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Testing Account Verification with Cypress

Learn how to effectively test account verification processes using Cypress and Mailosaur.

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Testing Password Resets with Cypress

Any website relying on accounts has had to deal with users needing a password reset. This critical step in account recovery has to be thoroughly tested to ensure it works properly, and to prevent it from becoming a security vulnerability

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How to create a good SMS testing plan

Craft a robust SMS testing plan with Mailosaur's tools. Prioritize security, maintain reputation, and ensure a seamless customer experience, efficient end-to-end automated SMS testing.

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How to create a good email testing plan

Explore the Mailosaur Blog about email testing, from what to test to practical tips for setting up an effective plan. Learn about testing images, links, spam filters, and dynamic content, and discover the importance of realistic goals and thorough documentation.

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What is IMAP?

Discover the ins and outs of IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) – a powerful communication protocol shaping modern email management. Dive into its advantages, learn how IMAP works, and explore the key differences between IMAP and POP3.

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Why emails look so different in different clients?

Discover why emails look different across clients and devices. Learn about HTML in emails, rendering engines, and how Mailosaur Previews ensures consistency across 100+ scenarios. Optimize your emails for a flawless display, follow best practices, and stay ahead of future trends in email rendering.

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Exploring the various types of software testing

Software testing types and their vital roles in development. Gain insights for robust practices and ensure high-quality software delivery.

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How to determine email testing requirements

Elevate email deliverability, engagement, and open rates. Uncover essential testing needs with this guide for optimal email performance.

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What is an API?

Demystify APIs and their crucial role in modern software. Learn the basics, types, and benefits, gaining essential knowledge for efficient development.

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Moving from manual QA to QA automation

Moving from manual to automated QA testing. Learn essential skills like programming languages, test automation tools, version control systems, and APIs. Discover steps to make a successful switch, practical tips, and interview preparation.

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What is MFA?

Enhance your online security with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Learn how MFA works, its methods, and the challenges it addresses. Explore the future of MFA for robust data protection.

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What is SMTP?

SMTP, the protocol governing email transmission. Delve into the history, functioning, and usage of SMTP, revealing its crucial role in email services. Understand SMTP's connection with POP3 and IMAP protocols and their distinct functionalities. Learn the step-by-step process of an SMTP session, mail transaction, and mail delivery, unraveling the layers of email transmission intricacies.

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How does email really work?

Discover the fundamentals of how email works, from sending to receiving. Explore a brief history, the email delivery process, and common issues affecting deliverability.

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What is QA automation? Streamlining software testing

Learn about QA Automation its benefits, tools, frameworks, and challenges, paving the way for accelerated development cycles and improved software quality.

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What is QA? - An introduction to quality assurance

QA automation in software development. Explore benefits like faster execution, broader test coverage, efficient regression testing, and accelerated development cycles. Learn about essential tools, frameworks, scripting, and coding. Discover the role of collaboration, CI/CD, and challenges in QA automation, including initial setup efforts, script maintenance, handling complex scenarios, and embracing AI and ML

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5 ChatGPT prompts to try as a QA Engineer

Discover how ChatGPT, an AI-powered tool, can assist QA engineers in testing software. Learn its capabilities, how it works, and try effective prompts for tasks like generating test plans, basic code, datasets, descriptive text, and use cases.

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Image Alternative Text for Emails

Discover the importance of alternate text in emails. Learn what alternate text is, why it's crucial for accessibility, SEO, and image loading issues. Find out how to add alternate text to images in emails, with tips on conveying image purpose, being concise, practicing descriptions, marking decorative images, and testing emails for optimal performance.

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Strategies for overcoming email anxiety

Overcome email anxiety with confidence. Explore strategies to ease fear, personalize messages, test content, and ensure error-free emails. Learn from past experiences, experiment, and prepare well with a comprehensive checklist. Boost your productivity and communication skills.

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The psychology of email anxiety

Explore strategies to overcome email anxiety for enhanced well-being and confidence in digital interactions. Overcome fear, build self-confidence, and reclaim control over your email communication. Learn practical techniques for a healthier relationship with your inbox. Overcome email anxiety with actionable strategies and empower your digital interactions.

