Cross Browser Testing can be the biggest pain for any Software Tester. But thanks to all cross-browser testing tools available online which help in minimizing the testing efforts.
I’ve written this post focusing mainly on software testers but designers can also refer cross-browser testing methods and tools mentioned in this post.
Here’s a handy Cross-browser testing checklist you can refer while testing your web project on different browsers and Operating systems:
1) CSS validation
2) HTML or XHTML validation
4) Ajax and JQeury functionality
5) Font size validation
6) Page layout in different resolutions
7) All images and alignment
8 ) Header and footer sections
9) Page content alignment to center, LHS or RHS
10) Page styles
11) Date formats
12) Special characters with HTML character encoding
13) Page zoom-in and zoom-out functionality
And obviously, you will have to repeat these tests on:
14) Different Operating Systems like Windows, Linux, and Mac
15) Different browsers (with different versions) like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera.
There are many free and paid cross-browser testing tools available in the market. And you need to select the browser compatibility tool depending upon your needs. If cross-browser testing is a critical part of your web project then you must allocate some considerable time, resources and budget for testing your website on different web browsers. Paid cross-browser testing tools can also be a good option for projects having browser dependent functionality. But for most of the projects, free cross browser testing tools are sufficient to verify cross-browser functionality.
Check out below list of all cross-browser testing tools available online for the testing website in multiple browsers:
What You Will Learn:
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Description: Test your website on 1500+ real desktop and mobile browsers. Interactively test and debug on live remote devices, view your website on multiple browsers at once by taking automated, or run automated using Selenium, Appium, or your other favourite frameworks. Agile teams can test faster with parallel testing and integrations with CI tools like Jenkins.
Download Link: There is a 7-day free trial available by simply signing up at CrossBrowserTesting.com
Description: The Spoon Browser Sandbox allows you to use almost all the web browsers without installing on your machine. You can run all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera on your machine directly from the web. (Note: Currently Internet Explorer is removed temporarily from the list of this sandbox)
Spoon Browser Sandbox is a free service currently supporting most of the browsers.
Download link: TestComplete
Description: Browsershots allow you to test a website in any browser and operating system. This is a widely used cross-browser testing tool because of its features and available customizations.
You need to repeat these steps for every test. This free browser compatibility test service can be used for taking website screen-shots almost in 61 browsers and various operating systems.
The main drawback of this service is the time taken to display the result when you select several browsers and many times it shows timeout error.
IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Minefield, Netscape and many more browsers with all versions.
Description: This is a free online browser compatibility check tool to test website on almost all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Just select the Internet Explorer version from the drop-down list and put your URL to start rendering the website. You can instantly verify the screen-shot of the page under test.
There is also an “IE NetRenderer” Firefox add-on available that allows you to render the web page that you are currently reading.
Description: A Firefox and Chrome add-on to simulate IE browse with a single click of a button. This is the best tool for software testers and developers since you can easily view how your web page is displayed in the Internet Explorer with just one click using Firefox or Chrome browsers. Unfortunately, this add-on is not available for Firefox 6.0 and its above versions. But again it is a good tool to quickly start your testing on Internet Explorer when you have either Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.
Description: There are many options available online if you want to check the browser compatibility on Internet Explorer versions. IE tester is one of those options that allows you to test your website on multiple Internet Explorer versions at the same time using one application.
IETester, a free cross browser testing tool can be used to test website on IE 5.5, IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9 preview browsers on Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems.
Description: Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview free cross browser testing software allows you to test and debug the layout issues across different IE browsers and platforms. You can check the websites in different browsers simultaneously. Also, check how a page renders in a browser and compare it with the other standard screen-shots you have.
Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer shows your web pages rendered in Internet Explorer 6 and either Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8, depending on which version you have installed on your machine.
Currently, the beta version of SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is available for free download.
If you can’t rely on these free online cross-browser testing tools then using Virtual Desktop is the best solution for you. Using Virtual machine you can simulate the live environment for multiple browsers and different operating systems. You can use virtual machine software or set up a virtual machine on your office network with different operating system images and browsers which can be accessed remotely for browser compatibility testing.
This is an automated browser compatibility testing tool used to test a website and its elements in multiple browsers. You can use this service to test a website and all web pages for layout and scripting errors.
You can preview the web pages across multiple versions of Internet Explorer (Windows), Firefox (Windows and Mac OS X), Safari (Mac OS X), and Chrome (Windows). You can quickly view full screen-shots with multiple view options and customizable test settings. You can also test a web page content by zooming particular sections and comparing those with different browser screen-shots for alignment and other layout issues.
BrowserCam is a paid online service that allows you to view your web pages across different platforms and browsers, either by automatically taking the screen-shot or manually navigating web pages in different browsers. A free trial is available for 200 screen captures in a day.
The browserseal cross-browser testing tool allows you to capture an image of your website under different browsers with a single click of a mouse. You can navigate images to spot layout and UI issues. Browserseal tool support almost all major versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.
Free Trial version of Browserseal is also available, limited to two browsers (Firefox and Internet Explorer) and one screen-shot per session.
Cloud Testing tool allows you to check website look and feel and the functionality of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari. Opera and Google Chrome browsers on real operating systems in the cloud.
Many testers find screen capture browser testing little time consuming to test multiple pages. The solution to this is using Interactive Cross Browser Testing tools.
There are some tools like Browserling and BrowserTap for interactive cross-browser testing.
It’s a LIVE Cross Browser Testing tool to test your website on different browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera.
One more on the list:
There are many free and paid cross-browser testing tools available in the market. Tools range from automated software testing tools to tools that will combine multiple testing tools, which will speed up the QA process.
As of now, you should have a clear idea of many free and paid cross-browser testing tools available online. Obviously, selection of a good cross-browser testing tool depends on your requirement as each browser compatibility checking tool comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Which cross-browser testing tools/methods you use to test browser compatibility? If you have your own way of testing browser compatibility, please let us know in the comments section below.
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