A website or a blog needs to be extensively tested to ensure that visitors have a comfortable stay and don’t leave the site in a jiffy. Designers and developers needs to create a fantastic front-end design, which the user needs to be delighted with, and primary job is to test it. In many cases front-end website mock-ups are not extensively tested before they are handed over to the back-end development team, the reason being time and budget constraints. It’s a good practice to understand the audience and how they will be consuming the website. Having a visual representation of what you are working towards is important to ensuring that graceful degradation is within acceptable limits and that the presentation doesn’t change much between browsers. You’ll start to revisit your drawing board: Thinking of all the browsers, all the devices and all of these web pages you’ve got to test, not to mention the iterations and bug fixes. Hence you need a strong front-end testing plan.
Testing plays a critical role in the development of a website and its long-term maintenance. While smaller web sites – especially those with more limited budgets – may not need to follow the formal testing procedures that are required for large-scale, commercial web sites, every site needs to be thoroughly tested to ensure that it’s error-free, user-friendly, accessible, and standards compliant. Testing should be completed during each phase of a site’s development. Delay in testing until just before launch, or not to test at all can be the most costly web project mistakes. Hence testing during production phase makes it easier to locate and resolve errors, and minimizes the chance of existing bugs being replicated throughout later stages of development. Early and continued testing can eliminate the need for the costly redesigns and other major fixes that can result from overlooked errors.
Testing is a critical process that developers should integrate into their workflow to minimize the number of bugs that get caught in the quality assurance phase. But it needs to be budgeted for — with time, resources and money. The process will appeal to methodical types because they don’t need to be creatively skilled to carry it out. Tools are out there to make your life a little easier. Whichever tool you pick, stick with it, define a process and put the effort in. The result will be a better website, with significantly fewer bugs, which users will love and which will reduce the number of “Why isn’t this working?”.
Regression testing, which is also known as verification testing, is the process of retesting pages or sections of a site to make sure that a recent bug fix hasn’t broken some other aspect of the site, or reinstated bugs that were fixed previously. Conducting and documenting regression tests will allow you to identify any parts of the site that break, and document the causes of those errors and how you resolved them. If a bug resurfaces at some point, it will be spotted immediately and resolved quickly.
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