How to Use Siege to Load Test Your WordPress Website

Loading testing is an essential part of web development which is usually forgotten or neglected until a website is under intense load. It is useful for testing the performance of your site, and the infrastructure that it runs on.

There’s nothing more terrible than having a page on your site posted on a popular site like Facebook or Reddit and watching your site crumble under the load. Siege can stimulate multiple requests to your site, it’s able to measure the response times across the various requests.

Typically, once you are running the siege process, you can visit the website you are testing to experience how the website will perform when users are browsing it. Siege allows you to replicate how your website will perform when a certain number of simultaneous visitors come to your website.

In this post, we will be covering one of the tools that we use when working with our clients. We will go over the installation of Siege on OS X and Linux, and run a basic load test with Siege.