Application Performance Monitoring: Do You Really Need It?

Having a malfunctioning web application can damage a company’s reputation as well as create a bad user experience. In order to prevent bugs or web applications malfunctions from occurring businesses should take the necessary steps to a guarantee the site is properly functioning. The steps listed below can help to prevent bugs and help to create a positive user experience.


Test the system yourself
Some website owners do not understand the specifics of website development or coding. If you are one of these individuals you can do simple tests to make sure your website is bug free and functions properly. Start by clicking all of the links to make sure that the appropriate pages load. If your website application requires certain fields to be filled out then attempt to fill out those fields. If you notice everything works perfectly when you fill out the required fields, then see what happens when you leave certain fields out. The goal of the test is to see what the customer sees. If this test renders an error or error page then your web application could contain a bug.

Make sure your coding is up to date.
Keeping your website updated does not only include basic information such as phone numbers or address. Other information that cannot be seen by site visitors should also be updated. Web application coding and components should be regularly updated. This should help to keep outdated codes from causing glitches within your web application. This is especially necessary for individuals that constantly add components to their website. These components can conflict with the existing code and cause web application bugs to occur. Make sure that your web application functions properly by keeping your coding up to date.
Also, some the components that you have added to your website may have updated versions. Removing the outdated version and replacing it with the newer version can also keep your web application moving smoothly.

Further testing
Inspecting and testing your web application can help to find some bugs but for others a more in-depth test will be needed. You website developer will be able to administer such tests as grey-box testing, unit testing, integration testing, component interface testing, or system testing. These tests not only allow bugs or glitches to be identified but they also recognize vulnerabilities could become victim to hackers or viruses. If your website developer is not able to provide you with this service, there are software’s and other professionals that offer this service. There are also a number of services that you can use to keep testing your the performance of your applications automatically. Dotcom Monitor’s application performance monitoring tool is quite robust if you’re looking for an all around paid solution. There are also free solutions like OppsView and others.

Keep users coming back to your site by making sure that it is free of bugs and does not malfunction. Your business and your profits will thank you for it.