Web Site Performance Monitoring Tools: Load Testing

Determining the performance of web site and web applications is important. In order to create sites users want to visit they need compelling content but they also need to provide the performance users expect.

One of the wonderful aspects of creating web applications is the availability of software as a service solutions to meet your needs. These include monitoring tools and tools for testing the performance of your sites.

Image of LoadView testing - $9.99/mo + load test costs of each test

In this post I look at load testing using LoadView Stress Testing service. Tests are not cheap. The cost is $9.99 a month for an account plus the costs of each stress test you run. The next image shows the breakdown of a small stress test on this blog which cost $8.25 to

image of a small load test cost breakdown ($8.25 total)

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Chrome Remote Desktop

I am more often frustrated by Google the last few years that pleased with them. But they do still provide some pretty awesome tools. For example, Chrome Remote Desktop lets you access a computer over the internet (and lets you to allow another user to access your computer securely over the internet).

Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.

screen shot of chrome remote desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks (including Android phones and iPhones). The iPhone app is new.

Some users worry about installing such an app given all the spying and hacking scandals. That is not a completely crazy worry. Google, and others, have been taking advantage of weak user control (and even bugs and work arounds to avoid stated user preferences) to track users and use that information to make money selling ads. With many cool and useful tools there are risk of them being misused. And practices of governments and huge corporations have been so egregious to give a sensible person pause. Still in the right situations this is a pretty cool looking tool (similar things exist but the combination of price [this being free] and simplicity make this interesting).

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