March 17, 2016
So you have a website which looks great on a particular browser but, what if it looks awful or works inaccurately on the other? Yes, you would lose a returning visitor.
To ensure that your web application or website perform accurately on all the browsers, performing cross browser testing is necessary due to the fact that browsers have a different method of rendering the site, in which case differences and errors might occur in the layout, feature or functionality.
Well, traditional cross browser testing requires you to load your website or application on computers and mobile devices and test it in the combination of browsers. However, the success of this would depend on as many computers, mobile devices, browsers and operating systems you can purchase or install. Since in today’s time, the number of browsers, their versions, operating systems have increased, it is more than difficult to test your app against each of these due to time limitation and acquisition cost.
Fortunately, there are several tools that simulate browsers and let you test your app and check if it successfully displays/functions on the intended browser, resolution, and platform. But how to know which one meets your requirement.
Here is a quick walk-through of the top 10 cross browser testing tools which are frequently used by testers and comparison between them to ease the selection.
3. Sauce Labs
TestingBot offers manual and automated cross browser testing on hundreds of browsers. With support for different flavors of native and mobile browsers, TestingBot is suitable for both web and mobile app testing. With TestingBot, you can view screenshots and videos and ascertain success and failure of tests through powerful reporting. TestingBot also provides security and parallel testing and many more utilities.
Browsera is another tool to compare websites across different browsers and identify errors and differences with ease. With Browsera, you can test entire websites containing links as well as dynamic content and also test page backend without the need to install the tool. It works by crawling pages on your site and test them for inconsistencies instead of just comparing the screenshots.
MultiBrowser another great, cross-browser testing tool that comes with standalone web and mobile browsers. It also provides on-the-fly browsers and browser launcher to help you test your apps without installation. Plus, it allows you to perform functional testing with easy record and playback feature. MultiBrowser also provides side-by-side testing functionalities and spell check in four languages – English, Spanish, German and French.
10. Microsoft Super Preview
Microsoft Super Preview is a standalone tool to test web pages for cross-browser compatibility. It works for Internet Explorer and Firefox for Windows, however, it also provides online services to test on Chrome, Safari for Mac, Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9. With Super Preview, you can also compare pages side-by-side and test multiple pages with multiple remote and local browsers. It also comes with debugging tools for the DOM and onion skinning.
Hope you find this comparison of top cross-browser testing tools, useful to choose the best automation testing tool for your cross-browser testing needs. Do you use any of these tools or wish to add some other cross-browser testing tool? Share your answers in the comments section below.
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