Web Application Testing
Web testing is the name given to software testing that focuses on web applications. Complete testing of a web-based system before going live can help address issues before the system is revealed to the public. During this stage issues such as that of web application security, the functioning of the site, its access to handicapped as well as regular users and its ability to handle traffic is checked.
The web Browser has an ability to send information through a map of string to a web server. The server deals with the requests by passing it off to an engine running application code. It focuses on test client and server part. It becomes difficult to come up with testing framework for testing both at once.
Areas Covered by Web Application Testing:
- Configuration errors
- Application loopholes in server code or scripts
- Advice on data that could have been exposed due to past errors
- Testing for known vulnerabilities
- Reducing the risk and enticement to attack
- Advice on fixes and future security plans
The quality of a website must be evident from the Onset. Any difficulty whether in response time, accuracy of information, or ease of use will compel the user to click to a competitor’s site. Such problems translate into lost of users, lost sales, and poor company image.
A Web Application Performance Tool, also known as (WAPT) is used to test web applications and web related interfaces. These tools are used for performance, load and stress testing of web applications, web sites, web servers and other web interfaces.
WAPT tends to simulate virtual users which will repeat either recorded URLs or specified URL and allows the users to specify number of times or iterations that the virtual users will have to repeat the recorded URLs. By doing so, the tool is useful to check for bottleneck and performance leakage in the website or web application being tested.
A WAPT faces various challenges during testing and should be able to conduct tests for:
- Browser compatibility
- Operating system compatibility
- Windows application compatibility where required (especially for backend testing)