3 Modern Tools For Automated Testing Of Your Web Applications
Whether we’re shopping online or reserving a table at our favourite restaurant — we might use web applications in several instances during the day. Owing to how we consume content and perform our day-to-day functions now, businesses are optimizing web apps and how!
From making them more user-friendly to crafting a mobile app-like experience, we’ve swiftly moved to the era of progressive web apps. As per Divante’s Top 30 Progressive Web Apps report, progressive web apps have at least a 36% higher conversion rate than native mobile apps.
Offering the best of both worlds (web and mobile apps) — consumers prefer web apps because of the user experience and convenience. There’s no need to download or install a web app; besides, they update automatically and take up very little space on our devices. We’ll talk more about them in the following sections.
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The Importance of Testing Web Applications
As per StatCounter, there are more than ten browsers in use with Google Chrome leading the way. From another study on browser version market share, we can infer that Chrome for Android is the highest used browser with 37.87% of global smartphone users utilizing it, and Chrome 91.0 is trailing behind at 18.54%.
Multiple versions of Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc., are still in use. We know what this means — our users may use our app on devices with either new or legacy browsers. To ensure our web app performs as intended across various devices and browsers — we have to test our web app.
Some of the other crucial reasons for us to test our web app are security, speed, and we’ve got to constantly update it to ensure it’s responsive across older devices and browsers.
It’s worth noting that slow or irresponsive web apps lose customers. For instance, Beezer reports that at least 53% of users immediately leave a mobile web app if it takes more than three seconds to load.
A few classic examples to look at would be Twitter Lite, Pinterest, or even Starbucks. At barely 600KB, Twitter Lite loads like a beast and has quite a low refresh rate. Several users stick to the web app because of that.
Plus, if we’re adding features like live chat, forms, e-commerce integrations, push notifications, and the like, our app should go through some heavy testing.
However, as we’ve previously established, it’s the testing tools that can make a difference. In this post, we’ll discuss the modern automated testing tools for web applications and how they can bring in more efficiency.
Modern Automated Testing Tools for Web Applications
1. Testsigma: Testsigma is an AI-powered, modern automated testing tool that supports end-to-end web application testing. This cloud-based testing tool comes with thousands of real devices with multiple browsers and OS combinations to perform real-time testing.
Another pro point: it’s a codeless testing tool, and we can write test scripts in simple English. As the tool is equipped with AI, it translates our scripts into code. It supports CI/CD integrations.
- Cross-browser testing: Along with real devices, Testsigma offers hundreds of OS, browser, version combinations in its cloud for us to perform cross-browser testing.
- Data-driven testing: With Testsigma, we can effectively manage our test data for increased test coverage and perform data-driven testing. We can test our app using various test data inputs and import test data profiles to test our app rigorously. Besides, Testsigma comes equipped with Parameter, Global, Runtime, and Random Test Data.
- Remote execution: We can test our web app on a fully secure and scalable cloud that is up and running 24×7. For those working with remote teams, this is a boon in disguise as teams can access the app and work on it without any geographical restrictions.
- Bug management: Whether our tests fail or run into errors — Testsigma immediately reports issues via email, Slack, Teams, etc. It also takes screenshots and videos of bugs and crashes.
- Reusability: Testsigma’s intuitive UI lets us segregate common test steps and shared functionalities and reuse them whenever necessary; this reduces test maintenance efforts.
- Parallel test execution: This tool supports parallel test execution, which means we can test our web app on various browsers in multiple environments simultaneously.
Price: It begins at $249 monthly when billed annually;
Testsigma is offering a 30-day free trial
Great for: End-to-end web app testing
Apart from testing browsers, TestComplete also supports cross-device testing; it offers more than 2,050 remote test environments that include real devices, browsers, resolutions, and OS. It supports CI/CD integrations.
- Cross-browser testing: TestComplete offers various browsers and their versions for performing cross-browser testing.
- Data-driven testing: We can perform data-driven testing by separating data from the test commands. To enhance test coverage, we can either import or enter various data sets on TestComplete and automate our tests.
- Remote execution: With TestComplete’s TestExecute, we can execute our tests on a cloud, a virtual machine, or a local machine. Everything can be accessed from any geographical location.
- Bug management: TestComplete can be integrated with various bug management tools; it also takes screenshots and logs to help track issues or bugs.
- Reusability: We can use common test cases for scalability and easier test maintenance; TestComplete allows us to reuse functional UI tests or copy, paste parts of our unit, Selenium, SoapUI tests too.
- Parallel test execution: With TestComplete, we can execute tests parallelly on either cloud or remote machines.
Price: It begins at $6,095
Great for: Web app UI testing
3. BrowserStack: BrowserStack is a cloud-based automated testing platform that comes with around 2,000 real-time devices and browsers. It supports real-time debugging and lets us test in internal dev and staging environments, or behind firewalls.
On BrowserStack, we can also choose a resolution that we’d like to test on, for instance, 800×600 to 2048×1536. It supports CI/CD integrations.
- Cross-browser testing: BrowserStack gives us a native browser experience, and we can perform cross-browser tests on real devices.
- Data-driven testing: It supports data-driven testing and lets us integrate with Selenium as well to automate data-driven tests.
- Remote execution: Whether it’s accessing the app or reviewing the code — BrowserStack is cloud-based and can be accessed from any location, any time.
- Bug management: BrowserStack takes video recordings, automated screenshots of errors, text logs, console logs, and network logs.
- Reusability: Common steps or functionalities can be reused for various test scenarios; if features have been tested for one build, there’s no need to test them again.
- Parallel test execution: We can perform the tests on BrowserStack’s Automate, which is a great fit for agile teams as it accelerates build verification with parallel test executions.
Price: $29 upwards monthly, when billed annually
Great for: Web app UI testing and cross-browser testing
Now that we’ve discussed the best modern tools for web application testing, tell us which one caught your interest and what sort of features you’re looking for in an automated testing tool.