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Accessibility Testing for Inclusive User Experience

Email accessibility! Explore the importance, common issues, and benefits. Learn how to test emails for inclusivity with practical insights and tools like Mailosaur

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How to use A/B testing to optimize emails

Enhance your email campaigns with A/B testing. Discover the basics, types, and benefits of A/B testing for emails. Learn how to optimize subject lines, message content, and sender information to improve open rates and engagement.

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Maximising test automation ROI - Measuring success

Unlock the power of Test Automation in SaaS development. Explore the significance, key metrics, methodologies, and best practices for maximizing Return on Investment (ROI). Understand the factors affecting ROI, quality improvement, and time-saving metrics.

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How to use AI to write emails

Learn how AI can simplify your workload, understand its working mechanisms, and overcome common pitfalls. Discover top tools like ChatGPT, GrammarlyGO, and Jasper to enhance your email writing experience.

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The future of functional testing for emails

Learn how to navigate common errors, test interactive elements, and adapt to email servers and clients. Stay ahead with future trends and best practices in functional testing for emails.

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Use cases for functional testing with emails

Ensure the reliability of your automated email campaigns with functional testing. Discover when to perform it, use cases, types, and steps to write effective test cases.

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Common mistakes when testing email

Master the art of functional testing for emails. Learn its importance, what to look for, and uncover the top eight common mistakes in email campaigns. Ensure your messages are error-free and enhance your brand's reputation.

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Functional vs Non-Functional: Email Testing

Ensure flawless email campaigns by mastering functional and non-functional testing. Discover the benefits and limitations of each type, from verifying functionality to improving email deliverability. Learn why functional testing is crucial for safe and secure code, while non-functional testing enhances user experience and handles unexpected inputs.

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Testing email functionality with different clients

Testing your email functionality is critEnsure the success of your email campaigns by exploring email testing tools integrated into popular email clients. Learn the importance of functional testing and discover common errors to watch for. Dive into email marketing software features for testing, including email previews and sending test emails. Get insights into testing tools provided by HubSpot, MailChimp, Moosend, and Constant Contact.

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Testing email sign-up on mobile

Discover how to test sign-up flows with a mobile test automation framework like Appium and Mailosaur. Follow a step-by-step guide using WebDriverIO, Appium, assert, and mailosaur-node to create an email sign-up flow test. Ensure robust and error-free sign-up experiences on mobile devices with effective testing practices.

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Best no-code test automation frameworks for web apps 2021

Discover how to transition from manual testing to test automation using no-code tools. Cypress Studio, Selenium IDE, and RainforestQA.

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Coding resources: Manual testing to test automation

ransition from manual testing to test automation for a secure career. Explore why test automation offers job stability and higher pay. Whether you're new to coding or an experienced programmer, follow actionable steps to acquire test automation skills. Learn the right programming language, utilize online resources, and apply knowledge concurrently. Discover the best test automation frameworks—Playwright, Cypress, and more.

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Best Android UI testing frameworks in 2021

Master Android UI testing with top frameworks—Espresso/UIAutomator2, Appium, Detox, and TestProject. Ensure app stability, speed, and easy setup. Consider criteria like maintenance, open-source nature, and browser compatibility. Automate email testing with Mailosaur for a comprehensive testing strategy.

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Transitioning from Manual Testing to Automated QA

Automated tests free up programmers to continue focusing on new functionality and enhancements, rather than chasing elusive bugs

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Top 4 frameworks for testing web-based applications

Efficiently build and test web-based applications with automated testing. Explore the significance of web app test automation and discover top free, open-source frameworks like Cypress, Playwright, Selenium WebDriver, and Robot Framework.

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Top 5 iOS UI testing frameworks in 2021

Unlock the power of automated UI testing for your iOS apps! Explore the benefits, compare frameworks like XCUITest, Appium, Detox, EarlGrey2, and TestProject. Make informed choices for efficient and reliable test automation.

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Top 3 test automation frameworks for mobile

Discover the top 3 mobile app test automation frameworks—Appium, XCUITest, and Espresso/UI Automator 2. Explore their features, benefits, and criteria for selection.

