Siege is an excellent way to stress test a web environment and or application. Much more flexible and “real world” than AB (Apache Bench), and a great way to see if your Web Hosting provider is providing you what they say they are. Essentially Siege simulates real users visiting your website and you can configure how they visit, how long they visit, and where among other things. Be warned though sending a bunch of virtual users to “Siege” a site can essentially cause a DOS attack and get you in some trouble, so follow this guide and tips carefully.
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