Global “digitization” has made the internet an essential part of the life of the average human so much so that most decisions are made after a brief search on the internet. Consequently, businesses of all types need to have websites in other to remain relevant and stay competitive.
Owing to this competition, it’s not enough to own a website, an ideal website should be enlightening, reachable and user-friendly. To ensure that your website has these qualities, it should be properly tested, and this process of testing a website is known as web testing.
Whether you are using our shared Thailand web hosting services, a VPS, or a dedicated server in Bangkok, you should always thoroughly test your websites. Testing your website ensures that it is working according to your expectations and that your site users won’t be frustrated with any poorly-functioning pages.
Below are some tips that can help make sure your site is working as it should.
General Website Testing Tips
Before testing a website, or before hiring someone to test your website, it is important to have goals and knowledge about your target customers.
1. Have a good knowledge of the project
Before you test a website, you must be privy to the project’s background information and tasks that need to be completed on the website (such as ordering). Know its target audience and primary goals that should be achieved on the website. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the project’s scope requirements so you can ensure that everything has been delivered.
2. Give it all the time it needs
Don’t rush testing! You should spend at least seven minutes on each page, scrutinizing it from top to bottom. Sometimes, the principal mistakes can be the hardest to find.
3. Try to exceed limits
When testing your website (especially areas that require filling out forms or uploading files), always try to exceed the limits. If a field has a maximum of 1,000 characters, enter more than 2,000 characters and see what happens. If there is an area where you can upload an image or document, upload a large file and see how it’s handled.
Checklist for web testing
While each person will have their own strategy for testing a website, these are areas that should always be considered.
This type of test requires that you check all the links in web pages, database connections and forms used for presenting or getting information from the user in the web pages.
Usability testing is the practice whereby the human-computer interaction characteristics of a system are determined and flaws are recognized for correction. Examples of features to be identified in this type of test include ease of learning, navigation, subjective user satisfaction and general appearance among others.
In web testing, the server-side interface should also be tested. Compatibility of the server with software, hardware, network, and the database should be tested.
Adequate attention should be given to the compatibility of your website. Important compatibility tests to be carried out include browser compatibility, operating system compatibility, mobile browsers, and printing options.
It is recommended that application/website performance is tested on different internet connection speeds. The faster and more compact it is (particularly image file sizes), the better for getting visitors to see your website.
The main reason for testing the security of a website is to label possible weaknesses and consequently repair them. To test for security, carry out the following tests: network scanning, vulnerability scanning, password cracking, log review, integrity checkers and virus detection. With WordPress and some other CMSs it is possible to install plugins to both audit, secure, and protect your website.
- When testing your website, don’t do everything at once. Instead, you should test the website in several phases, for example, functionality in the first phase, layout, and styling in the second phase proofreading all copy in the third phase, etc. This allows you to focus better and not get overwhelmed. It is also worth returning to review these later, to check it is all as expected and see things from a fresh perspective.
- Consideration should be given to the connections between pages. Check all of your links work correctly and go to the intended pages.
Your website’s testing strategy and implementation is an important part of your project plan. Making sure that the strategy is followed can be the difference between a successful website and one that causes embarrassment or problems for your company. They don’t have to be perfect from the beginning, almost every site can be improved further, but the website should at least work as you intended, be easy to use, and look professional.