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Notes on testing the web applications

If any web application developed doesn’t follow the stringent and comprehensive test schedule, it’s bound to face lot of bugs later on. Thorough testing in any project is very important. It makes the final product bugs free and gives a great user experience overall. Testing procedure has few mandatory checklist items which are covered in this article.

#1 Functionality Testing

This step forms the main core of the testing schedule. To begin with check all the links (external & internal), if there are URL’s where no page exists, if there are any broken links, if forms are working well, all validations are in order. One thing which miss out generally is to check if default values in the form fields are correct. Validation testing is foremost; it can be done manually as well as using some popular web automated testing tool.

To do cookies testing is the next logical step in this. As you know cookies are the files which are stored on local user machine. It maintains the login sessions. Application is to be tested by enabling/ disabling it in local browser options. Cookies encryption is also to be checked. This particular point is quite detailed one, we will soon share a comprehensive article on it.

To make the site optimized and search engine friendly, coding in terms of HTML/CSS validation is quite important. Website application is validated for HTML syntax errors. Also in this step its tested if crawlers from different search engines can crawl the site.

Database optimization is also tested. It’s checked thoroughly if functionality wise DB is behaving normally or have issues existing in it. Load testing details are covered below.

#2 Usability Testing

Usability testing covers navigation check, it means each page should have menu bar in place. It should be quite easy for the user to move from one page to another easily. It should be very easy for the end user to navigate across the site.

Content in terms of text & images are covered in usability testing. Test should have simple easy language and most importantly should be meaningful. Avoid using dark colours on the site. Usage of test and image should remain optimum. Spell check is very important – if it’s not done, can create a very bad perception about the brand if some spelling and grammatical mistakes are seen. Use optimum relevant size of fonts for headings, content etc.

Don’t forget to check the anchor text links if they are working as per the requirement.

Complete User interface testing is covered under usability testing.

#3 Interface Testing

In any web application, following interfaces exists:

Web server interface ←> Application server interface ←> Database server interface

In interface testing, its validated if handshakes between the interfaces are happening properly. Error check, messaging, behaviour of the system if user interrupts the transaction in between etc.

#4 Compatibility Testing

Compatibility of the website on different browsers, OS’s, mobile screens is comprehensively covered in this part of the testing. Expectation is web application developed should be responsive and work well across the list mentioned above.

So many times it has been seen that behaviour of the site is different across different browsers/ OS’s/ mobile screen’s, this change can be in regard to font, colour, design, functionality etc.

This step consumes good amount of time for identification & on its resolution.

#5 Performance testing

Web applications are expected to handle heavy load and in performance testing, load and stress testing is executed.

Performance of the application is checked on different speed of internet connection. In load testing it is checked how system behaves if multiple users with different IP’s land on the same page, concurrent connection to database, substantial load on pages etc. Also stress test is carried out on login, signup pages, forms etc. It is carried out for longer duration to check if system can handle heavy load and for longer duration.

6# Security Testing

In this its tested that by directly putting the URL of internal page should not display the data without doing the login. Also in the same test cases, it must be covered that by changing the ID in URL if it’s not related to the logged in user it should not open other user’s pages. Validations in user login fields are covered in it. Unauthorized access to web files and DB should never be allowed. SSL testing is also covered in this. It’s also checked if logs are properly captured in the web server.

We have covered all the important steps required in testing the web applications. For full proof web application in Gurgaon, get in touch with Webfries. We have complete range of website design in Delhi NCR, SEO and digital marketing solutions, we are available 24x7 at your disposal @ +91 124 4382-633 & www.webfries.com.

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