Netizens are demanding. Few will wait for a page to load when another option is two clicks away. Exceptional design, high-quality content, and an active social media presence mean little if your website’s performance isn’t up to par. Web application testing tools can help you ensure a superior user experience and performance that never disappoints.
Firms with a global audience, in particular, need user experience testing tools that enable them to optimize their web sites and applications for users located in different regions of the world. And now that more users than ever are accessing the web via their mobile devices, all companies with a digital presence should be using web application testing tools and mobile app analytics tools to verify that their websites, mobile sites, and mobile apps are performing as intended and providing satisfying experiences to each and every user.
Web application testing tools are software solutions that help you assess the functionality, browser compatibility, performance, and user experience of websites and web applications. The two most effective types of web application testing tools are synthetic transaction monitoring tools and real user monitoring tools.
Synthetic monitoring tools are web application testing tools that use synthetic transactions to simulate user behavior on your web site or application—typically from outside your firewall and from different geographic locations. Suitable for functionality and load testing before launch as well as continuous application performance and application availability monitoring in production, synthetic monitoring tools can be integrated into continuous development environments, allowing you to deploy and deliver to your users better applications faster.
Synthetic web application testing tools provide you with detailed object-level data on performance and availability in the form of waterfall charts or other types of visualizations. This data can then be used to locate bottlenecks and identify the root cause of performance issues.
Real user monitoring or end user experience monitoring tools collect response times and other performance metrics as well as user-related information from your users’ actual browsers. A must for SaaS application providers, real user monitoring tools enable you to better understand how users access and interact with your web site or application. With this valuable information, your teams can then optimize performance and functionality specifically for your user base.
Dynatrace’s digital performance management platform combines both synthetic and real user monitoring tools with full-stack application, database, and server monitoring capabilities—including 24/7 application and service availability monitoring—to give you a holistic perspective on your application’s performance and your users’ experience. Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring’s point-and-click interface makes it easy to record user paths for synthetic testing and monitoring while our AI-powered software analytics accelerates problem resolution, offering you timely, meaningful notifications and reports that your teams can act on.