No website has ever been built for a specific browser. People have different tastes, consequently, they use different devices to access websites and to run applications. Thus, not making your website compatible with different browsers simply means making your audience compromise on the freedom that technology has given them in recent years.
Now, ensuring the functional accuracy of your web application is one thing, but making sure that your website looks and performs flawlessly across multiple browsers is an entirely different thing. Here this post will shed some light on that.
What Does Compatibility Testing Actually Include?
For most people, compatibility testing is limited to browsers and screen sizes. Check your website’s cross-browser functionality, test its responsive design at a handful of screen sizes (as demonstrated in the picture above), and you are done with compatibility testing. Alas! But the task of compatibility testing is not that easy. And the term ‘browser’ has a broader meaning behind it.
Compatibility testing also means testing your web application’s performance on different operating systems, versions of browsers, different network capacities & bandwidths. It also includes checking your software’s compatibility with peripheral devices and third party applications.
The Challenges Involved
Clearly, the biggest challenge involved in the compatibility testing is the number of cases and combinations to check for. There are 80 something browsers out there. Even if you focus on top 5-6 browsers for cross-browser compatibility testing, you would still need to consider their numerous versions. Then there are different operating systems and their versions. Plus, sheer number of screen sizes, whether mobile devices or desktop, all keep increasing the possible combinations to check for, thus making the task extremely challenging.
But the challenge is worth undertaking, since the usability of your web application has a direct impact on your business. Ask yourself, would you use a website that is hard to navigate through, or use an app on your smartphone that displays only a portion of the graphics. Obviously not.
Verifying your software’s compatibility across different browsers manually is simply not the best approach. There are various automation tools that one can make use of. But one should not take their results for granted, since these tools do not perfectly simulate how things work on mobile devices in the real world.
Deep technical expertise is required in order to ensure the accountability of these results. Plus, a perfect blend of manual efforts and automation scripts should be used in order to make the process efficient and to prevent the over-usage of resources. This again requires technical expertise, as well as experience.
Benefits with FATbit’s Compatibility Testing Services
Since the scope of the compatibility testing is vast, optimizing the process is of utmost importance. And that’s exactly where FATbit’s expertise lies. But that’s not it. Our approach is not only to identify the problems, but also to help clients in fixing them. Additionally, with our agile approach we handle clients’ changing requirements effectively.