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Website & Web Application Testing: Challenges & Projections

December 17, 2013

Testing is one of the critical processes in application development. The success or failure of the application entirely depends on it. However, website testing is totally different from a conventional software testing. The web applications typically work in a distributed asynchronous manner. These applications are quite complicated and their interdependence between a wide range of web-components could cause more errors.

Web application testing challenges

With the advancement in web development technologies, web-based applications are rapidly becoming more ‘n’ more feature-rich. This adds more challenges to the web application testing. Since web applications are distributed and cater a wide range of audience website testing has become a daunting task due to its nature like multiplatform support, autonomous, co-operative and more. Such factors could be a big hurdle to the testing efforts and make web testing more challenging for the testers.

In this article, we’re going to discuss such factors affecting the web automation testing and impose challenges for the testers. The following challenges have been observed when testing modern web applications:

Ever rising popularity of different kinds of websites!

Starting from simple business websites, eCommerce websites, portfolio sites, to the multilingual websites, you can find a variety of websites over the internet. Each of these websites will have different usability, acceptance, security and optimization characteristics that one should keep in mind while performing web testing, specifically when testing multilingual websites.

While testing multilingual website, there are a lot of things to be considered, such as a GUI (Graphical User Interface), functionality, load, backend and so on. However, you can easily overcome such issues with the help web automation testing tools like TestingWhiz. With the help of its language customization feature, it easily lets you test multilingual websites effectively.

Technology Challenges

Web development technologies keep changing every now and then, and web developers love to incorporate latest technology enhancements within their websites or web applications. Therefore, in order to make web testing successful and effective, it has become crucial for the testing experts to continuously update their technical knowledge and skills. If someone fails to upgrade, it will consume time and make the testing less effective.

Dealing With Web Services

Most of all the modern web applications depend on a web services layer, such as XML/SOAP or JSON/REST. On the other hand, all the latest web automating testing tools hardly treat web services any differently than a conventional page request or response. Moreover, such tools often overlook the parameter values present within a web service request.

Of course, you can find manual tools available to tackle web services, but most of them are intended for the developers, not for the testers. So, testing web services is another critical challenge for the website testing experts.

Poor Bandwidth

Poor bandwidth or slow network speed is another challenge for the testers when it comes to perform website testing. Poor bandwidth may cause some components within a website to be downloaded with a time lag. This could cause errors to be thrown up during testing. So, if you’re testing any website, it is important that you consider this aspect to test web application more effectively.

The way web applications are deployed

Modern web applications or websites are deployed consistently with the help of continuous integration techniques. In order to maintain high uptime of the websites or web applications, web hosts introduce consistent changes. However, most of the testing tools never consider this aspect. Sometimes a tool identifies a new directory or page being added, but it doesn’t scan it deeply. This at the end result in poorly tested web applications. One should consistently look out for the changes taken within the website and test them accordingly.

Short development schedule

Most of the web-based applications have very limited time and budget. Most of the projects need to be complicated within a stipulated time period and development schedule. It means all the applications have very short time for development, testing and deployment. It becomes critical for the testers to test all the functionalities within a short time span. It is quite impossible, specifically when you’ve a huge website or application to test for quality.

In such scenario, it is hard for the testers to ensure accessibility, workflow and integration issues arising from the design complexity and business requirements.

Apart from all these, there are a lot of other challenges like security features, client side storage locations, payload selection & coverage, content discovery and context and more that a web testing experts are facing these days. How many of you have encountered these challenges? Share your experiences in the comments…!

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