Natural WordPress benchmarking
I am planning on benchmarking various OS and HTTP daemons to host my WordPress site. A well-known (free) tool to benchmark Web servers is ApacheBench. But it can only use a single URL for each benchmark session.
A trick to achieve natural benchmarking on WordPress, or “simulate real users
browsing as much as possible”, is to use a random generated content ; using the
?orderby=rand parameter. This will allow the Web server to be used as if
several users were doing real things ; that is, reading various content:
# ab -n 20 -c 5 "http://www.tumfatig.net/?orderby=rand" This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 655654 $> (...) Concurrency Level: 5 Time taken for tests: 31.190 seconds Complete requests: 20 (...) Requests per second: 0.64 [#/sec] (mean) Time per request: 7797.489 [ms] (mean) Time per request: 1559.498 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests) (...)