When it comes to a website redesign the first thing that should come to mind is UI and UX design as they are operationally what web design is. When talking about a website redesign, the most important facet of ANY website is to allow any relevant visitor to find and interact with the information or content they need, without frustration; that is the UX design. Right behind that you want the quality of content to be high and the graphic design to be crisp and clean; that is the UI design. At the end of the day no matter how good a website looks, it is rendered almost useless if it doesn’t work. That is why UI and UX design are inseparable buddies and the core of a website redesign or even an initial design for that matter.
Learn the client, learn the market
Before you jump into creating a new design it is important to gather enough information to create a meaningful one, not just something that looks good to you. In website redesign, knowledge is power. The company’s website is for the target market and if it doesn’t resonate with them then the website redesign was a complete waste of time.
Whether you are a backend developer or a frontend one – you will know the pains of testing, user acceptance testing in particular. On one hand, it means that the bulk of the work is done – a nearly finished product is ready to be presented. On the other hand, that sometimes means that the worst is yet to come. Errors that are found during UAT testing can be pesky to get rid of if they managed to sneak through previous stages of testing.
What is user acceptance testing? Well, it doesn’t matter if the project in question is, for example, a booking app, or a browser-based game, the steps are very much the same. To take a step back, the idea of UAT testing is to simulate and test as many ‘real’ user scenarios as is possible given the time, staff and resources available for testing. As it is the last stage of testing, it is a very crucial one, since anything that slips past this stage will be included in the final product. This includes bugs as well as problems with usability.
In our new series, we are going to interview digital professionals from front-end developer or UX designer to product owner. This entry is an interview with Kiwani Dolean, a Digital Designer from London, United Kingdom about life in abroad, creativity, design and more.
Before delving into the different types of web application testing, it’s important to understand what web application testing is and why it is a vital procedure for any web application that is brought to market.
What is Web Application Testing?
Web application testing is ensuring a web application is thoroughly checked for potential bugs before it is moved into a production environment or made live. Just take a look at the Digital XRaid guys picture below. Aspects taken into account during this procedure include web application security, the web application’s accessibility and usability for an entire range of potential users, how it handles traffic, and its functionality. Without ensuring these things before pushing a web application to production, it can obviously make the company/brand look bad having a buggy, semi-working web application which then makes the developers look at least semi-professional to the company and other potential customers who are then less likely to hire the said developers.
User Acceptance Testing is used by many industries to ensure their software products or web applications are up to standards before being shipped out to the end user. While it’s such an important part of the whole development process, not many people know what it is and it could be, that you don’t yet have DebugMe in your toolset to help you out near the end of the design process. This expert guide is designed to give you insight into what is user acceptance testing (UAT testing) and how it’s performed effectively.