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Using WebPageTest on Shopify preview sites with passwords

WebPageTest is an amazing tool for testing performance. However, unlike running Chrome Dev Tools locally, it runs on an outside server. If our Shopify preview site requires a password, testing it becomes a challenge. Luckily we can use the scripting feature in WebPageTest to overcome this obstacle.

In this short video, I walk you through all the steps to use WebPageTest for preview sites with passwords:

Here is the pattern for the script code:

setCookie origin name=value
navigate page

And here is an example of using that pattern to set the storefront_digest cookie on the origin then navigating to a product page to test:

setCookie storefront_digest=6do1not2share3publicly3f0

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