Testing your website has never been easier than it is today. Today there are numerous websites that automatically test your website with highly advanced software systems. Websites such as smartbear.com offer automated testers with powerful tools that can literally save you hours upon hours of manual website testing.
When it comes to the actual testing, there are 5 tips that we can give you that you should make sure to do on your website before you initiate the automatic testing. In the paragraphs below we’ll outline these tips.
 For the first tip, you should at least moderately test your website code manually before run a script based test, as this will weed out many of the most obvious coding errors beforehand. While auto testers will pick up many errors for you that you probably wouldn’t have found yourself, there are still many errors that you can quickly identify yourself.
 Before running script tests you should always manually test that your server is fully live and working properly. If your server is lagging, slow, or isn’t fully online, then the auto script will not be able to test for any errors.
 Be sure to test your DNS settings as well, as any misconfiguration will not allow you to run a script based test through your website, thus resulting in an access error.
 If you are going to be testing for your website load time, then make sure that you have done everything necessary to make sure that your website not only properly loads, but that it is fully optimized for loading speed. Basically you want to use the testing in order to help you fine tune any potential problems. What you don’t want to do is use the testing when you already know that the website isn’t quite fully optimized yet.
 When doing cross browser testing, you should first make sure that you have done everything possible to make sure that your web code is full compatible across all target browsers, such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc… Again, you want to use auto testing for cross browser compatibility after you’ve made sure to code the website properly, as opposed to sloppily creating a website and then running the auto tester.
In conclusion, auto testing your website should be done after you have done your part to create a properly functioning and coded website, as the auto test will detect far less errors.