A website or web application may look differently depending on the location from where it is accessed. If you are building a consumer web product that has a diverse target audience, it is essential to perform geolocation testing.
The good news is that Selenium 4 can really take you places to ensure your web-application renders perfectly from different countries, states, or even cities. Today, I am going to help you teleport from one location to another. Well, to be honest it’s going to be your browser doing that. In this article, I will be mocking browser’s geolocation using Selenium 4 alpha. Ready? Let’s do this.
A lot of time, depending on the location, organization serves different content on the website. The websites being served in different countries can be in different languages or even the content or product showcased on the website might be different. To make sure that your users are being served the right content it is important to perform Gelocation testing.
Geolocation testing, as the name suggests, is a type of testing where perform tests on your website from IPs of various countries around the world. In one of our earlier blogs, we have covered the importance of geolocation browser testing in greater depth.
Shown below is the diversity of search results when search for LambdaTest is performed through an IP address from France & UK respectively.
The difference in search results clearly highlights the necessity of Geolocation testing which is a practice where testing of the website is performed from a set of IP addresses that belong to different countries around the world.
Geolocation testing is useful for checking whether product features dependent on geolocation (e.g. content) are localized as per the user location & demographics. Also called geotargeting, it is an important feature for evaluating SERP (Search Engine Result Pages). Better search rankings in turn aids in increasing conversions of the website (or web app).
Here are some of the features that can be tested with Geolocation browser testing:
To further explain the importance of Geolocation Testing with selenium. I’ll take the case of a popular e-commerce store and show you how it serves different content based on the location.
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, many popular e-commerce websites temporarily stopped shipping to areas (or pin codes) where a large number of COVID-19 cases were reported.
They restricted to delivering only essential items to their customers in some locations where few cases are reported, whereas they continued shipping essential & non-essential items in locations where no cases are reported.
This is where geolocation testing comes very handy as it helps in testing the tailor-made experience of the website (or app) depending on the user’s location. Here are the sample pages of a popular e-commerce website which shows how the content and UX differs depending on the country from where the page is accessed:
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Selenium is one of the most popular automated testing frameworks, with a market share of about 26.4% in the software testing tools category. This open-source testing framework enables you to automate user actions on your software application under test.
Using this free testing framework, you can also verify & validate your software products across multiple browsers. Additionally, you can create Selenium test scripts using various programming languages such as C#, Java, Python, etc.
The Selenium automation software consists of a host of software tools to cater to an organization’s different quality engineering needs. These are:
Even though Selenium is among the most preferable web-app testing frameworks, it is not completely flawless. This automation framework has its fair share of challenges that developers face while working with it. Let us discuss some of the most common challenges and how you can tackle each of them.
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Selenium has gone through a tremendous evolution since its introduction and that’s the reason today it is the most popular and powerful automation testing tool. The newly released Selenium 4 is creating a lot of buzz and the complete testing community is looking forward to exploring its updated features.
Before we dive into Selenium 4, let’s have a brief introduction to its previous versions. Selenium 1 was declared as the free open source automation testing framework in the year 2004 consisting of selenium IDE, RC, and web driver. Whereas, the Selenium 2 released in 2011 consisted of the IDE, Web driver, and Grid. The RC server was merged with the web driver, as the web driver facilitated easy automation scripting for the browsers. Selenium 3 was officially released in 2016. One of the most noticeable changes in selenium 3 was the replacement of the selenium core with the web driver-backed option, the introduction of the gecko driver, and W3C web driver integration.
With the aim of executing much seamless, accurate and faster test automation, Selenium 4 was released on 24th April 2019. So let’s unleash all the major features of selenium 4 which sets it apart from the earlier versions delivering better test automation. There are a lot of exciting features in Selenium 4 across the complete suite i.e. Selenium IDE, Webdriver and Grid. In Selenium 4 though the Webdriver captures the spotlight, we will cover the updated features of selenium IDE and selenium grid. So first of all let’s define the different user groups for the Selenium suite.
Selenium is a suite of tools that caters to the various requirements of the project such as:
Let us explore the features of Selenium 4 across the different Selenium Tools.
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The demand for delivering quality software faster — or “Quality at Speed” — requires organizations to search for solutions in Agile, continuous integration (CI), and DevOps methodologies. Test automation is an essential part of these aspects. The latest World Quality Report 2018–2019 suggests that test automation is the biggest bottleneck to deliver “Quality at Speed,” as it is an enabler of successful Agile and DevOps adoption.
Test automation cannot be realized without good tools; as they determine how automation is performed and whether the benefits of automation can be delivered. Test automation tools is a crucial component in the DevOps toolchain. The current test automation trends have increased in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to offer advanced capabilities for test optimization, intelligent test generation, execution, and reporting. It will be worthwhile to understand which tools are best poised to take advantage of these trends.****
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In the last blog, we saw how we can use locator strategies to find and use different elements for automating our projects. In this blog, we will see how we can automate the drop-down menu and checkbox using selenium 4.0.
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Localization automation testing is essential for your product to gain good standing globally. Read on to learn how to do localization testing using Selenium WebDriver.
Automation testing is vital to the entire process of delivering a successful web product. The challenge associated with testing a web site or web app grows exponentially if it’s built for a global audience (particularly non-English audience). Automation tests have to be performed to ensure that the product features (including the content) cater to specific locales. That’s why localization testing using Selenium WebDriver has become increasingly relevant when a plethora of software products are being built for the world!
We’re sure you’ve come across scenarios where some content or portion of the website did not render correctly in a specific location. This is a common dilemma that most Selenium test automation engineers often come across, and it is extremely likely that incorrectly formatted strings are a part of the resource files. As a part of localization testing using Selenium WebDriver, we need to verify if the website (or app) looks and functions the same after localization automation testing is applied.
That is precisely what this blog aims to deliver. By the end of this blog, you would be comfortable performing localization testing using Selenium WebDriver as we touch upon the critical aspects of localization, including how to perform localization automation testing.
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