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Pre-Requisites of a great Front-End Testing Plan

When developing any website, the first thing to consider is who will be visiting this website? And where will you get hits from? And what devices your website will be visited through? Whether or not your website is successful greatly depends on whether your website works properly on the devices your target audience is using. In order to ensure that the website runs smoothly on all necessary devices, you need to come up with a well designed efficient testing plan.

Recently, a few of my friends began development for an android application. They weave through the whole procedure of developing the app; but when it came to the testing they had no plan at all. The app had many bugs that required more time, energy, and resources to mend; all while the app was live on the store. Now that’s the precise issue your going to avoid with these tips for creating great testing plans for all your projects.

What Are the Benefits of Front-End Testing Plan?

Narrow Project Scope

Clarifying the devices that need to be focused on helps speed up the development process. Make things simple from the very start by knowing what your client is looking for, and delivering exactly that.

Client Ambiguity

With Elaborate testing plans, and reports you can put your client at ease. Keeping the Client in the loop of what’s happening is just as important as completing his project on time. Make sure your client has no complains about the work you do.

Deploy Projects with Ease

Many developers, similar to my friends mentioned above, launch a website or app without proper testing and run into errors later. Getting your testing over with in an organized fashion allows you to rest assured your project will function with ease once it goes live.

More often then not developers focus little on front-end testing. They may perform a few tests, on a single browser, or a few devices; but extensive front end testing is usually avoided. This is largely due to time constraints and investment cost. If your app or website is going to cater to your group of friends, then its ok to not test extensively; but when you are developing large website, often for clients, then testing is imperative to do extensive tests on your website. The Questions you should keep in mind as you develop a testing are: What tools will I need For Testing? Who am I testing for? What are the limitations I may face? Keeping these in mind let’s see how we can develop a comprehensive testing plan.

What Tools are Required?

You will need something that helps you communicate with the team while your testing; Asana, for instance, is a good team management system. You can use it to quickly locate, and task developers or designers to eliminate the bug. Chrome Developer tool is useful for Inspecting, and debugging. You definitely want a machine emulator to help test across platforms, BrowserStack is a good tool for task; its used for testing functionality on multiple browsers. Screenr is a web-based screen recorder that allows you to keep track of your tests, and have video reference to the bugs you find. Its advisable  to use a page speed test, this will help determine how fast the page will ping and load on different connections and internet speeds. Finally using actual devices to perform tests is a great idea, although the emulator will do its job; making sure it works on the real deal is far more important. Now you’ve got your toolbox ready, next is figuring out who your testing for?

What’s Your Target Audience?

When you began the project I’m sure you had a target audience in mind. You must now examine your target audience with scrutiny. You will want to know what devices or browsers are popular amongst your audience? What is the average connectivity speed your audience has? And exactly how tech savvy your audience is?

Once you have these questioned answered, the list of devices and connections to test across is narrowed down. Knowing what devices are in use will allow precise testing of cross-platform functionality; while knowing the audiences connection speed will  allow you to determine how heavy the site is allowed to be. Another factor that can be deduced is how complex the design can be, for a developer browsing through complex elements maybe easy, but not everyone is as tech savvy as a web developer, so that is another factor to keep in mind.

What are your limits?

Keeping your audience I mind very important, and just as important as audience are your limits. Making sure your budget, timeline, and scope are within the limits of your project capacity. Here’s how you can keep these three together on your project.

Budget– make sure you place your testing plan in front of your client, charge them for the extra effort you will put into testing.

Time– Schedule your test with the timeline of the project, leaving it out will only rush testing.

Scope– Narrow down what devices the project must work with; this will save you a lot of time and energy.

With all right tools and these important questions answered, you are now fully geared up to test out some of the largest and most complex of websites. Grab the right tools, make sure you know your audience, and finally keep your limits in mind; you’ll have a great front-end testing plan.

How to Deal With the Multi-tasking Problems

Like most of the web designers and developers out there, you might be working in a small office or as a freelancer. Either ways, you need to master several skills to be successful.

• You need to work on your creative learning process.
• You need to master the networking skills, so as to increase the sales.
• You have to be a good administrator to be a success.

