine if car manufacturers didn’t test their vehicles before they let their customers use them? You can imagine some of the nuisances the new car owners might experience: failure to start, failure to go, engine failure, failure of locking mechanisms, break failure… etc., and you would expect a car manufacturer to have some kind of check in place to make sure that all of those important details operate properly before handing over the keys.
For a car manufacturer, it’s more than just customer experience, it’s a safety issue. As for developers, the same thought process still applies. Handing over the keys to your site when you haven’t checked to see if it might crash? Not a good idea.
Don’t Stress The Users
The users are your audience, your bread and butter. They pay money and time for the content you provide, and you owe it to them, and yourself to “kick the tires” before presenting your app to the public.
You may have a top-notch marketing team that’s successfully bringing visitors to your site in droves, only to have a high bounce back rate due to performance issues. You may be silently thinking to yourself, “We don’t have the best performance, but our audience loves us so much that they’ll be patient with our slow loading, off and on again content…,” and you would be sadly mistaken. Hopefully (at least I would like to think), this isn’t you.
You already understand from personal experience: users hate waiting, they hate having to try multiple times to make one thing happen, and they have absolutely no tolerance for things that crash or are just plain unavailable. We use the internet. We get it.
There is hope- with load testing, comes the ability to spare your users the agony of waiting to reach your content, by helping you make sure it always gets there on time.
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