4. Testing: Performance, Plugin & Security Checks
There are an abundance of tests available to check the health and security of your site. To handle traffic spikes associated with the shopping holidays, it is important to optimize your site before the traffic hits!
PageSpeed Insights by Google is a great place to start. A quick test will provide you with a score from 1-100 for both mobile and desktop performance. A priority list of items to work on along with instructions on how to fix provides a checklist to start knocking out tasks. Fixing these items will improve your site speed and your google ranking.
To see how your site performs when a lot of users are on the site at the same time, try Loader.io. The free account lets you run a load test for one minute with 1000 concurrent users.
Real time test monitoring provides response time, bandwidth and other important data. If you find issues with load response, contact your hosting provider to troubleshoot the issues.
Web security is more important than ever. To scan for vulnerabilities on your site, sign up for a free trial with Detectify. This service provides a comprehensive list of any potential security issues on your site, along with severity levels and descriptive reporting. In addition to running a security check, make sure all plugins, modules and patches are updated to the latest versions.