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  • Do you know how much load your website can take concurrently?

    Check out these tools to perform a load test on your site.

    Knowing your website capacity is essential for your online business. We put a lot of effort into designing, securing & SEO but often forget to know how many concurrent users can be served without compromising the website performance.

    The following tools will help you find out some hits your website can take before it dies or degrades the performance.

    LoadView

    LoadView lets you start stress-testing your site for free by giving away $20 in credits you can use for on-demand testing. This amount allows for a couple of tests with default parameters. If you like the service, you can keep using it on-demand, paying for each test, or signing for a monthly or annual subscription. Prices of the subscription plans range from $199 per month to $1499 per month.

    All plans include ten geographical zones, 180-day data retention, dedicated load injectors, Amazon and Google Cloud support, and load test behind the firewall. Some unique features differentiate LoadView from other stress-testing platforms, such as testing with real browsers and providing enterprise-level testing and world-class 24/7 tech support.

    You get three load test curves into a single platform.

    • Load step
    • Goal-based
    • Dynamic

    With the help of EveryStep web recorder, you can build complex scripts in minutes, which you can run against more than 40 desktop and mobile browsers. You can use LoadView to run a stress test on the website, complex web applications, API, or web services.

    Flood IO

    Flood IO is a cloud-based performance testing service where you can upload your JMeter, Selenium test plan, or build your test using their GUI.

    The good thing about Flood is you can generate load tests with unlimited concurrent users in a free plan with few limitations.

    Considering unlimited concurrent users, you can use Flood not just for website performance testing but many others like DNS load, API, etc.

    You get a real-time timeline of load test with concurrent users, response time, network throughput, latency, transaction metrics.

    Loader

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    Loader lets you run a load test for one minute with 1000 user requests in the free account. Not bad to run against 1000 users for free.

    Loader.io offers an option to configure a number of requests, error threshold for a timeout, request method like GET/POST, Protocol like HTTP/HTTPS, Headers, Body Parameters & response variables.

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    Load Storm

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    Load Storm allows you to stress test against your web application with ten users for 10 minutes with a free account.

    I know ten users are very less for load test, but if you are looking to see the test in action and understand the metrics, it’s not bad.

    loadstorm-test-results

    Blazemeter

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    If you love Jmeter, you must try Blazemeter. Setting upload scenario properties is very easy and allows you to test from Ireland, Virginia, California, Singapore, Oregon, Sydney, Tokyo, and Sao Pulao.

    You can perform load for up to 50 users in the free account, and end of the test; you will get a test summary, load report, monitoring, logs, errors, etc.

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    LoadFocus

    LoadFocus offer multiple testing solutions.

    • JMeter load testing
    • Visual regression
    • API load testing
    • Website speed testing
    • Mobile emulation
    • UI testing

    You can perform 20 concurrent users’ tests in a free account. The platform is capable of testing up to 600,000 users in real-time.

    OctoPerf

    OctoPerf is a SaaS-based performance testing tool powered by JMeter for the web, API, REST & mobile app. You can design, monitor, execute, and analyze the website perform through a web browser.

    Each test comes with an option to download the beautiful report where you get the following.

    • Test/statistics/results summary
    • Hits rate and response time
    • Request details
    • Response time breakdown
    • Average response time
    • Throughput
    • Error details

    K6

    Create your test using a browser extension or test-builder GUI and run them on the K6 cloud platform.

    You can scale for up to 100,000 concurrent users and execute tests using CLI, CI pipelines, or web GUI. You can initiate a test from 17 geolocation. Test results are easy to understand, and you can filter them for in-depth visualization.

    K6 offer 50 cloud test for free.

    Conclusion

    I hope the above cloud-based services help you perform the load test on your web applications for better capacity planning. Alternatively, if you are looking to use JMeter in-house and need some guidance, check out this video course.

    Next, check out webserver load test tools to benchmark the performance.