In today's world everything has to happen fast in order for it to be considered as efficient; We as a society depend heavily on more MBPS and quick loading screen times to suit our needs. However when it comes down to creating your own website there seems to be many ways to customize a page but clog the page as easily. Every oversized picture or cluster of unorganized HTTP coding will slow your site down dramatically and studies have shown that anything more than a 1 second delay in loading is going to have a heavy impact on your site's views.
Software Systems or Websites will go through several tests before being made available to the general public. While there are several different forms of Performance testing available there is one that addresses the more basic of needs to these System's successes.
Load Testing is the answer. Load testing falls under the most common uses of Performance testing that essentially makes sure that a program or website will work the way that it's designed to work. Optimally it's best used to ensure that your project will be able to handle at it's anticipated worst such as peak traffic hours or just realistic stress standards in general. This test will be essential in pinpointing what might be slowing down your website and thus will allow a solution to be made available to you.
However it's easily confused with Stress Testing where your website is put through the most brutal tests of highly unrealistic standards all in order to find how much it can take before completely breaking. It may seem rather pointless to put something through so much stress but the point is not to just test the limits of your software but to also ensure that when it does break, it does so cleanly. However it's cautioned that without proper preparation, Load Testing could easily become Stress testing. Some tools like this may be able to perform both load testing and stress testing.
Both forms of testing can be useful for ensuring the success of your website and there are many tools available, both programs and online forums, to aid in your Load Testing needs.