This article follows up my previous one on the cost of testing mobile websites without any mobile device.
There are less counterpart tools exposed here since testing a native application de facto excludes tools like User Agents or browser development toolset.
A long load time to display your web page may unfortunately frustrate the user who will leave the website (the maximum waiting time tolerated is estimated to 4 seconds approximately). Even before landing on your page, the user has to find your website and Google Bots will tend to reference it better if the loading time is below 2 seconds.
It means the loading time of a web page is a critical feature.
There are various ways to measure the load time of a web page. For example:
- the console in the browser
- on-line websites
- browser plugins
- specific tools measuring loading time
Let me introduce you a tool I really find convenient. As a tester, you like to use heuristics for all kind of data you need to fill. Let’s talk about a simple example, a form where you need to enter your name, your address and a text.
You will test this with empty fields, very long text, SQL injection, Special characters, End-of-Line characters, text where numbers are only required and probably also with several encodings, etc (See this Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet for more ideas). If you don’t have a UI framework that test this with data, then you need to enter this “manually”, or you can be helped by a tool like “Bug Magnet” available in the Chrome Store.
Then simply with a right click you will be able to add: …