If your software project slows down or crashes after it's launched because of too many users, there aren't many options to fix it. Based on our experience, to avoid these problems when launching the system, it's important to carefully plan its structure right from the start.

We address this during the planning and analytics phase. We figure out how many users we expect and design the system to handle even more than that. Additionally, the project team presents the finalized architecture to developers not involved in the project for feedback and suggestions. Then, we update the plan based on their suggestions to make sure the system can handle the users after it's launched.

Suppose this was overlooked during the planning stage and the system struggles with the load upon launch. In that case, we recommend starting by identifying "bottlenecks" – code errors that slow down the system and make it unstable.

Identify bottlenecks in the system

To fix a problem,  you first have to know what's causing it.

We use stress testing for this. Bots act like real users, testing each part of the system until it breaks down. Testers find the parts that break down first. Then, developers make those parts stronger to stop the system from crashing.

We also make stress testing easier by automating it. This means tests happen before every time we release or update the system.

This approach offers the advantage of avoiding a complete system redesign. Instead, fixes are applied only where necessary, ensuring smooth operation. However, for a long-term solution, a full system check is recommended.

Conduct a system audit

Besides stress testing, we suggest doing a system audit. This means developers carefully check the code and structure to assess their quality. During the audit, we look at seven main things:

  • Code Formatting – how the code looks
  • Best Practices – if it follows modern standards
  • Maintainability – how easy it is to keep it working
  • Architecture – how well it's built
  • Documentation – if there's good documentation
  • Safety – how safe it is
  • Efficiency – how well it runs

You can read more about each criterion here

The important thing about the audit is that it helps developers find and fix problems with how the system handles lots of users. We give a detailed report showing how well each thing is doing, with explanations and examples.

To sum up

When addressing load issues, identify bottlenecks through stress testing for immediate solutions. For a deeper look, think about doing a thorough system check. This ensures you try all the possible solutions before redoing everything.

If you're having the same problem – we offer you a free system audit with a detailed report and recommendations.

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