One of the most common impediments to the user experience on websites is an issue many people don’t think of as directly relating to UX. The ability of a site to stand up to the stress of a number of users logging on and going through the site can pose a surprising array of problems. A common method for trying to identify these types of challenges is load testing. By seeing how a site holds up to large amounts of stress, it may be possible to actually improve the experience for users.
Why Load Matters
The more trouble a site has handling the incoming load of requests and outgoing load of responses, the less likely it will be to work properly and quickly. Users strongly prefer websites that load rapidly. Most estimates indicate that users begin abandoning a site that hasn’t fully loaded after 9 seconds. Even committed users who enjoy a particular site and stick around past that point are apt to have a diminished experience, according to WebHostingBuddy.com. [Read more…] about How Load Testing Improves the User Experience