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What is Cross Browser Testing

Cross Browser Testing is one of the methodologies through which the quality team assures the working ability of any website across all existing web browsers. We can also understand it as the compatibility of websites at various Web Browser. It is a kind of non-functional testing through which the functions and design of websites are tested. 

Frequently used browsers are Chrome, Safari, Mozilla, and IE, and hence testing team tests newly formed websites over these browsers on priority. Here we will understand the concept of Cross Browser Testing.  

Things to be kept in mind while doing Testing…

Sometimes, a common scenario comes in which a website performs well at Chrome, but its designs get distorted at Mozilla. Hence to overcome such issues before making any website live, testing is done by following the below-mentioned concepts in mind:

Testing of the website at various combinations of Browsers and Operating Systems: – The website is tested on various browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc. having operating systems such as Android, Windows, iOS, etc. All possible combinations are planned and executed during the process of cross-browser testing.

Testing on various Mobile Devices: Nowadays the majority of people are accesses websites through mobile phone and hence testing team assures its performances at all mobile devices. The responsiveness of a website is maintained by testing it on different devices such as Tablets, Mobile phones, etc.

Testing on Assistive Tools: These tools are created for the easiness of differently-abled people and hence compatibility of a website is analyzed through these tools as well.

Why is there a need to perform Cross Browser Testing?

Just imagine what will happen if someone opens your website and it is taking 10 minutes to open? Or What will happen if the texts and images are getting overlapped when someone opens your website on his mobile phone? It all creates a bad impression only.

Any online platform is created to showcase the online presence of the business. If any web platform is unable to reflect the identity of the venture or engage the users, it is of no use. The website should be fast and appealing in order to get attention from clients. 

Cross Browser Testing highlights the existing bugs of the website so that the development team could do the required rectifications.

Cross Browser Testing is beneficial because it offers

  • Quick Loading of Website
  • Users Engagement
  • Responsive Designs
  • A clear representation of Texts, Images, Videos, etc.
  • Smooth working of attached functionalities.

How to perform ?

There is some set format based on which Cross Browser Testing is performed. If the process is followed there will not be any scope of error. So, let’s understand the ways through which testing is performed.

Collect the requirement document: Prior to testing any website, make sure to keep the requirement document. The client’s expectation and created website will be analyzed on the later steps of testing. Any gap between the client’s expectation and the created website will be highlighted to the development team.

Isolate the basic functionalities: Firstly, one should test the functionalities of the website at all combinations of browsers and operating systems. The functionalities shall include the testing of 

  • Dialogue boxes added into the website
  • Major functionalities that are expected by clients. It may vary project to project.
  • All the fields are kept, in form of the website
  • Buttons, that are added for the move of users from one page to another. The back button should always be tested. Mostly testers forget to test the back button. Hence testing the back button should always be in mind.
  • Cookies handled by the website
  • Loading and response time of website

Check out the layout and design: At various combinations of operating systems and browsers, the quality team should check the layout and design of the website. It may, possible that a website opens smoothly at one browser, and its design is getting distorted at another. Hence this phase of testing eliminates such issues.

Test the responsiveness of the website: As we have mentioned earlier, people use the website through mobile-based browsers frequently hence, testing the website at various mobile devices becomes mandatory. The design of a website should not get distorted at any of the mobile devices it should be proper and disciplined at all possible resolutions.

Tips for Cross Browser Testing?

Creating combinations of operating systems and browsers is not a cup of tea for everybody. Sometimes people find it very annoying and hence by keeping that in mind, we are sharing some tips.

  • Select 15-20 most known and recognized browsers that are being used across the world. Take just 2 operating systems i.e. Android and iOS. Now making combination is not a big deal. Nowadays these two operating systems are widely being used. So, once you have done testing based on these combinations, the major area of target is achieved. 
  • Just make an analysis based on the analytic tool and figure out the device that is being used at a larger scale for your website. This will ease the testing process.

Cross Browser Testing is an integral part of any web product, without which a website cannot go live. Hence above-mentioned methods will help in performing Cross Browser Testing. The process empowers a website and makes it appealing in front of the world. We will keep you updated on more topics. Just be in the loop and feel free to contact, if any issue comes. 

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