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How can I create a front-end website testing plan? Why?

How can I maintaining a quality of front-end testing plan for website imperative.

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Usually testing plans or in other words the assertions are made only after knowing the workflow of a particular module. The flow chart of the module will be shared to everyone. This is where the testers make assertions of certain flows and actions.

For example : if the module is to get the user input and send to a particular server and retrieve a coupon, You can make n number of assertions for this module.

Starting from user accessing the site to the point he gets the coupon. Now this approach is known as TDD(Test Driven Development). You first write down the assertions/test case and then develop it. This development depends on how good you are in writing assertions and how deep you know the module.

Now there is another approach called BDD(Behavior Driven Development). Which infact is writing assertions/test cases the moment you develop any part of the above mentioned module.

Now the difference would be:-

In TDD, you write the test case and then you develop. But any change or updation in the module makes the whole approach to rewrite again. In BDD, you develop and then you test. So any change in the behavior will result in the test failure. So, before any pushing to production you can test that whether you are missing anything or anywhere. But the plan is taken according to the complexity of the project. Complexity also includes timeline and availability of resources.

Now the answer to WHY??

As mentioned above, the plans to create your test plans is up to you if you are confident enough of the module you are dealing with. Testing is always a hard task for anyone. Any one point missed out will result in lot of headaches and rewrites which no developers or testers want.

But at the same time it is also needed for a perfect development approach. Also TDD & BDD can be used at the same time, but just for a best testing approach. One can even understand the module just by looking at the test cases. That is the bottom line.

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The Why & How To Create A Front-End Website Testing Plan

Undoubtedly, weak testing phase is going to impact SDLC — and clients may change the perception and place lesser importance in future services. With all the constraints, you need to worry about company reputation. If you want to foster growth, you need to uphold principles, find out and innovate plans methodically.

Sign-off from the client is not the end of the journey, if something happens down the line, even at a later stage, when your product has reached the end users, certainly you are going to hear the repercussion of an endless echo.

For an authentic front-end testing plan for a website, functionality and performance have to be checked on different devices and browsers (with multiple versions). The process of evaluating your website over different browsers, browser versions, and operating systems is called cross browser testing & is considered a vital part of every front-end website testing plan for having an estimate on the audience you are able to please with a seamless UI & UX. A master front-end testing plan should incorporate precautions required to reduce time, effort, and money.

Why You Must Execute Front-End Testing? Here, I will draw some highlight on the necessity of front-end testing.

Frameworks Introduced Complexity In the past, developers observed a shift with the evolution of frameworks like React and Angular which also introduced complexity. Javascript swiftly reached the top. Although gaining momentum across different applications, there are so many libraries and frameworks to wrap your head around.

Along with it, client-side development coupled with browsers might experience unexpected result due to modifications in rendering engines of browsers. Leading to browser compatibility issues & an unpleasant user journey. Therefore, front-end testing plan comes as a necessity for making sure that your website renders the same across different browsers. Performing browser compatibility testing can help you with that area.

3rd Party Services Front-end optimizations face challenges when you rely on 3rd party services, especially when you run ad networks. Integrated via javascript, these services with a poor performing script forces you to lose your control over the website. With the increasing popularity of Software as a Service (SaaS), you are bound to deal with 3rd party services and encounter challenges that will happen to arise during a project life cycle. Thus, it becomes indispensable to devise a front-end testing plan based on the 3rd party applications you are planning to integrate with for rendering your website.

Internet — An Unforgiving Place The internet has become an unforgiving place and kids and seniors are also on board. Various countries are giving free Wi-Fi spots across many places where people can access the net without any username and password. That means even a single subtle error on a front end is going to be noticed & may affect your branding in a manner far worse than you can imagine. Even a small typo error could end up being trolled back at your organization. Especially, if you are in a competitive market then your competitors will keep an eye out on your product. There is a good chance they may notice your flaws before others do! So to perform website front-end testing becomes a vital task, where you can’t afford to turn a blind eye towards any aspect.

How Do We Plan A Front-end Testing Plan? I am sure by far, we realize the relevance of devising a well organized front-end testing that covers all your website has to offer on UI & UX. Now, the next major question that arises is How? How can you create an excellent front-end testing plan?

Don’t worry, I will be addressing all the key points to keep in mind for developing a master front-end testing plan. But before we do that, we need to understand the major pain points to consider.

Time & Budget, Usually Both Hinder The Testing Process Designers and developers converge together to turn a design into reality via code. But what is the point if it isn’t presented well in front of your website visitors? I have seen it very often in agile that teams are more focused on deploying the next update, paying less attention to what they already have due to narrow time windows. Time can be a major constraint for executing front-end testing plan because there is a lot that you need to cover.

Front-end testing or graphical user interface testing must ensure you are using a defect-free updated front-end. Would you make a number entry in name field? A bundle of small issues in browsers can trip your reputation off. That is why a strong front-end testing plan should be made considering different individual skills possessed by your teammates.

All the “reasons responsible for high severity or critical defects” identified at early stages: design phases or requirement gathering, will prevent future obstacles in a front-end testing plan of a website such as:

  • Eventually testing process being extended at last.
  • Missing of deadlines.
  • Dropping the idea or removing an important feature due to an aggregation of defects in an unprecedented manner.
  • The situation going out of control in highly limited time.

For instance, let’s consider performing cross browser testing. You have a perfectly developed website but you are targeting a global audience and people visiting your website can be from any browser or any desktop or mobile device. Now, the aesthetic design is going to encounter an innumerable combination of OS and browsers. Evaluating your website over hundreds or maybe thousands of browsers could be very tricky, strenuous, and time-consuming.

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