An outline of the main aspects of load simulation methods such as HTTP, headless, and real browser-based followed by a comparison matrix, to help you choose an appropriate simulation approach.
Let’s face it – the ideal load test emulates real world traffic, yet most load testing software doesn’t come close. A series of GET requests from an in-house server can’t possibly replicate what actually happens when a website sees a sudden increase in users from all over the world.
Dotcom-Monitor has just added an external web site load stress testing tool to its suite of executive class website and network monitoring services.
Very few website monitoring companies offer load testing tools or services. Dotcom-Monitor’s service offers businesses the opportunity to customize each test based on their individual needs. Agents positioned around the globe simulate real users, performing whatever application is being stress tested, such as a shopping cart, form, forum, etc., or multiple applications at once.
Dotcom-Monitor’s web load testing service differs from most stress test tools because it is external. Most tools are internal, monitoring from very close to a company’s web server. External agents, such as Dotcom-Monitor’s on three continents, more closely simulate real user behavior.