In the space between the development stage of a website and the moment it goes live, a new website needs to be thoroughly tested to ensure that everything is working smoothly. After all, going live with a site that isn’t working properly is not going to get you off to a good start in the eyes of your potential clients.
There are many different tests that your website will have to go through before it is given the all clear. Out of all the separate tests, it is up to developers to determine which ones your site will need as not all will apply.
What are the different web application tests?
1. Functionality Test
To be sure that your site is working to the specifications you asked for in your design brief, the site’s functionality will be thoroughly tested. This includes testing that all outgoing, internal, anchor and MailTo links are working and that none are broken. Functionality tests also guarantee that forms and cookies are working as expected.
2. Usability Test
Focus groups are now used often to check that a site is relatively simple and straightforward to use. For those working on a site from the onset, it can be very difficult for them to know how simple the site is for a new user. Menus, buttons and links may seem straightforward to one person, but to a potential client the answer may not be so clear.
3. Compatibility Test
Your site will be accessed from any number of different browsers and devices, so you need to know that it works well across all of them. A Browser Compatibility Test will help you ascertain whether your website is displaying differently across different browsers. You can also check how well it works on mobile devices – and important test for modern websites as a lot of traffic will be coming from mobile searches.
4. Performance Test
Different connection speeds will have an influence on how your site works which means that tests need to be carried out to ensure it still works under different loads. Web load testing should also be carried out as many users may be trying to access or request the same page simultaneously and you need to be aware if your system can sustain this during peak times or not.
5. Security Testing
The last thing you want is for sensitive information of your clients to be able to be hacked. E-commerce sites especially will need to process a lot of personal data including credit card information and the relative names and addresses, so you need to be able to give your customers peace of mind that their data is safe.
Before the site goes live it needs to be tested for unauthorised access to secure un-permitted pages; restricted files should not be able to be downloaded without the correct access and sessions should be checked that they are automatically killed after a user is inactive for a long period of time.
If you are looking for web design in Manchester, then get in touch with the team at Visionsharp today. We thoroughly test all our sites before they go live to make sure that there are no problems after launch.