The Holidays Are Coming. Is Your Site Ready?

The holiday season can lead to either a traffic spike or slump depending on the type of website your business operates. Regardless of website traffic being in a feast or famine state, this is the most important time of the year to assess the workload your infrastructure can handle. A site that’s ready for aRead More

Understanding Your Infrastructure’s Usage and Load Characteristics

Usage and load characteristics are gauges for interpreting how much work an online platform performs, and how well it performs under stress. Understanding how your infrastructure performs isn’t as simple as assessing your car’s odometer to measure distance traveled, or its speedometer to measure the maximum speed. Usage and load characteristics provide insight into theRead More

5 Ways to Better Identify and Eliminate Application Failure Points

Failure points–places in an application’s infrastructure, network or API where errors typically occur–can be the downfall of good code. Whether your team is plagued by common failure points or you’re working out complicated bugs, these points can be frustrating, time-consuming, and even expensive if extensive downtime is incurred. Here are five ways to identify and eliminateRead More

Safe & Sound: How Performance Testing Promotes Security

Around the world, more and more companies and government organizations are reporting massive data breaches. These breaches don’t just cost them a significant amount of money–they can also jeopardize the hard-earned trust of their customers and employees. With this in mind, businesses of all sizes are tuned into the importance of data security. When traditionalRead More

Web Speed and Search – So What’s the Connection?

When it comes to web performance, speed and search share a lot more than just a couple of letters. The strongest platforms are designed with an awareness of the impact speed and search optimization have on user response, and implement effective tools for performance enhancement. Understanding the importance of these elements and how they workRead More

The E-Commerce Downtime Guide: What to Do if Things Go Wrong

With Mother’s Day just a few days away, many online retailers are facing a huge spike in traffic and demand. The best of these retailers prep for holidays like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Black Friday many months in advance, testing and optimizing web performance to be sure their site can handle each seasonal load. However, there isRead More

Help Your Site to Thrive Post “Mobilegeddon” – Adapting to Google’s Mobile-Friendly Search Algorithm

Photo credit: http://trafficandleadgenerator.com/ready-to-become-mobile-friendly-for-mobilegeddon-dont-panic-read-this/chrismcelroy/04/08/2015/ Let’s Embrace “Mobilegeddon” for What it Really is: an Opportunity for Growth Google’s massive mobile-friendly algorithm change went live Tuesday, and everyone is frantically wondering how their rankings may be affected moving forward. There is a lot of confusion surrounding specifics of the new algorithm, but to be clear, this update: Only affects rankings on mobileRead More

Measuring Web Performance – What Data Points Should You be Monitoring?

Measuring Web Performance These days, web performance is a hot topic. If your site’s performance is poor, you will simply be too slow to compete in the world wide web race. Users are more demanding than ever when it comes to web performance, and since dissatisfied customers are usually the loudest ones, a slight delayRead More

Apica Newsletter: January 2014

  2014 was an exciting year at Apica, but it couldn’t have been possible without our clients’ continued support. Thank you! Let’s take a look back at some of the achievements we accomplished together in the past year.   Infographic: 2014 Apica Stats     Important Feature Updates from the Past Year   Apica LoadTest TeamCity Plugin TheRead More

The 2015 Web Performance Planning Checklist

Web Performance is more important than ever before. Here are some tips and tricks to help get your site on the right track in 2015!   As we dive headlong into Q1, I know we’re all busy setting growth strategy and planning for 2015. Sales, Marketing, Dev, Operations – every department has goals and deliverablesRead More