8 Ways to Save Time on Manual Cross Browser Testing

 A cross browser testing strategy is necessary because the list of browsers available and being used is almost endless. Making sure that all applications and websites are compatible with these browsers is becoming the need of the hour. The software and hardware products are designed keeping in mind the compatibility requirements which are validated by various scenarios. This helps to ensure that your business objectives are met in the most effective manner possible. Testing across multiple platforms will help eliminate bugs and provide an edge for your business over your competitors. We offer test-driven development services for companies engaged in Software or Hardware development projects.

A cross-browser testing strategy is the best way to ensure that all your web applications work in all major browsers. A well-designed database and strong infrastructure can make up for lack of funds but a lack of cross-browser testing will always make your site vulnerable to failure just because one browser is not working.

Cross-browser testing is an essential part of the software testing life cycle. It ensures that the application will work flawlessly across all the different types of browsers. The different browsers have different sets of standards that are the target for compatibility and also present in them are some unique features which must not be forgotten while testing. Although all these aspects might vary from one browser to another, there are certain factors that remain the same for them all such as codesign, rendering engines, standards, and plugins that must be considered while carrying out cross-browser testing. It is important to use at least four browsers while performing this task listing any possible browser on the list reduces the chances of failure and ensures smoothness in operation. Ensure that your website reacts smoothly even in unconventional browsers and also check for same page navigation between various devices and platforms, which include desktop computers, laptops, tablets, etc. It includes reviewing the site on all popular configurations such as; Windows XP, Windows 7, Google Chrome, Apple iOS (iPad/iPhone) devices with Android mobile phones. 

Steps to Saving Time on Manual Testing

  • Define your Target Audience

There are many factors to consider when planning a cross-browser test. The primary factor is the audience or user base of the website being developed. If the website has a worldwide audience then all modern desktop and mobile browsers should be tested in order to ensure that the website meets their expectations. Some websites may limit their audience to a certain region and thus only allow their users to access the site using browsers that support their particular region’s standard code page set (such as en-US). It is also important to consider what devices are used by your target audiences as not all users will have access to every type of device capable of running the web. Most companies wish to release a product internationally so they need websites that work in various languages and with different types of internet connectivity

Planning to run cross-browser tests on all browsers, and versions may not be practical due to time & budget constraints. With this knowledge, understanding who the target users are becomes a very important aspect for cross-browser test planning. In reality, running tests on all possible combinations of browsers and devices may not be applicable for most projects. So it is best to choose suitable test cases and focus only on those combinations which will reasonably represent actual end-users.

Automate your manual web browser testing to save lots of time and money. Use Selenium Webdriver to automate cross-browser testing with ease. You can now test your website in any country across all major desktop and mobile operating systems, using one platform – without the need for multiple tools or developers. Save time by eliminating the need for manual finding of new capabilities, coding of new scenarios, building of test cases, and so on. Give your end-users a consistent and reliable experience across a wide range of devices, locations, browser versions, and screen sizes. Seamless integration with other tools.

  • Usage of Code Linters:

Linting, or static code analysis, is the process of checking source code for correctness and potential errors, such as syntax errors, bugs, and uncovers stylistic inconsistencies. Linting tools should handle as many open-source programming languages as possible to give you a broad view of coding errors and problems across your entire project. No matter what language you’re using, it’s important to use a static analysis tool to check your code for errors. Just because you may not be seeing the errors on the screen doesn’t mean they’re not there. These tools can be called upon to check your Javascript, CSS, C++, and Objective-C code.

Using a linter saves a lot of time in manual cross-browser testing. This is because the linter performs all the relevant checks against your code. It checks for violations in standards and also finds bugs that prevent browsers from rendering your code correctly. You can either use online tools or locally installed linters for performing these checks.

Because of the required nature of the online linting tool connection (and the potential cost that may be incurred from it), you should have a small talk with your manager about it to avoid any misunderstandings.

  • Cross-Browser Testing After a Significant Development Milestone:

Do you regularly test for cross-browser compatibility when making changes to your CSS, JS, or HTML? If not, you should! But if you do test, how you approach the testing process will be different with larger chunks of code versus smaller pieces. We’ll look at a few ways we can work through these issues with you. Make a step in the right direction and reduce your chances of mistakes in cross-browser testing.

