The benefits of automated testing in web development
Do you appreciate perfection? Your website’s users do, too! Perfection in every aspect of how your website works and looks is achievable — thanks to services like testing, code review, and site audits. However, to reach the ultimate perfection, you should pay special attention to such popular types of testing as automated testing. Let’s now review some benefits of automated testing for your web project.
10 benefits of automated testing
Most web development companies offer test automation as part of development process or as a separate service. The main goals of automated testing are to improve the quality of software, increase the agility of the development process, and reduce potential risks. And automated testing is in high demand because it offers the following (and much more!).
With automated testing, great volumes of tests can be run in no time. It could take ages to test the same things manually. This significantly speeds up the deployment of new features, as well as overall project delivery time.
This great speed is achieved by powerful automation tools, high-quality scripts written by QA engineers, as well as the test reusability and a great number of test cases covered. More details are coming.
In automated testing, the same tests can be run as many times as needed with the required alterations made. Ready scripts may come in handy both for different scenarios and for different projects in certain parts.
More browsers, more devices, more scenarios
Automated cross-device and cross-browser testing will quickly check how your site works on an ocean of mobile devices and browsers. Test automation also offers an amazing coverage of various test scenarios, so you know your site is prepared for any situation imaginable.
Regression testing opportunities
One of the areas where test reusability plays a main role is regression testing. It is meant to check if everything works well after some changes have been made or features added. One feature may require a multitude of tests to be taken (for various browsers, devices, and so on). OK, let’s just reuse the existing ones!
High accuracy and reliability
In monotonous and repetitive manual tests, it is possible that a tester can miss a bug or forget a certain step. Test automation protects you from this by offering highly accurate results with no risk for human error.
Automated tests do not require the continuous attention of QA engineers. They can run round-the-clock and provide detailed reports that can be checked at any convenient time.
Thanks to clear and precise documentation in automated testing, it is easy for QA engineers to continue the work of their colleagues.
Early bug catching
An automated test can catch an early bug! The sooner it happens and the less impact the bug has already made, the cheaper it is to fix it.
Load testing opportunities
A vivid example of what manual testing cannot do is checking your site’s behaviour with thousands of users on it. Even hundreds of thousands of virtual users can “knock” on your site’s doors thanks to automated testing. Load testing is very important for measuring your site’s ability to work under pressure.
Money benefits: quick sum-up
By itself, automated testing is more expensive than manual testing. However, a number of factors make it cost-efficient. Let’s sum these up:
- huge work time savings are guaranteed
- once written, tests can be widely reused
- tests run autonomously 24/7 with no need for QA engineers’ hours
- testers need less time to understand their colleagues’ work
- multiple devices, browsers, and scenarios are covered easily
- bug fixes are cheaper at earlier stages
- your website ideas are implemented faster
- reliable websites increase your profits
- well-covered mobile devices do as well
and so on.
Where automated testing is required
Automated testing is not needed everywhere. For some cases, manual testing works better, and for some, the use of test automation is simply irrational.
The areas where automated testing is especially recommended include regression testing, load testing, cross-browser and cross-platform testing, big and complex projects, high-priority and frequently used features, and more.
If you want to fully appreciate all these benefits of automated testing, hire an expert team of WishDesk QA engineers. They will also advise you about where exactly you need test automation. Let your website’s ultimate perfection be their responsibility!