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Automated web application testing is done very rarely & it is generally thought as an unnecessary + hard to setup system.

Magnify GlassTruth is, automated testing is a must, because it saves so much time during development & when the project is live. Also, with the right tools, it is generally very easy to setup.

Using testing tools, once the scenarios are created, you can:

  • test every feature of the whole application with a click
  • get written reports instantly with the error logs
  • measure the capacity of your web application on every step
  • get a continiously-watched, less-problematic web application as the result

There are 2 important web application tests to measure if everything is working (and will work) on your website:

  • Functionality testing: using record-playbacks or scripting, a tool can browse your website, fill forms, click on the links you want & generate a report for you
  • Load/stress testing: even if a web application is working ok with 1 or 10 users, it can show totally different attitudes (like bottlenecks in resource usage) when there are 100 or 1000 active users.

So, here is a collection of 15 Free Functionality And Load Testing Solutions For Web Applications to create better online experiences:


Functionality Testing



Selenium has various projects that can be combined with each other to create a robust testing environment.

  • Selenium IDE: a Firefox add-on to record and playback tests in Firefox.
  • Selenium Remote Control: a client/server system to control web browsers locally or on other computers, using almost any programming language and testing framework.
  • Selenium Grid: like Selenium Remote Control but runs tests on many servers at the same time.
  • Selenium Core: Javascript-based testing system.

Also there are Selenium projects specifically for Rails, Ruby & Eclipse.


Watir: Ruby Web Application Testing

Watir is a set of Ruby libraries which drives browsers just like people. It clicks links, fills in forms, presses buttons. And, it also checks results to report back.

Watir supports:

  • IE, Firefox, Chrome on Windows
  • Firefox on Mac and Linux
  • Safari on Mac
  • Flash testing with Firefox

There is also Watij, which is an enhanced version of Watir with Java.

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Page Peel effects can be very useful as they create new areas -which are mostly used for banners- on websites.

In general, they are created with the help of Flash but Soh Tanaka is featuring a a very nice tutorial on creating a page peel effect with jQuery & CSS.

jQuery Page Peel Effect

The logic of the effect is simple & smart. It is created by animating the size & position of a peel image which is originally positioned over the content to be shown.

To see a demo for this nice tutorial, click here.

Mozilla Prism (previously known as WebRunner) is an application that enables users to run web applications directly on their desktop. And, for developers, offers ways to make them act like desktop applications.

It is a very easy-to-use tool that simply asks you which URL to wrap, whether to sit on the system-tray and creates a shortcut for the new application. Once clicked, the URL mentioned runs in a desktop application.

Mozilla Prism

With the help of a scripting support, developers can add events to their web applications to trigger actions like displaying system-tray notifications or popups.

It allows you to style (overwrite the default styles) the web application via CSS.

Prism also offers more customization options like enabling you to choose the icon for the application to be created, whether the navigation bar or navigation keys will be displayed & more.

It comes in two flavors:

  • as a Firefox extension
  • as a desktop application

Prism can run both on Windows & Mac OS X.

Onebit is a free icon set that is created by Icojoy.

The set is suitable to be used in web applications as it contains the most used icons like arrows, add-delete-cancel-ok, save, users & more.

It contains 50 icons in PNG format with 48*48px sizes.

Quality And Free Icon Set

Pattern8 is a website that presents beautiful & free repeating patterns.

A nice feature is the ability of sorting patterns by color that helps finding a pattern that will fit the overall of the design.

There are currently 90+ patterns & new ones are added frequently.


P.S. Pattern8 is a fork of PatternHead, a website that offers free vector and pixel patterns but with a wider content. It is also a place to find vector formats of the most patterns in Pattern8.

Supersized is a jQuery plugin that resizes images/backgrounds to fit the whole screen & display them as a slideshow.

No extra whitespace or scrollbars occur as the entire browser window is always filled.

jQuery Fullscreen Slideshow

The plugin preloads the images and offers various transition effects for presenting them.

An optional prev-next-pause control makes navigating easier & with the help of options provided, Supersize can be easily customized.

Free Premium Fonts is a website presenting 1000s of free fonts for download.

Fonts are very well-grouped into categories like futuristic, handwritten, 3D & more.

Free Premium Fonts

Once you view the details of a font, you can customize the text to have a better opinion about how it will look on your project.

Also, a magnifier helps you to zoom every letter & a "Top 50" list helps seeing what are the most downloaded fonts.

For every designer, Free Premium Fonts is a must-bookmark for reaching to a huge library of free fonts.

jPlayer is a jQuery plugin for playing and controlling mp3 files in a webpage.

It uses a Flash file at the backstage to play the files & the player can be totally customized via XHML/CSS.

jQuery Mp3 Player Plugin

The plugin offers functions like:

  • selecting the Mp3 file to be played
  • play, pause, stop
  • volume control
  • getting the progress & more.

Thee are various demos presented like a single-file player, a playlist player or a text-based player with progress bar. To check them all, click here.

XML Flash Voting Poll is a free component for creating nice looking Flash-based polls.

It is built with AS3 & supports one active poll with an unlimited number of answers.

Free Flash Poll

Many variables can be controlled in the XML files like:

  • the question’s height, text, color, size
  • background colors used
  • distances between items
  • messages displayed after voting & more

The download package includes images (.AI & .PDF) & fonts used.

P.S. Free membership is required for downloading the component.

FancyUpload, the popular Ajaxed file uploader, now has new version with more features.

To remember, FancyUpload is an unobtrusive file-input replacement with multiple-file selection & queued upload with an animated progress bar.


It uses MooTools, works with the help of Swiff (a MooTools class) & as a SWF file is used for uploads, it is server-independent.

Other great features of FancyUpload:

  • the look & feel can be totally customized via CSS/XHTML
  • uploads can be limited with file count, file type or size
  • upload speed can be displayed
  • browse-button can be an invisible overlay or an interactive image sprite
  • useful file information before the upload starts can be collected & many more.

The API is very flexible, offers lots of options & very well-documented.

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