Introducing MageSpeedTest.com V2 – Performance test Magento from 4 different countries

March 28, 2011

I’m very proud to announce the second release of my Magento Speed testing tool, MageSpeedTest.com – the best way to test the speed and performance of your Magento store.

Magespeedtest Version 2

I have spent a bit of time on adding multiple test data centers and quite a look-and-feel overhaul too. The thing that has really perplexed me though is what YouTube video to embed when announcing the biggest change of all – premium subscriptions. I couldn’t decide between these two, so here they both are:

So…yes I have sold out, I’m going to try not giving away all the code I write for a change and make a few bucks on what I hope is the best way to test the speed of your Magento store.

You’re Charging Money?!

Yes. Setting up 4 different load testing servers in 4 different cities around the world and hooking them up to Google App Engine costs Real Money™ so I am asking frequent users to pay $5/month to be premium subscribers. All the usual functionality that was free before, is still free – but the new extended functionality described below will cost to use. The good news is you can cancel your subscription any time, so if you only want to do some testing for a week or two while initially setting up your store, you don’t have to pay for more than a month.

Why Subscribe to Premium? What’s new?

Here’s my pitch of the new features,

  • It’s only $5/month
  • Performance test Magento stores from 4 different data centers globally
  • Run longer tests to find complex performance issues
  • Tests with many more simulated users
  • No cool-down period running repeated tests*
  • You can cancel your premium subscription at any time
  • Support MageSpeedTest.com (and Ashley) by subscribing

You can check out the new speed testing features, and subscribe here. Because it’s built using Google App Engine, the account log-in is all via your Google Account, so you don’t even have to create yet-another-password to sign up.

What’s next?

Well, now that I have made the investment in servers around the world I have a few other ideas to extend this infrastructure. The most obvious is more, better Magento testing. To achieve that I am going to make a simple free Magento extension that lets MageSpeedTest better simulate real customer behavior (adding to cart, checking out etc).

I’m also going to extend my current Magento webstore monitor to use the 4 different servers so that it can do a better job of testing stores are alive.

So please go subscribe, try out the new features, and let me know what you think.

Ashley

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Hi! I'm Ashley Schroder, a Software Engineer from New Zealand - this is a collection of notes on my experiences with Ecommerce Web Development, particularly Magento Development.

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6 responses to Introducing MageSpeedTest.com V2 – Performance test Magento from 4 different countries

  1. Great tool – could you do us a favor and explain the Bruce Willis movie scale?

    Thanks,
    Floyd

  2. Hi, Floyd – The movie scale thing was just my lame-duck attempt at comedy. The ratings go from 1 – 5, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the best. For example; to get a 5 you need to be getting >= 10 transactions per second and <= 2 seconds per transaction.

  3. Nice update Ashley! But where is the Google login for? 🙂

  4. Hi, Guido this comment ended up in the spam queue – sorry for the delay!

    Google account is just the quick/easy way to do account login on Google App Engine (which is what I built the tool on). I won’t send you spam to gmail, don’t worry!

  5. “This earns you a performance rating of 2 on the Bruce Willis Movie scale, you are Bruce Willis as Mr. Goodkat in Lucky Number Slevin. ”

    Dangit! And I thought my store was getting pretty speedy! Guess when you start out with each load taking 2 seconds and you get it down to under a second, everything seems fast. =)

  6. Under 2 seconds is good, it might just be the throughput that’s letting you down. Keep trying!