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Top 7 Web Application Testing Practices for QA Professionals

July 25, 2018

Top 7 Web Application Testing Practices for QA Professionals

The growth of mobile apps and the drop in desktop browsing have made it necessary for enterprises to build mobile-friendly websites. Nowadays, each and every enterprise requires web applications that deliver a smarter user experience across platforms, devices and browsers. And, that is the primary reason why developers have to concentrate thoroughly on a website or application’s functionality, availability, usability, performance, and security to improve its user experience. Besides, the testing professionals have to evaluate all phases of the web application under diverse user conditions to evaluate its user experience specifically.

Day by day, as websites need to be evaluated across various different areas, the expert QA professionals need to give more time and efforts to measure all aspects of the website efficiently. At the same time, testing professionals also need to keep in mind a number of best practices to stimulate the web application testing process and deliver secure test results.

Here are the 7 practices for skilled QA Testers to accelerate Web Application Testing

1) Concentrate on Cross-Browser Compatibility Testing

Most enterprises these days prefer responsive web design to make their web applications produce a smarter user experience on each and every device. The latest strategy requires developers to make websites responsive by using web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Currently, older versions of several web browsers do not support HTML5 completely. So, software testers need to monitor how the app performs on both older as well as the latest versions of major web browsers. They can even use specific automation tools to test the application across multiple browsers quickly and effortlessly.

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2) Measure Application’s Performance Under Multiple Circumstances

In order to evaluate the actual functioning of the application on all browsers and devices, it is even more important to ensure that it does not crash under heavy loads. Sometimes, minor flaws or defects in the coding or design can affect the website’s performance negatively. So, software testers must assess how the application functions under varying loads.  They even use load testing tools to evaluate the performance of the application under varying loads on the server effectively. Moreover, they should perform load testing frequently to ensure that the performance of the website is not affected by the changes made to the code.

3) Test Each and Every Element of a Web Application

While testing a web application, nowadays QA professionals usually focus on functionality, features, and performance. But an enterprise must request software testers to evaluate each and every necessary element of the website in context to its functionality and execution. For E.g., QA specialists must evaluate the key principles of the web application which includes Cookies, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, dead-links, windows reframing, browser control and security. The extensive testing will make the website provide a better user experience over an extended time period.

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4) Execute the Load Tests in Intervals

In order to evaluate the website's performance under varying loads, it is very essential for  QA professionals to accelerate load testing. But, one thing that needs to be performed is load tests over multiple intervals to check whether the web application performs under varying load situations. During the initial stages, they gradually increased user load so they can perform load testing and so it would make simple for testers to classify the exact point where the web application crashes. But, software testers must perform load tests over several intervals and analyze the load testing result of each interval to evaluate the performance of the website appropriately.

5) Test Web Services Individually

Most web applications nowadays use multiple kinds of web services. But an enterprise needs to be completely sure that the web services used by the application are tested individually and thoroughly and as separate components. QA professionals must test the web services before they are combined with the application. This will enable them to test the web services instantly with better control over their functionality. Along with this, testers can also send a request to the web browser straight away and evaluate its performance without using a web browser.

6) Pick up the Right Factors for Usability Testing

QA professionals must evaluate the  UI interface as well as the user experience of web applications to produce accurate test results. They must also perform usability testing based on the most appropriate factors.  And at the same time, an enterprise needs to choose a number of key factors like UI design, performance, speed, content readability, convenience, and navigability. The testers must follow all possible user actions to check the time period required to perform specific tasks.

An enterprise automates UI testing efforts for web apps to immediately check the look and feel, performance and usability of the web application across multiple web browsers. Moreover, it also focuses on development, support and maintenance and reusability of automated tests to test the front-end of the web application more efficiently.

7) Work with an IT Professionals

Businesses adopt agile methodology or DevOps which are both currently on the rise. Agile methodology wanted businesses to unite testing activities as well as software development. In order to test the web application during software development lifecycles, testers need to coordinate with business analysts, software developers, and prospects. DevOps needs professionals to unite software testing, development and deployment activities. Therefore, software testers need to thoroughly understand how to work with IT professionals and development teams.

Many users experience various types of applications whether they are web, mobile or desktop based. And considering the variety of devices, the ease of access has increased substantially since the last few years. Day by day, testing is getting complicated as there are innumerable developments in the software industry. TestingWhiz follows a thorough QA strategy that manages the unique challenges and requirements in relation to testing web applications. So, connect with our QA professionals to enhance and perfect the complete user experience of your application with our latest testing strategies.

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