5 Cross Browser Testing Tools to ease Browser Compatibility Issues

5 Cross Browser Testing Tools  to ease Browser Compatibility Issues

Cross browser testing is a major challenge for software testers. There is an endless combination of various legacy and modern browsers for software testers to test applications and websites to iron out compatibility issues.

An ideal mobile or web application runs uniformly on a combination of various browsers, versions, devices and OS. To make your task easier we have listed five cross browser testing tools to help ease browser compatibility issues.

Browserstack
Browserstack is a popular cross browser testing tool that uses virtualization on the cloud infrastructure to give you access to the testing platform and requires no installation. Browserstack allows websites to be tested through online JavaScript or Selenium automated test suites. It supports testing across 700+ browsers and is equipped with user-friendly features such as screenshots, local testing, responsive design testing, API’s, etc.

www.browserstack.com

Crossbrowsertesting.com
Crossbrowsertesting.com allows live testing of the website across different browsers and operating systems. To use it, you need to login to the Cross Browser Testing platform, select the operating system, browser and start testing your website for HTML forms, AJAX, JavaScript and Flash. There is an automated layout comparison feature that allows you to test your website on a “base” browser and get a summary of differences along with screenshots of bugs and layout issue. Websites can also be tested in the local development phase.

www.crossbrowsertesting.com

Browserling
Browserling is a cross-browser testing tools built on StackVM and powered with JavaScript and Canvas. It supports interactive browser testing without asking for installation of Applets or Flash. You just need to enter your URL and wait to see how your website looks across different browsers. It allows you to change screen resolutions, and supports more than 80+ browser combinations. Comprehensive testing facilities are available on payment.

www.browserling.com

Browsera
Browsera is an automated browser compatibility testing tool that runs on a cloud infrastructure and requires no installation. It identifies cross-browser layout problems and reports JavaScript errors. It allows you to test the entire website instead of single website pages along with links and dynamic content such as DHTML and AJAX. You will be alerted about cross-browser compatibility issues immediately.

www.browsera.com

Browsershots
Browsershots is a free open-source testing application that allows you to test your website browser compatibility at one place. This testing platform is easy to use. You need to enter your website URL and select the browser setup. You can select from various presets such as JavaScript, screen size, color depth, Flash and Java. You will receive screenshots which can be bookmarked for later review.

www.browsershots.org

The above are a few of the popular cross-browser testing tools used by software testers that allow them to perform cross-compatibility testing to their fullest extent permissible.

However, if you expect a comprehensive cross-browser testing to be conducted in a systematic way, check out Gallop’s cross browser testing services.

Gallop has developed a compatibility test accelerator that provides an online selenium grid that can be used to test your software on various devices, browsers and operating systems. It requires no installation and can be easily integrated with your existing cloud based system. The tool’s reusable libraries kick-starts automation efforts and its architecture facilitates easier portability of scripts across environments. This helps automate and accelerate browser compatibility testing. The solution is integrated with a leading cloud based solution for executing tests and scripts on combinations of OS/Platforms and Browsers. It currently supports tests to be run on 200+ browsers and platforms.

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A Quick Guide to Cross-Browser Functional Testing

A Quick Guide to Cross-Browser Functional Testing

Quality control is an essential part of any web development process, and cross-browser testing is an integral part.

Cross-browser testing refers to automated and manual testing of a website, or web-based/mobile-based applications across multiple browsers. The main aim of this kind of testing is to ensure that the application or website looks and performs in a similar manner across various browsers and platforms. The website or application should be consistent with the existing version of the browser along with OS compatibility.

Importance of Cross-Browser Testing in Any Website or Application Development
The website may look different across browsers and you can never be sure of the browser your customers may use. Most of the people who visit the website may not be aware of browser compatibility issues and they may leave the website thinking that it is not working. Although you may follow standards and build a professional looking website that works across different browsers with slight variations.

A small visual error or a text box that does not allow the user to enter info, may spell doom for your business. Hence the need to test your application or website.

Popular Types of Cross-Browser Functional Testing

Standard Multi-Browser Testing
This is the most common type of testing done to check that the Application Under Test (AUT) looks consistent across various browsers such as IE, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. This type of test can be conducted on one computer by individually opening each browser one after other. The same test script is used over different browsers to check the compatibility. It is assumed that only one person is testing at the time.

Multi Version Testing
In this type of testing, AUT is tested across more than one version of the browser, such as Mozilla Firefox 10 onwards or IE 9, IE 10. A single tester is active during the testing. The same test script is used for testing across various browsers. The tests are conducted across multiple computers because most browsers do not support different versions on the same computer.

Concurrent Testing
This type of testing confirms that the AUT is simultaneously checked across a couple of browsers at the same time. The same tester or multiple testers may be operating those browsers depending on the requirements of testing. There are many variations of this kind of testing such as – Single-Browser Concurrent Testing, Single-Browser Distributed Concurrent Testing, Multi-Browser Concurrent Testing, and Multi-Browser Distributed Testing.

Browser inconsistencies are the most difficult part of the Quality Check and to deal with them, you should understand the basic problems. Browser compatibility testing can be done manually over multiple machines, multiple browsers, multiple OSs, but it may still lead to several problems and may require larger investments and multiple challenges.

Cross-Browser Functional Testing from Gallop

Although there are lots of tools available in the market, they may not offer the comprehensive cross-browser testing that your application or website needs. This is where you can utilize the services of cross-browser testing services from Gallop.

Gallop’s cross-browser test accelerator scripts work on write-once, run-multiple concept. This allows the same automation script to be used for testing on multiple combinations of browsers, devices, and operating systems. The tool provides reusable libraries to kick-start automation efforts, and its architecture facilitates easier portability of scripts across environments. The solution is integrated with a leading cloud-based solution for executing tests and scripts on combinations of OS/Platforms and Browsers. The tool supports tests to be run on 200+ browsers and platforms. Pre-register for our upcoming webinar on Mobile App Testing to learn more.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.