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Top Seven Browser Compatibility Testing Tools For Developers in 2019

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Top Seven Browser Compatibility Testing Tools For Developers in 2019

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Some valuable browser testing tools.

Some valuable browser testing tools.


When talking about website or web app development, one thing that developers are most concerned about is cross-browser compatibility. As you know, there are multiple things involved in creating a website, such as planning, designing, testing, etc. For developers, executing each of these tasks is crucial at every stage of web app development to ensure that users don’t face any error while browsing the website.

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Most of the work related to web app can be done during the development phase to improve user experience, but cross-browser compatibility is something that can trouble you even after the website is live. For instance, let’s just say that you have tested your site compatibility across some specific browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome.

What if a user visits your website via Opera or Safari browser?

Do you think your website is compatible with other browsers as well? And if it is not, do you think users will revisit your site?

Due to the lack of your site’s browser compatibility, you can lose on a lot of user traffic, which might result in less return on investment. Thus, it is vital to test your web app across all those browsers that users can use to access your website.

What Does Cross-Browser Compatibility Mean?

Multiple explanations of cross-browser testing are available across the internet, and all of them are true in their way. In our opinion, we believe that verifying the functionality of a web app or website across all the related browsers, operating systems, and devices to ensure it provides a common user experience on every platform is considered as cross-browser compatibility testing. Now, there are multiple metrics involved in it, such as:

  • Performance – Ensuring optimal web performance on all platforms.
  • Code validation – Ensuring that the JavaScript and CSS validate appropriately across all browsers.
  • User interface – Checking whether the web UI matches as per your expectations or not.
  • Behavior – Providing the same user experience throughout the website like navigation, dialog boxes, links, etc.

Most of you might be thinking, is it necessary to test the website across all the browsers, and if it is, then how much time would it take to test all the browsers, OS, and devices?

First of all, the list of browsers, operating systems, and devices are too long, so testing every browser+OS combination doesn’t make sense; however, you will have to do your research to find out what browsers and devices users uses the most to access your website.

Even after finalizing a list of browsers, OS, and devices, it is not easy to test every combination manually because it requires a lot of resources, efforts, and most importantly — time. So, there are browser testing tools for developers to ease the process of cross-browser compatibility testing.

Here, we will take a look at the top seven browser testing tools for developers available in 2019.

1. LambdaTest

If you’re looking for a cloud-based automated cross-browser testing platform that offers a combination of more than 2000 browsers and operating systems to test your web app, then LambdaTest is the only viable choice for you. It allows you to execute automated selenium scripts on a cloud-based selenium grid while enabling you to perform live interactive testing of web pages. Not just automation testing, real-time testing, responsive testing, screenshot testing, or visual testing, LambdaTest also provides 24/7 support if you face any problems while testing your web app or site.

Features of LambdaTest

  • Offer to test locally hosted and privately hosted web pages with the LambdaTest Tunnel feature.
  • Compare screenshots of different web pages in a staging environment with Smart UI comparison testing.
  • Generate automated screenshots for your web app testing with Screenshot API.
  • Provide extension for Google Chrome and WordPress.
  • Provide integration for many bug tracking and project management tools like Jira, Trello, GitHub, etc.

The best part about LambdaTest is that it fits your pocket easily. The live testing plan for LambdaTest starts at $15/month, and web automation + Live plans start at $59/month. Moreover, there is a Lifetime free option also available that makes it one of the most accessible cross-browser testing tools.

2. Browserstack

Being one of the oldest players in the browser testing market, Browserstack is still amongst one of the popular live, web-based browser testing tools used by some of the most prominent enterprises like Microsoft, jQuery, Airbnb, and Wikipedia. Browserstack provides instant access to a virtual machine with dev tools, making it easy for developers to test their web app. What’s more interesting about Browserstack is that it provide a local secure testing feature, which is a great advantage for developers.

Features of Browserstack

  • Perform responsive testing, screenshot testing across a combination of 1500+ browsers and operating systems.
  • Test desktop resolution from 800 x 600 to 2048 x 1536.
  • It offers a solid mix of six operating systems and five windows versions.
  • Geolocation testing features to simulate locations with secure and private IPs.

The pricing plans for Browserstack starts at $29/month for web live testing and $99/month for web automation testing.

3. Browsershots

An open-source online cross-browser testing platform that is around the corner since 2005, Browsershots mainly focuses on capturing screenshots within a browser. The primary reason behind developing Browsershots was to allow individuals to volunteer computers as the processing power. It is a queue-based tool that asks you to enter the web page URL to input bar, and then pass it through different distributed computer systems.

