The general purpose of a prototype is to provide you with the opportunity to do enough testing in order to iron out all the potential glitches, thus prevent you from wasting your, and perhaps somebody else’s, valuable time by developing a product which will turn out to be flawed.
In order to properly test a prototype, one should categorize different mediums which are later tested as either code or design. The design is, of course, the visual element of your prototype, while the code consists of the preliminary written part for a particular prototype. In this article, we will mainly focus on the design testing, and why it is one of the essential steps in project development.
It is of paramount importance to eliminate potential flaws and straighten out all the design elements of your efficient, versatile and user-friendly product-to-be. The design is the shell of your product and is the first thing a user will view, notice and approve, which is why you definitely want to test your preliminary version of it. The best way to do this is to turn to one of the most efficient methods of testing any product – simulation.
In order to simulate a product one needs to imitate the appearance and performance of the design in a web browser device emulator. When it comes to mobile devices, emulators for these gadgets are also available, since the majority of modern websites are already developed for both mobile and desktop devices.
As far as iOS devices are concerned, one of the most widely used emulator is Apple’s iOS Simulator, which is available on App Store. Simply head to the Mac App Store and download Xcode, which includes Apple’s integrated development environment, as well as the go-to tool for iOS and OS X developers. Android users, on the other hand, can download Eclipse and then install the Android SDK, which will provide the access to a number of Android device emulators.
There are also some online simulation tools, but they simply don’t provide the same level of user-friendliness, fluidity and functionality you have with desktop and mobile versions. However, if you really need to test a design and website’s compatibility online, Browser Shots is a helpful tool which enables you to see how a website appears in different browsers, which is more than useful if you need to test on a browser that you don’t have access to.
Of course, when it comes to testing the performance of websites or online tools, it is also important to check the page load time. Speed of delivery is one of the most important factors of positive user experience, which is why you need to make sure you choose the right managed hosting to host your apps or pages. This is especially important if you plan to run multiple dummy websites for testing, which will then require you some highly scalable solutions such as cloud or shared hosting. If the page doesn’t load in under three seconds, this means you need to additionally optimize both code and design.
It is Better to be Safe than Sorry
In order to achieve this, the strategy should lead you towards minimizing the risk. Many developers are prone to underestimating the importance of testing their prototypes. This stage in the process of web development is paramount for the developer’s overall workflow and making a flawless design which won’t accumulate glitches over time. If you haven’t tested your prototypes properly, you just might be starting a development on a project that is fundamentally flawed, ineffective and can jeopardize your business in general, which is why you definitely shouldn’t avoid it.