These days every application, no matter its a web, mobile or desktop, is encountering more user interface because of a variety of devices & advancement is also rising tremendously over the past few years. These facts make testing more challenging. If you are providing web or mobile app testing services, here are the things you shouldn’t be missing while testing a web application?
1. Requirement Gathering:
While starting the web application testing, gather the requirements first and get it clear until you are fully understood. Ask questions about what the web application is designed for & expected to do.
Request for documentation, website page schematic and designs or anything that is up to date which will help you to gain more information about the application. Because you cannot thoroughly test something if you are not aware of how it is expected to work.
3. Test Planning:
Tabulate everything before you start testing, since planning in advance helps significantly as you proceed with testing. Think about all the possible areas that could be tested and prioritize the most critical one.
4. Test Environment:
Set-up the separate test environment that is different from development and production environment. It should contain suitable web server, database server, and application server. The test environment should be a copy of the production environment if possible.
5. Analyzing the Design:
Continue analyzing about how the website works, like HTML, CSS and design fundamentals. You are not expected to be a web designer, but building a strong base of knowledge can always help to evaluate what you are testing in the future. This way you can build your own knowledge and skill, and you can also convey your perspective to the developers and designers to establish stronger relationships.
6. Testing in Phases:
Avoid testing everything at once, instead test the website in several phases. Like, functionality in the first phase, layout and styling in the second phase, proof reading all copies in the third phase, etc. This lets you to concentrate better and not get stressed.
7. Commence Testing:
Begin testing with a browser that is fairly strong, like Chrome or Firefox. This enables you to test the basic functionality and what the website should look like without many weird browser related issues such as may be found using IE8.
Then gradually move onto the next version and compare with the browser that you just tested. This should point out any differences between the browsers in terms of layout and styling related issues in terms of compatibility testing.
8. Testing types:
During web application testing perform the following types of testing to ensure specific testing needs.
Functional Testing: Start with the functional testing against the business requirements of the application.
Usability Testing: Usability testing for an application to make manual tasks easier, like correct navigation, site-map etc.
User acceptance Testing: User acceptance testing to ensure that an application gathers the prospects of the user.
Interface Testing: Interface testing for assuring the quality of software products.
Performance Testing: Test the web application’s performance under various scenarios through performance testing.
Security Testing: Perform the security testing to ensure any information leakage in terms of encrypting the data.
9. Automating the Regression:
In web testing, if repetitive task or regression testing is there, then automate it. As nowadays with the variety of automation tools (some of them are free), testers should not waste their time by manually doing the same thing over and over again.
10. Bug Reporting:
Finally, while logging the defects, be precise. Attach a screen-shot or video (if required) so that the developer can easily crack up the issue and understand what the problem is. Because if developer spends more time to work out what the problem is, consequently they will be left with less time to resolve it.
At last these points gives us a pretty good picture about the web testing tricks. But still it could vary depending upon the application, so pick them up accordingly & continue testing.
Over to you…..
Happy Testing !!!