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How Ticket Sales Broke Barriers for Glastonbury 2019

10/11/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, User Experience, Monitoring Insights, synthetic monitoring, Glastonbury, Load testing, Performance testing

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Glastonbury remains the most in-demand UK festival so it’s no longer a surprise to see the website crash on mainstream ticket-release day. The 2019 event sold out in 30 minutes, with a record number of people trying to buy tickets.

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Deliver Faster User Journeys and Better Conversions on Black Friday

7/2/18 / by Alex Painter posted in user journey, Real User Experience, real user monitoring, synthetic monitoring, Digital Performance Management, Performance testing, Load testing

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While it may seem like a distant prospect, Black Friday is coming and retailers are busy preparing for the busiest shopping period of the year. The holiday season is normally a busy time for us too, as we start carrying out performance tests on retail sites to get an idea of how they’ll behave when unprecedented visitor numbers put systems under equally unprecedented strain.

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Valentine’s Day: the Worst Day to Break Up with Your Customers

2/21/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, KPIs, Monitoring Insights, Performance testing, Load testing

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is big business.

It’s hard to avoid the ads, the promotions and the special offers, all dedicated to getting us to part with our hard-earned cash in return for some romantic gesture or other.

Away from the high-street stores, the restaurants and the garage forecourts, many consumers were doing their Valentine’s Day shopping online

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Performance Testing for Success during Peak

12/12/17 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, User Experience, Load testing, Performance testing

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Welcome to the second in our short series of updates on the services we’ve been improving and delivering during 2017.

Last week, we saw how Grace used the Performance Analyzer API to build performance KPIs into the development and release process. This week, meet John, who’s doing a lot better than he was this time last year……

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Can You Handle the Load?

11/22/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in Performance testing, Load testing, User Experience, User experience testing, cross-platform

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In the past few weeks, I’ve been getting daily emails about early access to retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Which got me thinking about two things: one, I hope retailers are prepared for the even earlier onslaught of online traffic, and two, the high stakes for site performance on the two busiest shopping days of the year.

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Black Friday - can your website handle it?

11/8/16 / by Tom Miseur posted in Black Friday, Business Outlook, Cyber Monday, eggPlant Performance, Load testing, Performance Test Tool, Performance testing, Real User Experience, Stress Test, Test automation, Web Performance

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It's that time of year again! Despite its questionable origins, Black Friday and the rush to find fantastic deals online doesn't seem to be slowing down at all... but can the same be said about your eCommerce website?

Black Friday, and, lest we forget the potentially more relevant Cyber Monday, are two very important dates for online retailers seeking to maximize profits. Site downtime has the potential to wipe millions of dollars off profits, especially if that downtime lands during the peak of the rush. However, outright downtime is not the only thing retailers should worry about.

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Getting started with performance testing: Round two!

5/24/16 / by Elizabeth Simons posted in automated testing, Automation testing, eggPlant Performance, Load testing, Load testing tool, load testing tools, Performance testing tool, QA tool, Stress testing, Test automation, testing automation, Testing Best Practise, Testing tool, Testing tools, Performance testing, Software load testing, Software test automation, software testing, Stress testing tool, Testing, Testing Methodology, Using eggPlant

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Some of you may have attended our “Getting Started with Performance Testing” webinar a couple of weeks ago. The event was such a success, we’re doing it again! For those of you who missed it, make sure to sign up for the next session here. In the meantime, I’ll give you a taste:

In this webinar, we will run through the basics of performance testing. For a lot of folks just introducing test automation into their company (or even those who are already doing functional test automation), performance and load testing can be daunting.

To help alleviate the stress and clarify some first steps, we decided to run this webinar to help break down the basics for getting started. Steps for getting started include planning and preparation, test architecture, constraints, test creation/ recording, execution, and results.

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