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Real Browser Tutorial #1:
First Recording

This site exists for users of Web Performance Load Tester to practice performance testing.

1. Start Recording

Start recording by clicking on the red record button, and a selection dialog will appear showing available Real Browser and Virtual Browser recording options.

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Since this is a Real Browser tutorial select Chrome from the Real Browser section on top, shown below.

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2. Browse

Next, simply browse through a couple of the posts on this site, being careful not to do anything too complicated for your first time.  While you record, the URLs will show up in the test case editor.  When you’re done recording, click on the black stop button:

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The newly recorded test case will show up in the Navigator Tab in the “Browser Testcases” folder:

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3. Replay Test Case

To see if the recorded test case does what you expect, click on the green replay button.  A live browser window will appear you can  watch the test case play back.

Don’t mess with the browser while its playing back or you could put the browser in a different state and cause it to fail.

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Congratuations!  You’ve just recorded your first working test case and done a replay with a single user.   Before continuing, but sure to click on the black “Stop” button to officially end the replay and get rid of the browser window.

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4. Load Test

You can generate a quick load test with up to 5 concurrent users by clicking on the Load Test button to bring up the Load Test Configuration Dialog.  Simulating more than 5 concurrent on your desktop with real browsers isn’t advisable since the browser measurements wouldn’t be accurate, and the windows take over your computer.

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Customize the load test, click OK, and you’re ready to run your first load test by clicking on the green Start button:

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The Load Configuration will show up in the Navigator Section in the Load Configurations folder:

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The load testing screen will show up, and you can click on the Load Engines tab to see details about the load generation, or configure a server monitor in the Servers Tab.

5. View Report

Once the test case is finished you’ll be prompted to view the report, but you can access it any time by expanding the Load Configuration to show the test case report and the date and time it was run.  You’ll want to rename this to reflect what you were testing at the time.

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To navigate to the various sections of the report click on the  dropdown at the top of the report window:

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6. Learn More

This is just the most basic operation, so you’ll want to play around or follow the other tutorials on this site or check out the huge list of tutorials at www.webperformance.com.

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