Move your web and app testing strategy out of the dark ages

Posted by Dan Berry on Wednesday 15 August 2018

 

Many hundreds of years ago – smacking a hammer against a tablet to check its integrity, might have been enough. Since then, tablets have become slightly more complicated.

By adhering to our five web testing strategy principles, we believe you can implement a web testing strategy that is effective, thorough and fast. Helping you revolutionise your web testing strategy and take it out of the dark ages.

#1 Beware of browser blindness

#2 Don’t let testers use vanilla devices

#3 Embrace scale and speed

#4 Consider quality over quantity

#5 Conduct regular testing after launch

You are reading this blog – so I am guessing it might feature on your list – but this is a sentiment I am sure you can appreciate.

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Topics: Web Testing, Website Testing, Mobile App Testing, Strategy

Website Wars 2018 - Why average is not good enough

Posted by Dan Berry on Thursday 12 July 2018

 

The following blog is an excerpt from our recently released report 'Website Wars 2018 - Web & Mobile Conversion Quality Index'.

We work with hundreds of Europe’s most successful retailers, helping them to:

  • Improve online customer engagement
  • Protect their brand
  • Grow their online presence
  • Increase conversion rates

Retailers are highly sensitive to the smallest drops in sales performance and are fanatical about fixing the causes. Since 2012, we have witnessed significant drops in digital online experience quality. This can have an impact on share price, and cause distress amongst e-commerce managers.

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Topics: Conversion, Mobile, Web Testing, Featured

3 reasons why most good developers make poor testers

Posted by Dan Berry on Tuesday 21 November 2017

As your user demands escalate, it’s increasingly difficult to create robust applications that work across multiple devices, platforms, languages and use cases, especially under the ever-demanding timescales.

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Topics: Web Testing

How to hire a professional web testing army

Posted by Dan Berry on Tuesday 21 November 2017

Web testing is tough. It can all too easily get pushed to the sidelines as you try to get out a new release on time or make your latest sprint.

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Topics: Web Testing

5 attributes of high-quality web testing experts

Posted by Dan Berry on Thursday 14 September 2017

Web testing is a complex discipline. Not only do you need to be technically proficient, you need to think creatively and keep pace with the changing digital landscape as new technologies and threats pop up on a daily basis.

It’s a lot to take on board.  And, as such, crowdsourced software testers bring both the quality of work and the quantity of resources required to provide you with the robust testing and coverage you need.

At BugFinders, we have a community of more than 55,000 expert software testers. Each one is an experienced professional, who possesses a very refined skill set and has demonstrated their qualifications, as well as participated in a large number of projects. And our testers have already raised more than a quarter of a million issues across thousands of tests.

So, what do we look for from our software testers? Here’s a list of the top qualities every one of our testers needs:

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Topics: Web Testing, Featured

5 web and mobile app development issues to avoid

Posted by Dan Berry on Thursday 17 August 2017

Whether you are developing a new website or mobile app or even re-platforming, web testing is a vital part of ensuring a positive customer experience. Unfortunately, many companies fail to understand the importance of web testing and end up not meeting customers growing digital expectations.

Here are five common website and mobile app development issues that you need to avoid.

Insufficient testing for browser compatibility

The first problem that web testing can help avoid is the issue of poor browser compatibility. You need to ensure that your website supports all browsers that your visitors use to access your site. You can use tools, such as Google Analytics, to get an idea of what the most popular browsers are so that you can test website compatibility.

It's also important to test less popular or niche browsers, as well as older versions of popular browsers. Not everyone will be using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer, and your site needs to work consistently across as many browsers as possible to ensure you are able to reach and retain visitors to your site. If a visitor to your site experiences an issue, they are unlikely to continue using your site. If you're running an ecommerce site, this means they are very unlikely to stick around long enough to spend money.

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Topics: Web Testing, Featured

WTF is crowdsourced web testing?

Posted by Dan Berry on Wednesday 9 August 2017

A substandard product is one of the many reasons why you might lose a customer to a competitor. A poorly functioning mobile application or website can leave existing or potential customers with a bitter taste in their mouths, which is why it’s vital to ensure you implement thorough testing. But should you go down the traditional software testing route or utilise a crowdsourced web testing solution? What are the differences between the two?

Traditional testing is performed by a small team, made up of web testing professionals, all based in a single location using a small range of devices and operating systems. This, combined with a lack of other resources such as money and time, usually results in undiscovered issues being discovered by your web visitors. 

Crowdsourced web testing has changed the way web testing is done. Instead of relying on a single company based in one location with a limited range of devices, testing is crowdsourced to thousands of testers from different locations all over the world. These testing communities are often professionally qualified and are able to test a wide variety of projects, such as a website or mobile app. They are also capable of testing a project that's still under development or has gone live.

Now that you understand the differences between traditional testing and crowdsourced web testing, what are the benefits of crowdsourced web testing?

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Topics: Web Testing

Make sure your platform is ready for the massive mobile revolution

Posted by Dan Berry on Tuesday 8 August 2017

Thanks to the digital revolution, the way we communicate has changed, with an increasing number of people getting connected globally. There was a time where owning a phone was considered a luxury, but today there are approximately 4.917 billion mobile phone users. This doesn’t surprise us as there was 574 new devices released last year alone, 11 of these being iPhone devices and 8 of them being Sony devices. Tablets have also joined the growing list of mobile devices, with the number of tablet users expected to reach 1.43 billion by the end of 2018.

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Topics: Web Testing