How to Test a Website for Session Timeout Errors?

How to Test a Website for Session Timeout Errors?
November 21 08:08 2016 Print This Article

Website testing is a special type of checking which usually includes many stages. Manual testing commonly goes slightly into automated testing, and then, vice versa.

A website, as a communication channel, may contain many sorts of functional errors, user interface defects, and so on. One of such mistakes which may be stumbled upon by a user is an unexpected session timeout. It means that a system has a time limit for one site session and the proper notification should appear when the user does not utilize a webpage for more than the stipulated time.

If so, then a user needs to log in once more again. If not – a user still has an opportunity to easily go on with the system and data – the testers have a problem with the session timeout. This is exactly the part that should be checked deeply and differently.

4 Ways to Check a User Session Timeout:

  • The native webpage updating. A tester should check how the website, contained special automatic refreshes (for example, sliders), behaves after a tester compulsory stopped a user session.
  • The non-complete user forms (functional checking). It is required to test the website adequacy at each step of the user’s form completing under the session timing conditions.
  • The sitemap and navigation. It is of great importance to check how the system will behave in the case, when the logged-in user and unregistered user try to navigate the webpages after the session time is expired.
  • Automated timeout messages. The timeout prompts and messages, that warn the users about the logged-in time expiration (mainly, on financial platforms), should be also checked for the work correctness at each page.

Related Posts:

About Article Author

view more articles
Nataliia Vasylyna
Nataliia Vasylyna

View More Articles


write a comment

No Comments Yet!

You can be the one to start a conversation.

Add a Comment

Your data will be safe! Your e-mail address will not be published. Also other data will not be shared with third person.
All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.