Why Should You Automate Cross-Browser Testing?

Camilla Lassen

Are you working on an app that requires cross-browser testing, and looking for a way to make that testing more efficient? Then read on to learn how you can achieve quality delivery at speed within a short time frame.

Cross-browser testing is a time intensive task if done manually. And while the world is in the midst of an ongoing crisis, that’s time you don’t have to spare.

Teams are refocusing their resources to make their cross browser testing more efficient. So how can automation help you achieve quality delivery at speed within a short time frame?

In this post, you’ll find the following:

What is cross browser testing?

The method of cross browser testing compares and analyzes your website, or web application behavior in different browsers and browser versions. It makes sure that your website has a quality user experience no matter the browser or device type used to access a web application. 

With the vast array of browsers and devices on the market, there are many ways an application can be accessed. For testers, this creates the challenge of testing their application across countless browser and device combinations.

The main benefit of cross-browser testing is that it provides a tester with better test coverage which can help avoid cross browser compatibility issues.

But the problem with cross-browser testing is that it requires a tester to create different scripts for each browser, and to test every combination separately.

Ensuring that an application works across different access points and any number of device and browser type combinations makes this test process very labor-intensive.

This can be expensive and difficult to do. But that doesn’t mean that cross-browser testing should be avoided, that it is impossible to test, or that it is a waste of time to do so. 

It is possible to make cross browser and device testing more efficient and one way to combat the time and cost issue is to automate using a no-code tool.

Read: How to Build Cross-Application Test Automation

Why should you automate cross-browser testing?

Doing cross-browser testing manually can help you check essential features and find bugs in web apps on a small scale.

But when you have to test your web app across thousands of combinations of browsers and device types, it becomes impossible to justify the time and resources used.

Automated testing is a faster approach to manual testing because users can replicate repeatable test cases.

But while the primary goal of automated testing is to execute tests in a smaller time frame, code-based automation doesn't always save testers time. This is because testers get mired down in the maintenance of scripted test cases. 

So how can businesses unlock the full potential of automation without the burden of increasing maintenance workload?

One automation tool has removed the complexity of coding from the testing processes, and instead uses visual and intuitive building blocks to automate test cases across browsers and platforms. 

Automating cross-browser testing with Leapwork

Leapwork is a codeless test automation platform, which can be used to test any application and any browser.

There are several benefits to be gained from automating cross-browser testing using Leapwork. These include:

  • Saving time and money
  • Running multiple tests continuously
  • Providing better test coverage
  • Improving test accuracy
  • Can be used together with Selenium

With the platform, it is possible to use a test created for one browser on other browsers as well.

This is possible as users can set up each browser or device as a test "Environment" in the platform.

The testers can create different environments, specifying a browser for each environment, and then run the same test case on these environments using a schedule.

This way a single test case can be executed on several different browsers.

Read: How to Automate Web Testing Across Browsers and Devices

Leapwork lets both technical and non-technical specialists design Selenium-based browser test flows, across all modern browsers.

Are you interested in learning more? You can find out more about web automation in our complete guide to testing web with codeless automation.

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