Reasons to Perform Cross-browser Testing
After months of anticipation and a couple of mockups, you have fully functional website ready to launch. Of course, you will feel excited to launch your website and start getting business from the internet too, but what if you fail to reach targeted audience due to poor compatibility of your website or web application with a few of the major browsers?
When it comes to the internet, users have wider choice of browsers available in the market. It is your responsibility to ensure that your website is compatible for most of the commonly used browsers these days, and that’s where importance of cross-browser testing comes into the picture. According to the recent statistics from W3Schools, Chrome is one of the most popular browsers these days with 54.1% market share followed by Firefox with 27.2% market share. On the other hand Internet explorer is at third place with 11.7% market share followed by Safari and Opera.
Your website will look totally different in all the browsers as each of the browsers will understand some code slightly differently than the other one. Therefore, it is important to perform cross-browser testing to ensure your website runs smoothly on all the major browsers.
Here’re some more reasons why cross-browser testing has become a need:
Customers never like to use the same browser for a longer period of time!
The days are gone when Netscape or Internet Explorer were the dominant browsers. One should keep in mind that the success of your website or web application will help you bring more customers. And to make your venture successful, it is important you know what your target audience is using. According the Business Insider, Chrome has superseded IE. This shows customers never like to use the same browsers or never like locked into one specific browser. If you want to make sure that you don’t lose customers because of lack of support for one of the three major browsers you must consider testing your Web applications on all the major browsers.
Advanced technology is not supported by all the browsers
To leverage from a few of the advanced technology available in the market, such as HTML5 that delivers the cross-platform portability, you should verify implementation in each of the browsers. Also, you should verify the browser versions. The same form that works well in one browser may not work in the other. Many older browser versions fail to support the advanced technologies used within the website or web application. Therefore, it is important to perform cross-browser testing of your website to make sure you target such browsers and improve the application to support all of them.
No one likes to maintain separate tests for each and every browser
Of course, it is possible to create automated tests that can be recorded in one browser and then played back in the other supported browsers using some advanced technologies. While there are chances to create cross-browser tests through customer scripts, you will find many examples where such customer solutions won’t work.
Maintaining separate tests for each and every browser will not only increase the cost of maintenance, but also increase the risk of test failure due to its complexity.
Running browser specific tests is quite time-consuming
Lack of identical tests for each and every browser platform makes it difficult for you to compare test results. Instead, having a single test that runs in all the browsers and leveraging from the modern technologies that dynamically handles browser differences will make it easier for you to perform testing on various browsers. No one would like to run browser specific tests as it will consume more time.
Mobile is in demand!
The world is getting mobile. More ‘n’ more people are using their Smart phones to browse the internet. Therefore, your website not only needs to be cross=browser checked on the conventional computer, but it should be well-examined on multiple mobile browsers. Websites need to be simple to use and view for mobile internet browsers; cross-checking an easy way to ensure potential clients find their way.
Security is a major concern
Each and every browser has a specific coding in order to display your website. Many developers and designers hide web coding in the specific browsers in order to make it secure from the hacking. Of course, it is a safe way, but what may be hidden in one browser, doesn’t mean that it is secret in another. Performing cross-browser testing would help identify such browsers and help you avoid security breaches.
The reasons discussed above definitely make sense to go for cross-browser testing for your website or web application in order to ensure it performs well across multiple browsers. Ready to get started with cross-browser testing? Get in touch with us now!