Running a website or web app can be a great way to share information with the world, and it is becoming an increasingly popular way to make money as well. However, while it is a good way to share information or make money, there is alo a lot that can go wrong with a website. Anything from downtime, to hacks, to coding errors can stop a website in its tracks. As a result, it is incredibly important to test your website extensively before ever going live.
In addition to just testing before, you also need to be able to do testing during your website’s life cycle to make sure everything is running smoothly and it can handle growth. But what sort of things do you need to test? If that is a question you have, you’ve come to the right place. This article is going to look at a few different types of testing you should do on your website.
If you are anticipating (or hoping) for a lot of people to visit or use your website, you need to make sure it can stand up to the challenge. However, finding a ton of people to test your website at the same time isn’t easy, but thankfully, performing a load test can be. A load test is where you will essentially simulate website visits to see how your site holds up.
You need to make sure that your site works and performs just as well with 1,000 people visiting as it does when 4 people are visiting. If you don’t, your site could experience a ton of issues once it gets more popular, which is only going to drive new users or visitors away.
Security has always been a big concerns for technologies and websites, but this is more true now than ever. Every single year, the personal information and records of millions of people is compromised through a hack, leak or data breach. Not only that, but the companies who are targeted often lose millions and millions of dollars and their good reputation as a result.
Because of this, and just because it’s a good practice, you should be sure to test the security of your website or web app. You need to take every step and test every security-related thing you can think of from your servers, to authentication, to Captcha and more. If you don’t have the public’s trust about the security of your site, it will be extremely tough to grow your site or business.
Browser and Device Capability Testing
If you want to have a popular and/or profitable website, you need to make sure that it works on a variety of different browsers and devices. There are many different web browsers that people use every day and the last thing you want to do is have a site that is quick and snappy on Google Chrome, only to have it perform sluggishly on Firefox.
In addition to that, more and more people are using other devices than a desktop or laptop to view the internet. In fact, more than half of internet traffic currently comes from mobile devices, and this is only expected to continue to rise in the future. As a result, you need to make sure that your website will work and respond well on tablets, phones, desktops, laptops and any other way that people can access the internet.
We sincerely hope that this article has helped you learn and understand the different types of testing you should perform on your website or web application. Without testing, there is the chance that your site or app fails or doesn’t work as you expect.