Among all the things we do in Making Waves, creating websites is our main task. And we do this well (at least that’s what our customers tell us!). There are many ways to make the process of creating and implementing websites as productive and efficient as possible. One of the areas we emphasize is testing. In a world where we constantly hear ”mobile first,” testing on physical mobile devices is a very important part of our process. This is why we decided to build an Open Device Lab.
What is an Open Device Lab? In a nutshell, it’s a lab where we’ve gathered and connected a number of mobile devices to make the testing process as easy as pie. Seriously, it’s that easy!
In our ODL, we use a software called Ghostlab. This software allows a tester to enter a website’s URL once and see it automagically open on all the devices in the lab. These devices follow the actions performed on the main device. So, for example, clicking a link or filling in a form is repeated on all the devices. This is a huge time saver. It allows us to simultaneously test a site on many devices with different operating systems and screen resolutions. We use the ODL for most of our projects. So far, it has greatly contributed to the quality of our deliverables.
Browserstack gives the tester instant access to all desktop and mobile browsers. In our case, we will use it mostly to test websites on different versions of Internet Explorer using different versions of Windows. Also, we will be able to test our websites on the devices we do not have in the ODL yet.
Jaws, which stands for Job Access With Speech, is one of the most popular Windows screen readers. We will use it to test a website’s accessibility.
We have just started building this lab, and our list of devices is not too impressive—yet! We are adding new devices every couple of months. The current setup can be found on the ODL website. We update this list every time we add a new device to the lab.
The Open Device Lab is called “open” for a reason. It is open to our local community – everyone is welcome to use it. If you want to try it out, you will find our phone number and email address on the ODL website – just contact us to register and book a time to use the lab.
We would love to talk with you about your testing process and what you think about the lab. Visit us, we are waiting for you!