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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 a 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. The 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 misses 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 that are stored on the 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 a 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. The website application is validated for HTML syntax errors. Also in this step, it’s 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. The load testing details are covered below.

#2 Usability Testing

Usability testing covers navigation check, it means each page should have a 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 is covered in usability testing. A test should have simple easy language and most importantly should be meaningful. Avoid using dark colors on the site. The usage of test and images should remain optimum. Spell check is very important – if it’s not done, it can create a very bad perception about the brand if some spelling and grammatical mistakes are seen. Use the 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, the following interfaces exist:

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

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

#4 Compatibility Testing

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

So many times it has been seen that behavior of the site is different across different browsers/ OS’s/ mobile screens, this change can be in regard to font, color, 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.

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

6# Security Testing

In this, it’s tested that by directly putting the URL of the 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 webserver.

We have covered all the important steps required in testing web applications. For full proof web application in Gurgaon, get in touch with Webfries. We have a complete range of website design in Delhi NCR, SEO and digital marketing solutions, we are available 24×7 at your disposal @ +91 124 4382-633 & www.webfries.com.




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