In this article I will further discuss how even without our in-house device farms and lofty infrastructure goes defunct, we can solve our problem of how to test our websites on different browsers remotely. Before we do that, we need to come up with a cross browser testing strategy.
Test Websites On Different Browsers, The Right Way!
Cross browser testing could be overwhelming unless you have the right plan in hand. Your customers may be visiting your websites from a variety of browsers & OS combinations, it could be hundreds of such combinations. You can’t just go ahead and test your website on different browsers in random bases. You need to plan things well here. Here is how you can.
Analyse Your Website Audience
Before starting anything, it is very important that you analyse the audience of your website and what browsers are they majorly using. If your website is already published, you can use Google Analytics or any other similar tools to gain insights to your audience. If you are about to publish the website, look for the results of similar websites and then analyse the audience. Keeping track of the most used browsers and operating systems can help you target a specific audience which would be genuinely interested in the website.
Prepare A Cross Browser Testing Matrix
A browser matrix is the list of browsers (along with their versions) and operating systems on which you will test your website. Preparing a browser matrix can help you eliminate a number of browsers and perform testing quickly.
The final goal is, you can know what browsers and operating systems you are aiming for and especially a few that you derived from analytics. Preparing a browser matrix also lays down the systematic plan in testing which will save a lot of time.
Now, that you have the list ready with you and you know which browsers you need to prioritize over others. It is time to get your hands dirty and test your website over different browsers. However, this is the most struggling part if you are working from home because you can’t get access to your device labs. Not to mention, device labs aren’t an affordable option for everyone. To those testers, an on-premise infrastructure for browser compatibility testing makes more sense where they could set up virtual machines and maintain it over time.
Another major concern for you as a tester while working from home is going to be communication. As you may have to exchange information from different team members on-board around a particular feature. At the same time, you may also have to send your test reports and bug reports to the right point of contact in your team. Since different testers perform different types of tests, they all need to be in sync with others in terms of the reports, videos, screenshots, screencasts etc.
And now under the intimidation of COVID-19, you might feel handicapped with either option, be it your device labs or your on-premise infrastructure for virtual machines. So what can you do? How can you overcome the challenge of cross browser testing remotely?
Remote testing is considered a major challenge while testing a website on different browsers. Especially, if you don’t have the pocket to invest in a device lab. This can be solved by setting up virtual machines or installing software to help you do the same. This ends up taking more bandwidth as the entire testing team has to set up the VMs and sharing bugs with the team becomes quite cumbersome too.
Why Go For Cloud Based Cross Browser Testing?
Cloud based cross browser testing is performed by testing your website on remote devices (virtual or physical) and controlling it from your own system. The problem is that the website needs to be tested every time a browser is released and believe me, they are released too often than you think. With time, cloud based browser compatibility testing has turned out to be the best option for testing your website easily, quickly and within budget. There are a number of reasons for that.
No Setup Cost
Fast and Secure
A Large Number Of Browser and Operating System