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.
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.