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Understanding and improving your SpamAssassin score

Learn how SpamAssassin, a robust email filtering system, assigns scores to separate genuine and unwanted emails. Discover how to calculate and improve your SpamAssassin score, ensuring your emails are well-received by recipients.

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Getting started with Playwright

Explore the world of automated testing with Microsoft's Playwright framework! This article compares Playwright to established frameworks like Selenium and Cypress, offering insights into its unique features, browser support, and future potential. Discover how Playwright enhances your end-to-end web app testing experience.

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Getting started with Postman for API testing

Manual API testing can be time-consuming, but fortunately there are tools to automate and ultimately speed up the testing process. This article discusses the importance of API testing and how to use Postman to create easy-to-use, repeatable API tests.

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Testing email and SMS with Appium

Are you looking to test the sign-up, log-in, and two-factor authentication flows of your mobile app? Appium and Mailosaur form the right combo to help you with this task.

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The developer's guide to QA automation

Explore the importance of Quality Assurance (QA) in software development. Learn about Manual QA vs QA Automation, understand QA categories (frontend, backend, mobile), and discover QA automation techniques.

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How to use Telnet to test SMTP servers

Explore the power of Telnet in testing SMTP servers. Learn how to validate email functionality, troubleshoot bugs, and gauge server responsiveness. Understand the roles of SMTP and Telnet, and discover step-by-step instructions for setting up and using Telnet to ensure your email system's reliability.

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Getting started with WebdriverIO

Discover WebdriverIO, the end-to-end test framework empowering seamless automation of web and mobile applications. Unveil its benefits, easy extendability, front-end accessibility, and open-source nature.

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OTP testing

Enhance your application's security with multi-factor authentication and one-time passwords. Learn what OTPs are, why they're crucial, and how to perform comprehensive OTP testing. Explore aspects like password format, expiry time, usability, and handling multiple requests.

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Overview of SMS testing

Discover the power of automated SMS testing in ensuring accurate, reliable, and timely delivery of messages. Explore the pitfalls of manual testing and how Mailosaur simplifies SMS testing with efficiency and confidence.

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Getting started with Robot Framework

End-to-end testing with Robot Framework, an open-source and modular automation framework. Learn how to set it up, install essential components like Python and virtualenv, and explore Selenium Library for web tests.

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Getting started with Cypress

Cypress testing with this comprehensive guide. Learn how to install Cypress, create your first test, and run it. Discover Cypress's unique features and common commands, setting the foundation for effective end-to-end testing. Get ready to enhance your testing capabilities with Cypress.

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Optimising testing with the test pyramid

The test pyramid is a useful tool for developers and QA engineers who are getting started with testing. Visualising the various layers of software testing allows these professionals to best focus their testing effort. Explore the test pyramid for effective software testing. Learn how to interpret and utilize this model, guiding developers and QA engineers to focus testing efforts. Discover the best practice test pyramid, emphasizing unit, service, and end-to-end tests. Compare and measure your test pyramid against the best practice version.

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How to start testing in Java

This Java testing guide provides a roadmap, focusing on the benefits of testing, the pitfall of analysis paralysis, and the test pyramid strategy. Explore recommendations for frameworks like JUnit, tips for legacy projects, and insights into API-based projects.

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Getting started with TestProject

Explore this comprehensive guide to understand TestProject's key components, installation process, and learn how to record your first test using the Smart Test Recorder or TestProject SDK. Discover TestProject's use cases, including making the shift from manual to automated testing, end-to-end testing benefits, and cross-platform testing.

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A guide to smtp4dev

Explore smtp4dev, an open-source tool for seamless email testing during development. Learn how smtp4dev intercepts and saves outgoing emails, enabling manual inspection before sending to real users.

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4 reasons to use an email testing service

Discover the crucial role of email testing in ensuring error-free transactional emails. Dive into the benefits of automated email testing services, exploring efficient testing of deliverability, email appearance across clients, content, and links.

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Structure of an email

Unlock the secrets of email structure and enhance your development skills with Mailosaur. Explore the main sections, header structure, and body components of emails. Learn about plaintext and HTML options, MIME format, and headers for HTML and plain text emails.

