One of the most important steps in web development is testing. What good is your code, if you haven’t checked whether it is functioning as you expect it to work? It is a common notion that once the code is written, then the testing phase begins, however, it is a good practice to incorporate testing in the development phase itself. Well, instead of completing the code, and then realizing it’s not working, then re-doing all the work to correct it, it’s a good idea to phase it out.
Web development requires certain specific type of testing for the websites. You web development efforts are only fruitful, if your code passes all the testing scenarios. Here we have tried to put together a few aspects of testing. So, what exactly would you test for a web site? During the web development phase and pre launch, there are a number of testing strategies you could use. Here are a few of them:
•Functionality: Test the functionality of all the factors affecting the working of your website as expected. Web development requires that all the links, database connections, and consistency in functionalities is important. Test them with a critical eye.
•Interface: Test all the interactions between web server and application servers. There should be no error in connectivity. They should be able to seamlessly reconnect and display errors if any. Database server should be able to connect well with application server too.
•Compatibility: Web development requires that compatibility be tested with all available popular browsers. Not only that, test compatibility for various operating systems too. In today’s world, your web development efforts are in vain if you do not test for mobile usage. Mobile users are growing by the day. Your website must be viewable and compatible with various mobile web browsers too. Compatibility for various types of printing too.
•Performance Testing: Well, web development without load testing and stress testing is of no use. Your website must pass the performance test. Testing your website on different internet connection speeds and trying to connect to the web page with the maximum allowed user connections (simultaneous requests) is a good idea. Test until you can crash the application/ web page.
•Usability: Testing your website for easy navigation, control buttons, linking to various pages shall definitely help your web development cycle. It will reduce re-coding at a later stage.
•Security: If the site is built to use a secure connection, test it for non secure inputs. Deliberately enter invalid inputs and check whether your website accepts it. If your website requires login details for users, test inputs that are clearly violating rules. This will enable you to test whether your website is secure enough and your code works fine.
As with web development and testing you can create scenarios to test your website until you are sure that it will work flawlessly at customer’s site. So, website testing is an important phase in any web development project – ensure that you test all features before launch.