Cross-browser testing is the most efficient and effective way to ensure that your web app is compatible with every popular browser-OS-device combination. We have already published the detailed article “What Is Cross Browser Testing?” about its definition, importance, & application, and as promised there, this continuing article is going to focus on how you can proceed with cross-browser testing. So, go on reading this detailed piece of information as somewhat of a guide to move on the path of cross-browser testing.
Proper planning or distribution of work becomes significantly easier when you know who is/are responsible for it. Similarly, you will be surprised to know that the entire responsibility of cross-browser testing is not on the shoulders of testers only. Different teams as well as different people get involved at different stages of the process of testing your app in different environments with different browser-OS-device combinations. Let’s check that out in a step-by-step manner.
In the previous section, we already discussed the enormous number of browsers available out there and we mentioned how important it is to shortlist the ones that are popular among your users. Hence, to dive into the pool of numerous browsers, multiple operating systems, and different devices with different screen sizes & specifications, and to focus your efforts on serving your target market, you must follow an effective strategy that we have jotted down below.
And, some of the popular browsers are Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Microsoft Edge, etc. There are some more browsers that some specific sets of users use for different purposes. However, based on the statistics involving the usage data of the popular operating systems, devices, and browsers, you can easily pick your target market.
Putting a good amount of effort into following these points will effectively acknowledge you about the browser-OS-device combinations that are commonly used by your end-users. You can then plan on how you should move on with performing cross-browser testing on your products for the shortlisted browsers and what steps you can take to improve your product’s quality for your target group of users. A widely-used rule of thumb is to prioritize testing your product for any browser-OS combination that individually gets a 5% share of the traffic.
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Also, remember that deciding which browsers you need to test your application for is mostly based on the surveys conducted by Business Analysis and Marketing teams. So, provide them with the necessary tools & other resources, and pave the way for their effective reports to help the QA/Product teams to centralize their efforts towards the simplest and most effective ways to improve the product.
Now, as you have covered all the pre-action stages for your cross browser testing, you can proceed with the actual steps required to perform the tests. Hence, we are here with the complete information about the step-by-step approach to proceed further.
Before you start any test, you must have a complete idea about what you are going to test. Similarly, in cross browser testing, you must know the normal appearance and performance of the website as well as each one of its components. For that, before going to perform cross browser tests, you need to run design and functionality tests on your website using your primary browser, carefully observe how all the components are looking & behaving, and decide the baseline for the cross browser tests.
As we discussed in the previous section, selecting the browsers, or better to say browser-OS combinations is extremely important to lock on your target market and to avoid wasting your resources on testing on unpopular browsers. In addition to selecting the browsers based on the traffic stats of your website, you have to build your cross browser test strategy by considering the baseline you have just figured out.
This is the phase where you actually execute the test cases according to your plans and strategies set up in the previous phases. Now, the execution of the test cases can be done in two ways i.e. manual or automated.
As the name suggests, manual cross browser testing means the QA engineers/testers need to perform every step in the testing process by themselves. In manual testing, the testers have to complete the following tasks manually -
Each one of these steps can take significant time to complete and eventually, it may take up to several hours to even weeks to finish testing an application manually on different browsers. Also, performing so many minute steps manually makes the tests extremely prone to human errors. Hence, manual testing causes immense wastage of time, resources & effort, and after all those, they may even have numerous errors making the entire process tremendously inefficient. However, unpredictable yet highly crucial UX flaws often require manual testers to detect the pain point. For example, when a correctly-coded form fails to hold and save the input data after every reload, it should be analyzed by a manual tester.
On the other hand, automating cross browser tests enable you to get rid of the immense hassle and achieve greater efficiency. Though everything about cross browser testing automation will be discussed in the article “How To Automate Cross Browser Testing?”, for your convenience, we are jotting down the key points here.
Hence, you can clearly see that automating cross browser tests is a win-win move in every way. And, on top of that, when you can achieve that without getting into coding, the overall ease and efficiency shoot up. That’s why today the world is adapting codeless test automation tools like PreFlight to create and execute numerous forms of tests within seconds and to get rid of the coding barrier to enable everyone from different teams (e.g. Marketing, Sales, etc.) to take an active part in the software testing life cycle.
All the actions are possible only when you have the proper infrastructure to execute your plans. In the case of cross browser testing, you are going to check your products’ compatibility with different browsers-OS-devices so, it is evident that you need to set up a proper environment for testing your application in different browsers-OS-device combinations. Now, you can do that in the following three ways -
Following these steps will bring you to the completion of your cross browser tests. Then the test results can be shared through professional collaboration tools like Jira, Github, Trello, etc. This phenomenon of agile methodologies enables the members of cross-functional teams to work collaboratively on everything.
Performing cross browser tests at the correct time can play a significant role in receiving the best results. Depending on the workflow, those suitable timings are -
This article provides you with a detailed guide on how you can proceed with checking your products with cross browser tests that make sure that the products perform normally across every popular browser-OS-device combination. Here, you can get in-depth information about -
However, we have already mentioned how you can get rid of these hassles by selecting PreFlight as your all-in-one testing solution. This simple yet extremely effective browser extension enables you to perform multiple forms of important tests within seconds. Hence, you must also experience using the best alternative of Selenium for FREE by booking a demo.
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