After implementing the code changes, you need to test the new changes in browsers that users of your website might be using. Depending on your internal data, you can test your changes on the latest browser version or test it on a version commonly used by users of your target audience. To save time when testing, make sure to test your changes across the latest browser versions and platforms your ‘intended customers’ use.

In time-to-market driven web projects, which often involve multiple stakeholders with competing agendas and a high degree of feature uncertainty, agile project management best practices dictate that time allocated for functional testing should be spent in cross-browser environments. However, automating these tests is a painful process that involves a lot of manual work later. Inefficient bugs on the lower layers cause cascading failures in later layers. As you work to improve your website with cross-browser testing, we’ll make sure your website works in both popular desktop and mobile browsers.

  • Usage of CSS Prefixes:

Vendor prefixes in CSS also referred to as CSS prefixes or CSS pre-processors, are the mechanisms through which browser vendors add new CSS features before these features become mainstream on all the browsers. If you want that your source code is supported on the latest browsers and older versions of those browsers, your CSS code should incorporate both prefixed as well as unprefixed code.

Using tools such as CSS Flexbox, you can create new layout structures. You need to provide the required prefixes and old syntax to your CSS Flexbox so that your code executes in browsers where those prefixes are required. There are many tools available in the market which can help you to add prefixes automatically. This reduces the chances of missing out on a prefix and introduces errors in your project. These tools also reduce the chance of a manual error being introduced into the process of adding prefixes. Using an automated tool is the best way to make sure your CSS code is faultless, along with making it efficient.

  •  Crowdsourced Testing

Common solutions for cross-browser testing include purchasing a license or using a cloud-based service. Cloud-based services are more beneficial, especially when limited resources of an organization are taken into consideration. Crowd-sourced testing is another option if no one from your company is available to do the testing or you have confidential information to protect.

Cross browser testing is a necessary step in testing an application or product. In case of applications, both static and dynamic functionalities are tested. With the help of ‘crowd-sourced testing services’ it’s easy to boost your QA capacity without any investments.

Using a crowd-sourced testing platform, you can easily test your website on various browsers and operating systems.

Using a crowd-sourced testing platform, you can easily test your website on various browsers and operating systems.

  • Parallel Testing

Despite the fact that manual testing is not as time efficient, parallel module development/parallel testing will always be faster when compared to serial development/serial testing

.Manual testing is ineffective and there are better methods of doing things. Parallel software development and parallel testing are always faster than serial software development and serial testing. No matter how much time you put into manual QA testing, you will always face repetition in your process. The only way to save time is to use automated QA testing for parallel module development/parallel testing.

  • Perform Cross Browser Testing On The Cloud

Testing on multiple devices and browsers is a tedious endeavor. With the proliferation of devices, browser versions, and screen sizes, it is impossible to test everything. For example, if you’re testing cross-browser compatibility issues on a complex website, you could require access to many different versions of browsers. This may not be practical due to the fact that you would have to rely on some dedicated external vendors and also having to invest in procuring the devices from multiple hardware manufacturers.

In the present day, the idea of routine software testing sometimes creates more problems than they are worth. Rather than wasting time on lengthy and expensive software testing, one should consider using any of the available testings as a service platform such as LambdaTest which effectively takes care of all the infrastructure and maintenance-related issues on its own. One can use several testing frameworks to write automated test scripts with or without Selenium.

LambdaTest is a cloud-based automated testing platform for functional and regression testing that enables you to test your web application on 500+ real browsers and virtual operating systems without admin rights or installation.

  • Comparing Screenshots With Automation

Bulk screen capture utilities are helpful in recording multiple screenshots and comparing them for discrepancies. However, it is time-consuming to view the exact panel details by scrolling all the way down the page during cross-browser testing.

Despite the hard work and a real effort from cross-browser testing utilities, you will still spend about 30 minutes with each browser you need to test your UI, which is a big deal if you are creating a lot of software for different browsers. You have to understand how the testing process works. By taking advantage of Lambda Tests’ visual testing solution, you can perform quick tests that give you accurate results and you also have an opportunity to check your site across different browsers with much less effort and you can finally focus on your core web development tasks.

Using LambdaTest you can save your time:

LambdaTest is built to help organizations engage in more efficient and scalable cross-browser testing. With LambdaTest users can perform testing of their website on 2000+ real browses and operating systems. Moreover users can also run their selenium automation tests to fat track their website testing and release web based products in a fast manner.