Usability can actually be a marketing tool. The more informative a website is, the more likely it is that a potential customer will remain long enough to convert. A high quality site also makes it easier for the customer to interact, thus minimising website abandonment, and these aren’t the only ways that user friendliness and usability increase conversions.
The purpose of nonfunctional testing is to go beyond the input and output of an application to determine how well it meets system requirements. Nonfunctional testing determines how well an application interacts with the the environment in which it is intended to function.
From the viewpoint of software development, interface exists to enable human beings to communicate with and use software. This is so true that the average individual judges the quality of an application by the quality of its interface. It doesn't matter how well the program may perform its designed functions, it will still be rejected if the interface is not well designed.
The Internet has become a vital part of society. It is the Library of Alexandria of the 21st Century. More people are going online every year and no business can avoid the need to reach customers and do business through the Internet. The website has gone from being an adjunct form of advertising, to being the image that any given business presents to the world. Consequently, building the right website has become an important part of any successful business plan.
Software testing began as a human activity and has evolved, right along with coding, to embrace an increasing amount of automation. The pressure to automate is quite strong. It speeds the development process and cuts costs, at least most of the time. But is it always the go-to solution?
The importance of user experience testing has grown in direct proportion to the complexity of what is being tested. There was a time when software UAT didn’t even exist because software did not exist. There was no such thing when Charles Babbage started work on his “difference engine” way back in the early 1800s.
When designing for the mobile experience it is important to remember that we human beings aren't really good at focusing our attention. We are generally better at scanning our environment because that was how our ancestors survived and kept out of reach of tigers. Mobile devices such as iPhones and tablets are actually a bit harder to use because smaller screens require greater focus, which can actually shorten attention span. Yet, Google's latest study indicates that use of mobile platforms is on the rise, do to the need for quick and convenient interface. Here are seven ways you can improve your visitors mobile user experience.
User acceptance testing is vital because, ultimately, the quality of any software is determined by the user. This is why it is important to develop realistic and useful test cases. These cases should be based on both careful interviews with users of the system and monitoring of the environment in which the application will be used.
Ideally, UAT testing should provide the opportunity to uncover any remaining bugs, and to test usability directly in the operational environment. These tests should generate a confident certainty that the software will function as designed when it goes live. However, this isn't always the case.