All of the above-mentioned skills are sure to enhance your thinking process and you might learn a lot of new things but it can lead you to multitasking. Now the question here arises that how to deal with it effectively while staying as much creative as possible?

Before the era of technology, when no computer or internet existed, interrupting someone while amidst his thoughts was considered to be very bad and rightly so because our brain isn’t functioned to multitask. According to most of the researchers, multitasking might be exhaustive as it depletes the brain’s energy like nothing else as our brain uses different cells for tasks, thus depleting the energies. Studies show that when interrupted, our brain takes more time to perform a task and there are more chances of errors while performing these tasks. To avoid these errors and to consume lesser time, here are few tips for you:

Work continuously for a selected span of time
Some recent researches revealed that our brain can work efficiently while doing a task continuously for around 25 minutes, so schedule your tasks according to it and make sure you don’t multitask during that time.

Check your emails at specific times
Researchers believe that responding to emails and checking your social notifications distract your mind and thus allow erroneous tasks.

Minimize the distractions
While you are at work, there are 100% chances that you might get distracted by incoming phone calls, text messages or social media interactions. To avoid these, you must turn off your cell phone so as to minimize the distractions.
We believe that web-designing and developing can be brain-crushing at times so you should follow the above tips to avoid distractions and manage your work well.

How to make responsive Navigation on Complex Websites

The key to a user-friendly website is a simple and easy-to-go-through navigation system. Over a few span of time, I have been involved in building some very extensive and complex websites. Such large quantity of content and pages make it very difficult to make a website simple and agile. As lots of navigational pages are added, it becomes very difficult to keep the whole navigation responsive.

While you are working on a highly-complex website, the key to your success is to keep your client in loop and keep asking for his feedback during the design process.

After the design process is completed, before going to the technical phase, you need to understand fully what the project is about. To do so, the first thing you need to do is to conduct a research on your target audience. Only after the audience is determined should you move ahead with information architecture and wireframing. For instance, the website you have to make is about entertainment. You will have to do research on what type of content users look for on entertainment websites and based on your research, you will have to make sure that the content is placed accordingly.

After the audience research comes the most important task i.e. to discuss the website with your client. To better understand which sections of the website are most important and which sections are interrelated to each other is critical to make it user-friendly and easy-to-navigate.

The easiest way to manage a large quantity of content is to contain them into few relevant categories in the navigational bar. You might find some pages not related to the main categories so you will have to make supporting menus to accommodate these pages.

Integrate this streamlined content into your wireframes and conduct a users test. See if a common user can easily navigate through the website and find his desired page effortlessly.

Moving to interface design, you should create mockups for mobile version of the website. Make your clients understand that the mobile website has the same look as the web and there is no need to make a new skin.

Getting involved in the design phase is very important to come up with full-responsive website and to understand this, you must think like a user; how he thinks, reacts and surf. Making a responsive website is not difficult at all.

Some of the best ecommerce websites  

Online users don’t spend money shopping on the internet easily. For instance, if you go to a website to buy something and even before you select something, you have to answer so many questions (mostly stupid and unnecessary), will you feel comfortable to spend your precious money on it? Online shopping must be convenient and there must not be any troubles as most of us know how time-consuming and unpleasant it is to shop online.

The top online stores today, apart from the products, are popular because their owners went extra mile to ensure convenience of the visitors. Here is our pick of some of the best ecommerce websites as we analyze their design and other aspects.

  1. Currys: With extremely elegant design, it is one of the first large-scale ecommerce websites to accept fully responsive design. Either web or mobile, it offers really good experience while providing a wide range of products.
  2. A book apart: Unlike other websites relying totally on photos of large size to make their design look attractive, A Book Apart use block color brilliantly showcase their amazing series of “brief books for people who make websites” while the website being fully responsible.
  3. Starbucks: I was amazed to see Starbucks having such responsive website. Talking about its features, it contains are the essential features: cool videos about coffees on the homepage with latest news shown vertically. The store locator feature is pretty cool with elegant icons and it offers nice filtering of the content, for example, the type of coffee you need.
  4. Folksy: Folksy is an open online platform for British based designers and manufacturers to sell their manually made wares online. The layout of this cool website is pretty complex compared to most of the other websites but the it is highly responsive.



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