Features of Browsershots

  • Completely free and ad-driven with over 200 browsers versions to capture screenshot from.
  • Support a wide variety of browsers, including Arora, Opera, Safari, SeaMonkey, etc..
  • Support desktop resolution from 640px to 1600px.
  • Alter color depth, disable JavaScript, and disable/enable Java and Flash.

There is no price plan for Browsershots, as it is an open-source free to use testing platform.

4. Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs is amongst the most popular cloud-based cross-browser testing platforms, which is known for providing services to enterprises, and open source development teams. It is considered for offering both manual and automated testing of web and mobile applications across more than 800 browsers and mobile devices. Moreover, it is integrated with new technologies, such as JS Unit, Selenium, Appium, etc. It promises to deliver faster test coverage while offering quick and stable testing.

Features of Sauce Labs

  • It doesn’t require any maintenance as well as virtual machine installation on your system.
  • Provide access to live breakpoints so that you can control your system manually to find issues.
  • An optimized cloud-based testing platform that allows you to run tests in parallel across multiple browsers.
  • It comes with a screenshot and video recording facility so that you can track bugs quickly.
  • Extended debugging for network calls and browser console logs to gain insights into network requests and browser performance.
  • The state of the art mobile testing makes Sauce Labs stand out from other cloud-based testing platforms.

The pricing of Sauce Labs subscription starts at $19 for 1 concurrent session. Although there is a free trial plan also available that is valid for 14 days and provides two concurrent sessions with 60 real-time testing minutes.

5. Browser Sandbox

This browser testing tool is officially operated by turbo.net. Browser Sandbox comes with a unique way of testing web browser issues. It is a web-based container platform that is capable of running desktop and server-based applications quickly on any Windows desktop.

Features of Browser Sandbox

  • Extensive support for multiple browsers like Internet Explorer 6-11, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Etc.
  • No installation required, run quickly just by a single click.
  • Capable of testing server-based applications and sites.

Well, the pricing plans for Browser Sandbox start at $9.95/month, but they also offer a free plan that allows you to run the latest versions of applications with 10 GB of storage.

6. Browserling

Browserling is one of the most compelling live interactive cross-browser testing tools that was launched by Peteris Krumins and James Halliday in 2010. The primary focus behind its development was to build a tool that can test websites or web apps in a matter of seconds.

It is widely used by many big firms like Teespring, NHS, Blekko, and Coderwall. Browserling allows you to capture screenshots for your web pages with screenshot testing, and then share it with your teammates. Just like Browserstack, it also connects you with real browsers that run on real machines so that it feels like you have installed it on your local computer.

Features of Browserling:

  • Change screen resolution and resize browsers to test the responsiveness of your website or web app.
  • Provides extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera browsers for quick cross-browser testing.
  • Support a wide range of operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 8.1.
  • Provides API, and SSH tunnels for local testing.

The pricing plans for Browserling starts at $19/month, which includes almost everything. However, you can also opt for a team plan that would cost you around $29/month.

7. Cross Browser Testing

If we are talking about browser testing tools, then how can we not mention CrossBrowser Testing. Launched in 2008, CrossBrowser Testing has attained a significant position in the browser testing market; it is a cloud-based platform that gives you access to test your web app across dozens of browsers and real devices with instant results. Using its secure local Tunnel connection, you can even test your site behind your company’s firewall. Also, with Selenium online grid, you can run selenium and Appium scripts on real devices and browsers.

Features of CrossBrowser Testing

  • Comes with automated screenshot feature that allows you to generate screenshots across multiple platforms
  • Run multiple scripts with parallel testing to cut down build times
  • Schedule screenshots for multiple URL at once with Screenshot API
  • Provide a codeless record and replay functionality

The pricing plans for CrossBrowser Testing starts at $29/month, which includes multiple manual tests, 150 minutes of automated testing, and two concurrent tests. Also, there is an individual plan for freelancers that starts at $15/month.

Conclusion

Cross-browser compatibility testing is one of the most crucial aspects of the web app or website development; it ensures that users are having no trouble accessing your website across different browsers and operating systems. Also, it makes sure that your site is performing as per your expectations. But, testing cross-browser compatibility manually is very time consuming and hectic; thus, it is recommended to use a cross-browser compatibility testing tool.

According to us, these are the top 7 browser compatibility testing tools for developers in 2019. However, if you know of any other tool that is better than the above-mentioned tools, then do let us know about it in the comments.


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