The web design industry has been taken by storm lately. There are tons of new comers every year bringing their style and creativity on the table. But you gotta admit that some of the work is quite below par. Coding issues, UI mismatch and worst of all UX problems are prevalent among them. Now if you’re from an I.T field you’re bound to have come across the term called software testing. They’re a string of testing techniques for those cumbersome JAVA and .NET softwares before deploying them live or before submitting them for grades.
It struck me just the last time while handling the design of a WordPress portal that why can’t we implement those testing methods on our web design projects. I took some of the most essential testing methods ranging from basic to intermediate and found fabulous results which I’d like to share with you’ll. We’ll go through the testing techniques which I leveraged upon my project and learn how can we improve from our errands.
Black Box Testing
Just scraping the surface and looking for the overall functionality and design errors without worrying about the internal working. If any found, it’s suggested to correct them at this very stage.
White Box Testing
Also known as Glass Box Testing, this one’s based upon the building blocks of the project’s code. The person in charge for this type of testing is expected to carry sound knowledge of the programming language used for the back-end to make sure our project doesn’t have any syntax errors.
Usually this type of testing is done to check whether all of the client’s requirements have been fulfilled or not. An important thing to remember here is that the client does this testing to decide whether to accept the project as satisfactory or not.
With this type of testing the designer can test whether UX has been respected or not. Can your client handle and manage your project without any hassle? If not proper documentation to guide him should be included.
Usually this type of testing is done to check whether the application performs equally well in various software environments and operating systems which a web designer can undertake to make sure whether the website looks and functions similarly in all major browsers, for which the technical term is cross-browser testing.
A comparison of your current and previously successful project can help you make out its strengths as well as weaknesses and work upon them to improve it.
This type of testing is used when you’re gonna release sequential versions of your theme or design. It can help you to overcome previous errors and not to repeat them while releasing next versions.
As the name suggests, this type of testing can be performed to check the status of your project under heavy loads. For example you can check the loading time when a number of plugins have been installed or the response time under complicated database queries.
A mixture of Load and Stress testing, this method can be used to check whether your project meets the performance requirements and under what conditions does it give best results.
Most of us designers and developers take up a project and develop it step by step in parts or modules. In the end all of them are connected to each other and what you get is the final result. This type of testing is done to verify the combined functionality after the integration of all those modules.
God forbidden but if at all your CMS fails, this type of testing is done to check how well does it recover from such failures. Always make a back up before deploying any of your project.
Due to a large number of hackers at large, this type of testing becomes very necessary to check whether your project is safe from unauthorized access. Even a minor flaw can allow the attackers to inject an SQL string and corrupt your database. Make it ‘almost’ impenetrable before setting it.
And there they are. The above mentioned are the twelve testing methods used in software testing which I executed upon my web design projects before they go live. We can make sure that our designs are almost perfect and in excellent functional status and minimize the rise of errors as much as possible. Shoot up your opinions down in the comments.