Certain useful tips for website usability testing

Tags: web development, development, firefox extensions, design

One of the most important parts of launching a website is its testing.  It is in fact very difficult to launch a broken website that drives away the user and hurts the reputation of the makers of the site. It creates more work, more headaches and loss of profit.
There are many tools in web development testing. These tools help you to test every aspect of the site, from CSS evaluation to website speed. You can easily make sure that the customers have a problem free experience, while visiting the website. These tools help you to make it easier.

WebSite Plus Test Tools (http://www.websitepulse.com/)

Are you in search of a faster method to detect response time, file size and links? WebSite Plus Test Tools has some quick and user friendly tests that helps to find out all, from website speed to link error. It also provides necessary details about the file size, redirect speed and DNS.

XenoCode Browser Sandbox (http://www.xenocode.com/browsers/ )

Browser testing is one of the most tedious parts of web development. No developer may have very browser type on a single computer for proper testing. This makes matter worse.

Try to use XenoCode Browser Sandbox, with a series of virtual applications that can run all popular browsers at the same time. This doesn’t require an installation of software. On the other hand it may turn out heavy in certain browsers and also lacks a Mac version.

Firebug Firefox Extension (http://getfirebug.com/)

Rated as one of the favorite extension of the programmers everywhere, Firebug is one of the best applications to sort out debugging issues with front end code and CSS. If you find any image or style out of the line try to check with Firebug to get the best response. You are also free to change the styles within the extension so as to view the appearance of the website in the browser.

Load Impact (http://loadimpact.com/ )

This stimulates a large userload on the web server, to find out whether it can handle high traffic load. Load impact comes in free version as well as paid versions.

Safari Web Inspector (http://www.apple.com/safari/ )

One of the most important features of Apple’s Safari web browser is Web Inspector. This will be available only after turning on the development tab and helps to display stylesheets, images, and scripts on any webpage. Network feature is the most important part of Web Inspector. It shows the order and speed in which documents and scripts get transferred from the server to the browser. You can use it to find the scripts, files, or images that place the most strain on browsers so that it can be fixed soon.

Web Developer Firefox Extension

(https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60 )

Web Developer is one of the most useful Firefox extensions for web developers. It has a wide range of tests that include testing for broken images, testing layouts in multiple screen sizes, viewing cookie information, and validating mark-up. This is one of the ultimate testing companions for Firefox users.

W3C Validation Services

W3C Validator checks the markup of the site and displays errors, based on industry standards. Some of the most important validators include
• W3C Markup Validation
• W3C CSS Validation
• W3C mobileOK Checker
• W3C Link Checker
• W3C Feed Validation Service

The above said tools help in making a website fast and bug-free, detecting problems early.

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