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Best tools for testing Javascript code

Learn about JavaScript testing with insights on tools like Mocha, Chai, Jest, and Cypress. Understand the importance of testing in agile development, discover types of tests, and explore popular testing tools categorized by server-side, client-side, and end-to-end testing. Make informed choices for efficient JavaScript testing.

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Email deliverability testing explained

Understand email deliverability tests, navigate spam filter complexities, and optimize your emails for inbox placement. Explore the workings of spam filters, regulations, and critical testing elements like content, authentication protocols, and SMTP setup.

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Setting up a fake SMTP server for testing

A fake SMTP server is frequently a used by those looking to capture and test all emails an application sends and avoid sending emails to real customers. categories: tools

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How to choose a test automation framework in 2021

Explore the importance of test automation in software development. Learn about test levels, reasons for automated testing, and discover recommended test automation frameworks for unit and feature-level testing.

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What is Cypress?

Cypress is a framework for the automated testing of browser-based applications. You can use Mailosaur to test email and SMS with Cypress.

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Email testing tools explained

Maximize email effectiveness powerful email testing tools. Discover SMTP test tools, message viewers, Sender Score checkers, and more. Explore examples like smtp4dev, MailCatcher, MXToolbox, mail-tester, SpamAssassin, and Mailosaur.

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What is exploratory testing?

Explore exploratory testing in software development. Learn how it complements Agile methodologies, when to use it, and its benefits alongside automated testing. Using Mailosaur for effective email application testing.

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How to measure QA success

Unlock the secrets to measuring QA team effectiveness, from defects per build to time efficiency. Explore the ROI of QA automation tools and their impact on development costs, productivity, and bug detection. Discover real-world examples and enhance your software testing strategy with Mailosaur's automation capabilities.

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5 common problems found on QA teams

Explore the crucial role of Quality Assurance (QA) in software development. Learn how to overcome common challenges, including lack of guidelines, integration issues, tool standardization, setting realistic expectations, and fostering a collaborative reward structure.

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What goes into a great password reset email?

Crafting effective password reset emails is crucial. Learn from major tech companies—Jet, Slack, Dropbox, and Lingo. Embrace branding, focus on security, and maintain simplicity. Avoid red flags like non-expiring tokens, lack of on-site verification, and sending emails to unverified addresses.

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Bringing your QA results to the broader team

Enhance software development success by improving communication between QA and developers. Explore strategies, shared roles, and effective QA processes to foster collaboration. Learn tips for clear bug reporting and fostering a cohesive, efficient team dynamic for agile methodologies.

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When you need to expand your QA team.

Discover the key factors for building an efficient QA team. Learn when and how to expand your team effectively, from growing existing skills to seeking technical expertise.

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The smart way to test notifications

Dive into the challenges faced by QA teams, explore notification types, and discover essential criteria for successful testing. Elevate your testing approach and avoid common pitfalls.

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Who is responsible for improving QA test workflows?

QA test workflows: their importance, challenges, and who should own the responsibility. Explore outsourcing, relying on developers, or empowering the QA team for effective workflow management. Find the pragmatic balance for seamless testing processes.

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How you know when you need to automate your QA tests

Discover why automation matters, from saving time and avoiding mistakes to simulating environments for scalability. Learn when to automate and why it's beneficial to start automation from day one. Uncover the competitive advantage of automation as a feature in software development.

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The need for easy to use SMTP servers

Discover the challenges of setting up test SMTP servers and explore options for efficient QA testing. Learn the pros and cons of local, self-hosted, and remote SMTP servers.

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Sign-up and onboarding flows

Discover the crucial role of onboarding in software applications. Learn why it's a make-or-break element for user engagement, business success, and how overlooking it can lead to a stagnant sales pipeline. Read more to ensure your onboarding process remains effective and user-friendly.

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Nightwatch.js - Get started with automation

Discover Nightwatch.js, a user-friendly testing solution for automated testing using JavaScript. Learn step-by-step installation on Mac or Linux, setting up Selenium Server and Chrome Driver, and creating a Nightwatch configuration.

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