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Web Design Testing Tools To Ensure A Quality Deliverable

By James LePage
 on January 31, 2021
Last modified on January 7th, 2022

Web Design Testing Tools To Ensure A Quality Deliverable

By James LePage
 on January 31, 2021
Last modified on January 7th, 2022

This article is going to discuss all the web design testing tools that our agency uses to ensure a quality website before launching. By utilizing these web design testing tools, we can iron out all the bugs before launching. these tools range from real human testing to automated browser testing, and everything in between. Without any further ado, let's take a look at some of the tools that we use to technically test our websites before launching.

BrowserStack

This tool allows you to test your website on over 2000 real devices and browsers. With it, you can collect the data such as how your website loads on specific devices, browsers, screen sizes, and more. Because they are real iOS and Android devices, there's no emulation or virtualization meaning that you're going to get real data that you can use seriously. This tool is made for enterprise use, and runs bulk testing , out putting solid information that you can use to ensure that a website works on all possible devices. It also integrates directly with many different platforms so you can share these results with your team.

Responsively.app

An open source product, this tool allows you to view an individual website on multiple browsers at once. It's free, and pretty cool if you're trying to design responsively. It's built on a heavily customized version of Chrome, meaning that you can use developer tools directly from the browser, and you can preview all target screens in a single window side-by-side. When you Scroll down on one screen, or click a button on one screen, the changes are reflected across all different dimensions. This helps ensure that you understand how your website is displayed on multiple screen sizes. There's also hot reloading supported, so if your development server supports that, so does this browser tool.

ProjectHuddle

A web design feedback tool that we use in our agency, this platform allows you to collect information, feedback, and content population directly from clients and stakeholders in the project. By collecting feedback as you develop, you can ensure that you build the perfect website for your client. You could also use this for real world user testing and surveys as well. We have a complete feature review on this platform if you're interested in that: https://isotropic.co/projecthuddle-review-best-feedback-tool-for-web-design/

CodeCeption

End to End Automation Testing β€” Codeception | by Mohsin | tajawal | Medium

A tool that makes it easy to test your PHP web applications, this is a flexible set of modules and tests that are easy to write and maintain. With it, you could do browser testing, API testing, framework testing, user centric tests, data driven tests, and more. We primarily use this for WordPress testing, though there's a bunch of specific use cases, and many companies choose this platform because it is open source and easy to use.

GTMetrix

A Deep Dive Into the GTmetrix Speed Test Tool (2020)

If you're looking to test your website for speed, as long as it's on an accessible, public server, you can use GT metrics to get in depth statistics, recommendations, and visualizations of how fast your website loads on specific browsers. This is user friendly, and very easy to understand. At the same time, it offers detailed insights such as waterfall charts.

https://isotropic.co/how-to-use-gtmetrix-in-2020/

WebPageTest

A more advanced speed testing platform, we use this tool to understand specific browser requests, and test on many different devices. There are tons of advanced options to configure this test , such as the connection, number of tests to run, authentication, visual comparison comma scripts and custom metrics. We can also do traceroute testing.

Chrome DevTools

Get Started With Analyzing Runtime Performance | Chrome DevTools

We primarily use this collection of developer tools to understand the security of the site, as well as multifaceted incredibly detailed performance metrics. We can record the loading of a website, and remove any speed bottlenecks, as we have super detailed data recorded directly into the browser.

SEMRush

40 Ways to Use SEMrush to Get the SEO Data You Need | Seer Interactive

If the website is live, we can understand the SEO, audit for broken links, and make sure we're doing everything right in this arena by using SEMRush. In our opinion, this is the best platform because it's easy to understand but offers super detailed and advanced insights. We can also do content research, backlink auditing, and complete website audits generating a PDF for our clients from them.

K6 (Platform)

Analysis Tab

To run load testing on our website, as well as the server, we use the K6 platform. K 6 is an open source collection of tools, but the paid platform is super easy to use, understand, and helps us load test our websites to ensure that they will remain up and running regardless of the number of active visitors at one time.

Conclusion

Several times, we will use specific platforms to test for specific things, but these are the main websites and services that we use to test our websites and accurately understand the search engine optimization, speed, design, usability, and more.

Others may include:

  • Azure DevOps
  • NewRellic
  • Ahrefs
  • Alexa Internet
  • FastOrSlow
  • SecurityHeaders

If you have any specific tools that you like using, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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