Today, users are provided ample choices to access the services available on the internet. Be it choosing a device or browser, given the availability of numerous options, as a website owner you cannot guess beforehand what computing environment your target audience will be accessing your website from.
As the number of options are increasing in the every sphere of the web arena, the end users are becoming more impatient. If something doesn’t work properly, say an ecommerce website, within seconds people switch to other available options. Thus, it is of utmost importance for every website owner to ensure that no one encounters any trouble while accessing their website. And in order to do so, rigorous cross-browser compatibility testing is essential.
What are the Challenges?
The biggest challenges of all are the number of cases to be tested. Even if you are planning to consider only top 5 browsers – namely Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera – there will be hundreds of cases that you will have to test.
There are different versions of each browser for different operating systems. For instance, there is a different Chrome for Windows 7, different for Windows 8, different for Mac, different for Linux, and so on. Additionally, since each browser gets updated from time to time, for each operating system there are different versions of the same browser.
It is no secret that internet is mostly accessed through mobile devices. Mobile devices too come with different operating systems (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile), and a countless number of screen sizes and resolutions. Thus, making your website responsive is only part-solution. You also need to ensure that your website looks and works fine on different browsers and screen sizes for mobile platforms as well.
What is the Best Approach?
Clearly, testing your website’s compatibility across all the versions of browsers, operating systems, screen sizes and resolutions manually isn’t a feasible option, as there will be thousands of cases. Consequently, using automated tools for a website’s compatibility testing becomes a natural call. But the problem here is that you cannot entirely rely on the results of automated testing tools. The real world computing environment differs from what these tools can generate. Plus, the real world computing environment gets updated every day. Thus, sufficient manual efforts should be involved in the process to ensure the reliability of the result produced by automated testing tools.
A highly skilled team of testing engineers, with the perfect blend of automation scripts and manual efforts, can ensure that your website looks and works pitch-perfect across all browsers, operating systems, screen resolutions and devices.
If you are looking for such a skilled team, then look no more. FATbit Technologies has been providing reliable website & software testing services for over a decade now. Apart from extensive cross-browser compatibility testing, FATbit also provides security, functional, regression, performance, acceptance, and automation testing services.