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What To Take Into Consideration While Choosing QA Automation Tools for Software Testing?

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September 12, 2022

Check out our list of what to take into consideration while choosing the best QA test automation tools for your projects! Hope it will help you find the best ones for your quality assurance testing!

What To Take Into Consideration While Choosing QA Automation Tools for Software Testing?

A clue to success in test automation depends greatly on identifying the right tool for the project you want to test. With a wide range of open-source and commercial automation tools available it might be hard to choose the automation testing tool best for you. That’s when the selection can become tricky. Especially that the offer changes quite dynamically, with new ones appearing all the time, some UPDATES and patches being revealed to the older versions of others, and some tools simply are “dying out”. Check out our list of what to take into consideration while choosing the best QA test automation tools for your projects! Hope it will help you find the best ones for your quality assurance testing!  

What To Take Into The Consideration

Quality assurance automation tools can help to take some of the work off your plate during day-to-day testing operations. Simply, automation testing tools are applications that can make your life easier and help you to verify functional as well as the non-functional requirements of the software you want to test, by previously prepared automated test scripts.

Therefore, what should be the factors that you should consider, while deciding upon which automation testing tool, to use? Check out our list below to see what we think, would be great to think about.

Friendly UI (User Interface)

Do you like what the tool dashboard looks like? Does it feel intuitive and simple? Doesn’t it make you dizzy, confused, or not sure of what you are doing?

Usability

How much time do you need to learn the tool and became fluent in it? Are there any tutorials and explainers available online that could help you with it? Does it require any previous skills to use it?

Tech Support

Does it have proper tech support or customer service to help you with any problems? Can you resolve your doubts easily? Are there any materials provided by the product owner?

Features And Functionalities

Does it offer plenty of functionalities that you need? It is always better to have as much necessary options in one place/ one tool.  

Documentation

Definitely an important one. Each QA automation tool should have an option of providing broad and easy-to-read and interpret documentation. Even better if it provides search and export options for the test results.

Languages

Which scripting languages does the tool support? How many of them? Are those the ones that your developers use? Maybe it does specialize in one language? It can be a pro or con depending on what you need.  

Availability of The Versions Control

How many different files does the tool allow you to test at the same time? Does it support different versions of the files? Is there an option to look throughout the history and apply or reverse some changes if needed?  

Different Test Commands

How many different test commands does this tool support? Are those the ones you need? Can any new commands be easily changed or added if necessary?

Test Scenarios Accessible

Does this tool offer you a variety of different test scenarios? Does it satisfy your needs? Does it include scenarios on the performance testing?

Integrations

How easy it is to integrate this tool with any other? Can you integrate some additional plugins with it? Maybe there are some of the integrations already prebuilt in the tool itself? How about the integration with some of the most common bug-tracking tools? Does it support Jira or any other of the kind?

Browser Support

How many and which browsers does the tool support? How easy is it to integrate them?

Os Availability

Is the tool available for all the operating systems you work on?

Value For Money

What’s the value for money ratio? Does it provide everything you’d wish for in this price range? How many features are available for free, do you have to pay for some extra ones? Is there a free trial? Is the pricing clear? Does the price feel transparent and honest? Can the price be flexible?

Different Criteria

This is just the scope of the criteria that we have thought about based on our experience and preferences. You can obviously always broaden it up. In fact, we’d be delighted to learn what you would add here or what you think we have skipped in our list.

We hope that this portion of knowledge at least has sharpened your appetite for more. In case you want to learn more about QA automation test tools, or you just have some questions that need answering - please do not hesitate to contact us, by clicking the link below.

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Dariusz Żelasko

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