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Best Advantages of Software Testing
You finally started moving forward with your website, congratulations! That is great, you are making sales and progressing to the next stage of your business. However, a few weeks later, your website ranking starts to drop, and you start getting fewer views on your website.
How did this happen? You notice your website starts to perform worse and your sales come to a stop. Why is your web application failing you? Is your website still working as intended for your customers? You need help, and you need it now before you lose too much money. But who can help you with these issues?
CP World can! They have three different affordable plans to help you with your website performance. But where do you start?
Three Different Plans
Bronze Annual Plan
The bronze annual plan is a good starting point for your business. It offers confidence testing, or functional smoke testing reports. These allow them to find any shortcomings in your website and any other failures from your web-based application.
A confidence testing report can answer some questions for you, for example, “Will your program run well?” “Will the user interface open up?” “And will the main button do anything once it is clicked on?”. This report will assess the user experience, find any defects, and check the functionality of the application that may affect its features, usability, and performance. This test’s main purpose is to determine the quality of the product.
Other various features include load testing reports and security testing reports. Load testing reports allow you to find out the response time, speed, workload, and stability of your application and its server.
CP World will test your application for loading issues and find out if there are any performance problems or issues that may arise in regards to traffic. They load test by looking closely at your program and assuming how much traffic they think it could sustain. They then test this theory to see what the problem may be. They will then resolve any of the issues they have found.
Security testing reports find any security issues in your current application’s structure. By finding any weakness in your coded program, this will allow you to improve your website’s security. It can also show issues like level of security links, malware reports, blacklist links, spam reports, website updates, defacement reports, iframe lists, and more.
You can find examples of these three test reports here: Functional Smoke Testing Report, Load Testing Report, and Security Testing Report. The bronze plan only costs $299 for a year. This includes testing every four months three times a year.
Silver Annual Plan
The silver annual plan includes all of the functional smoke testing reports, load testing reports, and security testing reports. However, instead of being only four months three times a year, this plan costs $999 and is every month for a total of twelve times per year. This is a great plan for larger businesses to get their software tested every month. This will reduce the chances of losing customers and allows your software to be continuously checked for any errors or security issues.
Gold Annual Plan
Their gold annual plan is the best choice for very large companies. This plan includes the functional smoke testing reports, load testing reports, and security testing reports, but also includes the application’s integration being tested.
Integration testing means CP World will test your application for any defects in the interfaces and also show them the interactions between integrated systems or components. This shows them any issues or problems it may be having so you can make sure it gets fixed.
The gold plan only costs $1,299 a year which includes every month for 12 times a year. Because of the integration testing, the price goes up. If you do not feel like you need this testing, it is better to go with the silver plan if you have a large business.
Why Get Your Software Tested?
Now that you know about CP World’s plans, you may be wondering, why should you get your software tested, and why should you pay CP World? Well if your website is doing any of these things, you may want your software tested. This includes:
- Slower loading website.
- It does not work well on mobile.
- Not compatible with all browsers.
- Font codes do not look formatted correctly.
- URLs lead to the wrong places.
- You get 404 errors.
- Your website is not showing up in Google’s search anymore.
- The search engines do not show your website correctly anymore.
- Your website has no visitors.
- When you get heavy traffic, your website fails to work properly.
- Your user credentials on your website fail to work.
- Your SSL certificate does not work.
- Outgoing and incoming links do not go to the right place.
And many more issues that your website is having may end up being a good reason to get your website tested so it can be fixed. This way you can get back up and running with minimal sales loss.
There are many good reasons for getting your software’s performance tested. These may include:
- Finding any issues with the security of your website, which protects you and your customers.
- Finding issues with any forms that are on your website to see if they function properly.
- Finding any issues with the cookies that get stored on other’s browsers.
- Checking your coding for any errors and getting them fixed.
- Finding problems with loading your website.
- Finding out how much traffic your program can handle.
- Finding any defects with your website program.
And there are even more issues that can be found and fixed. CP World is excellent at testing and finding the issues you are having with your website program, which then helps you to get it fixed faster. This can also help when you are using your website and you do not find any problems with it, but your customers and visitors have been giving you feedback that XYZ does not work.
This way, your website can be tested, and the issues can be found and fixed before it becomes a bigger problem. So, you will not end up losing sales or customers, and visitors will be more likely to buy from you.
Testing Your Website
There are various tests that need to be run on your website to ensure it works properly and is safe for its users and owner. When you pay for CP World’s services these tests include the following items checked:
Functionality testing will test for the website’s links in the web pages working properly, how the database is connected, cookies testing, forms used for getting information or submitting information to you, and more.
These tests are important to make sure your internal and outgoing links go to where they are supposed to go, testing links that jump on the same page (going to a read more, scroll down, back to the top, etc.), testing links that are used to send emails to the owner or other users if included, testing to find any orphaned pages, and testing links for any broken ones that are on your website.
You need to have your forms on your website tested, so you know if the end-user can actually input any information. You need to make sure the validations work properly in each field, make sure the default values are accurate, what happens when you input the wrong information into your forms, and if an option, can the user create, delete, or modify the forms as intended.
