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5 Tips for Web Application Testing

A Web Application is a software that runs on a browser for a website. An example for this applications includes messaging services and shopping carts. Testing of these applications is critical to ensuring that they will run flawlessly and that they are secure.

  1. Functional testing

Testing the usability of the app is a key operation. During this process, you will check if there is correcting formatting of data. Links are essential to the functioning of the app. Ensure that no broken links exist to expected pages. Finally, ensure that cookies work as expected. For example, they should get deleted when the user clears their cache or after they reach their expiry date.

  1. Testing from different browsers

Web Application only run optimally on supported browsers. During testing, you should ensure that application runs smoothly on the various versions of the supported browser. It is because users will be using the different versions. In case you developed the app to run on different types of browsers, you should ensure that this happens too.

  1. Application Security

Security of the information entered and transmitted by the app is critical. It is because users can enter sensitive information into the app such credit card information. You can confirm it is secure by ensuring:

  • All confidential sessions log off automatically after the set time elapses
  • Unauthorized users cannot get access to secure pages on the Web Application using all the different available means
  • Unauthorized users cannot download sensitive files from the app
  • No person can paste a URL address into the app without logging in
  • The app does not accept invalid data such as the usernames and passwords
  • The app does not allow an invalid CAPTCHA among others
  1. Testing the performance

It is important to ensure that the application still optimally performs when subjected to varying loads. You can verify the response of the application to changing connection speeds. Use a stress test to determine the breaking point of the app. Also, you can check whether the cache on the browser and server side are enabled every time. It is critical that they are because they reduce the time that it takes for the application to load. You can also let the application to run for a while without closing it and check whether there are any variations in its performance with time.

  1. Automation of expected repeat functions

Automation of repeat tasks is critical because it will improve the performance of the application. Most tools used for checking for automation are free and come with a responsive technical support.