Configuring a stress test requires you to select a type of testing task. LoadView will replicate this task to simulate virtual user load during testing. This article is intended to help you make a decision on which task type to use for your stress test.

The task choice depends on whether you want to test a web application, web page, or HTTP/S task. 

Selecting the Web Applications task will allow you to track load impact with scripted actions. Select Web Page if you need to test single web page performance by opening it in a real browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, mobile browsers/devices, etc.).  To test web resource limits by sending HTTP/S requests to the target URL without opening it in a browser, select the HTTP/S option.

For additional details, read our Comparison of HTTP vs. Real Browser Stress Tests article.

Web Applications

Want to test the scalability of your web applications? Specifically, you may want to check if a large number of simultaneous users can browse the landing page, log into a web site and submit a form, or add a product to the shopping cart without significant delays. 

The Web Application task allows you to record user interaction steps on the target website, turn those steps into a script, and then reproduce it by emulating the specified number of concurrent users to your website.  Furthermore, this is the most comprehensive solution that utilizes real browsers to load and check all web elements responsible for user interaction. The task allows you to test browsing, web form submissions, and other types of user interaction with your web application. This allows you to determine which individual web elements are bottlenecks within overall performance. For additional details on configuring a Web Applications task, read more here.

Web Pages 

If you want to test single web page performance to ensure outstanding user experience, you can select the Web Pages task.  You can think of this as a simplified version of  the Web Applications task.  Modern web pages use a variety of web technologies (JavaScript, CSS, etc.) which define the user interface.  The task loads the page and renders all visible page content, including dynamic elements, in a real browser window to measure response times and display actual page performance.

The only limitation is the ability to test how load affects users’ interaction with the web page. For example, you can test a landing page with a login form to verify how it performs under extreme load, however, you cannot test the performance of web elements responsible for the form submission. For additional details on configuring a Web Page task, read more here.

HTTP/S

The HTTP/S task is the simplest way to test web resources or API (JSON, SOAP, etc) performance. This task allows you to check if a web resource can handle a particular load and ensure there is no significant delays in response time under load.

This type of test will not tell you if your website user interface is sensitive to the load, but allows you to test and better understand your server performance. For additional details on configuring an HTTP/S task, read more here.