Making a list and checking it twice isn’t something that only benefits Santa Clause. It’s also one of the best ways to make sure your website is in tip-top shape before it launches. There are a multitude of things to consider when creating a website for your business or your client. This blog will cover the ultimate website testing checklist. Use this when you’re close to launch or looking to revamp your website.
The Ultimate Website Testing Checklist
The goal of functionality testing is to observe the overall functional capabilities of the web application. All features are tested to make sure they are compatible and perform the specific functions mentioned in the documentation. In order to test the functionality you should:
- Review the list of all the functional requirements.
- Based on all the requirements, identify the test inputs.
- Based on the chosen test input values, compute the outcomes.
- Execute all the test cases.
Usability testing evaluates how user-friendly the elements in the web app are. It tests the flow of the web app and how the user can navigate through it seamlessly. Is the website easy to navigate? Can the user complete Usability testing relies on standard practices that ensure the ease of use and effectiveness of a web app. It roots out all the errors, like typos, punctuation, and weak flow. For more information on usability check out our blog – Usability: How to Win with Simplicity. To test usability you should:
- Create a prototype or product that is ready to test.
- Find the right end-users for testing.
- Conduct a usability test.
- Make sure to document every test.
- Analyze the data and repeat the process.
Interface Testing checks how the website communicates at different interfaces. The three interfaces that are usually tested are the: application, web server, and database server. Testing any of the three interfaces will give you answers to the following questions:
- Are the servers working perfectly in different scenarios?
- Are all of the issues managed properly or are there any error pop ups?
- Is the link correctly routed to a web server?
Database testing is important to check how the web application stores data and performs various functions that include performing queries during testing if an error comes up and keeping the response time of queries in check. To conduct a database test you should:
- Set up a robust test environment to test the software application.
- Develop a list of test cases and test them in the test environment.
- Compare the results of the test with your expected results.
Have you ever visited a website and had to wait longer than normal for it load? It’s immediately noticeable to users and can drive high bounce rates. Avoid this pitfall by implementing a performance test. Performance tests measure your website’s speed, stability and scalability under multiple different scenarios. Performance tests will answer the following questions:
- Can the website’s architecture work with heavy load conditions?
- Is the response time fast enough not to deter users?
- Is the web application able to perform with a maximum load and still deliver optimal performance?
Desktop or mobile? Android or iOS? Chrome or Safari (RIP internet explorer)? Users access the web in more ways than ever. Compatibility testing ensures that your website delivers a consistent performance across all platforms. The same website renders differently in different browsers and their versions, which is why it is essential to perform cross browser compatibility tests. Cross Browser Testing allows you to test if your web application functions seamlessly and consistently across multiple browsers on different desktop and mobile devices. Every web element like buttons, images, text fields, lists, and more changes with the change in OS, which is why it is important to test cross-platform compatibility by testing on real devices as opposed to emulators or simulators.
Security testing involves testing, analyzing, and reporting every security aspect of your app. Security administrators test the security level of the app through both manual and automated security testing methods. Security testing performs different functions such as:
- Restricting unauthorized access to secure pages.
- Ends sessions after prolonged user inactivity.
- Creates encrypted SSL pages to redirect the website to.
Creating a website is easier than ever with platforms like WordPress and Wix. Separate yourself from the competition by conducting rigorous testing to ensure the best possible user experience. At J Arthur & Co. we specialize in delivering high quality web services on time and on target. We understand the ins and outs of website development and we’re here to help!