These are important so you can gather the information needed from the user browsing your website. If your forms are not working properly, then the user will not be able to share any of their information with you, which in turn will make you lose sales and a potential customer.
So, your sign-up forms should flow correctly. Then your users will be able to input their data and you will be able to receive that data.
If your website application has the option for users to login, you need to make sure your cookies are working properly. Cookies can allow users to stay logged into your website, so they do not have to reinput their credentials. The cookies should be encrypted, and you need to make sure your user’s “login session stats” (before and after) are working correctly as well.
The integrity of the database needs to be tested as well. This includes the consistency of the data in your web application. For example: What happens when you edit, modify, delete, or do anything else to the forms or database? Is your database loading properly? Are all of the database queries working correctly? And does that data get retrieved and updated properly?
If you answer no to some of these questions, you will need CP World to do a lot more testing on your database. You will also need to have your webmaster, developer, or you fix the issues you are having.
This testing allows you to see if your website is actually usable and working for its intended purpose. You also need to make sure your website functions as intended when a visitor uses it. The type of testing done can include:
This kind of testing includes how your users can navigate your website. For example: Can they go to different web pages on your website? Do the boxes or buttons work as intended? How does the user use your links to get to other web pages?
How Usable Is Your Website?
Testing for usability can include the following:
- Ease of Use: How easy is your website to use?
- Instructions: Any instructions given should be very clear to your users. Will these instructions fulfill its purpose?
- Main Menu: Is the main menu on each page?
- Consistency: Is your website layout consistent? Or does it confuse the user?
These are important things to check to make sure your website works as intended. If none of these things work right, it can break your whole website, which in turn will make you lose customers and money.
Check the Content
Always make sure you check for spelling and grammar issues on your website. Especially within your links and pages. If you link to something spelled one way, but the page is actually a different spelling, this can cause your links to break.
This is an issue if you want your website to pass usability testing. Your website is not usable if you cannot go from each page to the next. Anchor text links need to work properly, and images should show up as intended.
Are your sitemaps present with all the required links with a proper view of your navigation? This is important as sitemaps help your users search your website and get a view of all of your web pages. This is good for users that get confused with where to find something.
You need to make sure your interfaces work as intended. This includes the webserver interface, application interface, and the database server interface. If none of these works right, it can break your website.
Are the interactions executed right? Are any errors within these interfaces handled properly? When the webserver or database gives an error message for anything handled by the application server, that server is supposed to catch and display the message for its users. If these interfaces break, then they will be confused as to why it is not working right, and you can lose sales.
What happens when the user interrupts transactions between the interfaces? What about the connection to the server, if it is reset, what happens? These are important things to make sure work properly.
You need to make sure your website is compatible with other browsers, operating systems, other devices, and if it can print (if enabled). If none of these features work properly, there may be something wrong with the application. Let CP World find the cause for you so it can get fixed.
Some web-based applications can work better in one browser compared to a different one. You need to make sure your website is cross-platform compatible. Each browser has different settings, and if your website is not set up for that, you may lose customers because they cannot use your website.
Your web application needs to be compatible with all operating systems. Some features, such as graphic design and different API’s may not work with all of these. Your website needs to be tested on all platforms available.
This includes mobile. Smartphones are no longer the thing of the future; they are constantly being used to browse the internet. If your website does not work on mobile, then you will lose customers. This is because a lot of people use their phones compared to a computer and you need to make sure your application is compatible with it.
Being Able to Print
Does your website allow printing? If so, does it function as intended? Can you select print and actually print that page? It is important that this feature works as it is supposed to when it is an option.
Does your website perform as expected? What happens when multiple users access the same web page? Does the page slow down with its loading, or does the loading time stay the same? If there is a heavy load on your website, will it continue to function properly?
These are important questions to factor into your website. If you get a heavy server load and your website ceases to function, it will upset your users and they will be not as likely to keep visiting you.
Security testing is a very important type of testing to have done. If your website does not pass security tests, it can be a risk to you and your users or customers. You do not want their information hacked along with yours. You want everyone to feel safe when they browse your website. You also want to find any vulnerabilities in your website while it is being used and get those fixed as soon as possible.
What You Need to Know
There are a few questions you might want to be answered while they are working on your website. These include the following:
- Is the website working correctly?
- Will the user find your website easy to browse?
- Can users use your website on any device?
- Is your website secured?
- Is your website performing properly?
- Is any data inputted into your website stored properly?
These are just some of the questions you need to get answered from CP World. If the answer is no to any of these questions, then you know you need to get your website fixed. Whether the developer or you need to correct the issues, you will know that in order to increase and not lose sales, you will have to get it fixed as soon as possible.
It is important to get your website tested by CP World, so you know what is wrong (if anything) and what needs to get fixed to ensure the safety of your users and so you do not lose any customers or sales. They perform software and application testing services for your website. They provide reports that explain everything you need to know about how it works or how it is not working. This way you can fix any bugs or issues that end up being found and you can keep your website going strong. Check out CP World today and get that website back up and running!