If you’ve come up with a great online business idea or have decided to expand your current business with an online store, you’ll need a smooth-operating website. Make sure to tick all the required checkboxes for a successful website launch so that it is free from errors and bugs. Here are the best ways to bug test your website:
Mobile Website Testing
The majority of people today rely on mobile phones for website access. On average, a person checks their phone 58 times a day. To expand reach beyond your target audience, it is important that your website is mobile-phone compatible and fully responds to its functionality.
- Using Google Analytics, generate a list of devices you want your website to run on.
- You can also use mobile emulator extensions available in browsers such as Google Chrome to evaluate your website’s compatibility.
- If budget is not an issue, you can arrange handheld devices, each with a different operating system, for your website development team to test your website in real-time because emulators can sometimes miss out on certain bugs.
- Ensure proper vertical scrolling, fonts and content are large enough to read, and buttons and images are clickable.
There was a time when Internet Explorer was the only browser offering access to the internet. Those days are long gone, and new and faster browsers such as Google Chrome, Opera and Safari, have taken its place as newer browsers were introduced with time. Sometimes websites may run smoothly on one browser and not others.
- You can’t test your website for compatibility on every single browser, so it is best to test run it on ones that are widely used.
- Use cross-browser compatibility tools for testing during the initial stages of the website development.
A website must conform to the accessibility standards set by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) before its launch. Following the requirements, everyone should be able to access the website, including people with disabilities.
- The website must comply with Section 508 of the ADA (American with Disabilities Act) and other requirements.
- Ensure the website content is readable during the zoom-in view of images and fonts.
- Perform a screen reader test to check whether the website navigation is convenient for people with poor vision.
- The website navigation should also work using only a keyboard.
- All media content must include captions to accommodate people with hearing issues, so they can understand the video and audio.
HTML and CSS Validation
Use W3C’s offered validator tool, the W3C Markup Validation Service to check on any errors within the HTML or XHTML coding.
- You can also use other tools such as Google Webmaster or HTML Tidy to search for any broken links, copied meta tags, and other bugs.
- To track any errors or bugs in your website CSS, you can use W3C’s validation service.
Login Security Testing
If your business website requires a user to log in, make sure to conduct security testing.
- The account should not be accessible after multiple failed login attempts due to an incorrect ID or password entry.
- Make use of tools such as OTP verification and CAPTCHA to prevent automatic login.
- Check for cookies and cache encryption.
- The browsing session should expire once the user logs out and shouldn’t be accessible via the back button.
Check your website workability under uncertain scenarios. Most websites are prone to crashing when experiencing increased traffic.
- Stress test the website to see how it functions with heavy traffic.
- Use concurrency testing by allowing multiple user logins to identify how the website responds.
- Perform an endurance test to observe how well the website works with workload beyond set limits.
- Check how long the website takes to load when run under slow internet connectivity.
This is the final stage of testing after your website has undergone the above performance checks.
- Beta testing involves end-users using the website in real-time to find out any bugs and errors that may have been missed earlier.
- Developers follow a set of rules when testing a website, but end users think differently and may be able to point out errors missed by the developer.
Website testing is a long process, but it ensures your site is bug and error-free. Once all the tests are clear and major bugs fixed, you’re ready for the official launch of your business website.