Salesforce has announced a refresh of its Lightning UI, enhancing navigation, page load speed, and overall usability. These improvements are designed to provide a more seamless, responsive, and intuitive experience, benefiting users across diverse backgrounds and needs. 

As Salesforce prepares to roll out these updates over the next couple months, you will want to stay up to date on how these changes might impact your existing setups and testing processes. At Provar, our team of experts has got you covered!

Here’s what you need to know about the new enhancements and how Provar is equipped to handle these changes, ensuring your tests remain robust and reliable.

Understanding the New Lightning UI Enhancements

Salesforce’s updated Lightning UI focuses on several key areas:

  • Improved organization and harmony: Streamlined navigation, simplified icons, and adaptable spacing make it easier to transition between tasks with minimal cognitive load.
  • Clear indicators of success and prioritization: Enhanced use of colors, contrast, and icons helps users quickly identify data and prioritize tasks, reducing errors and improving efficiency.
  • Improved performance and load times: Optimized CSS code and reduced distracting images increase compatibility and predictability across different systems and devices.
  • Enhanced approachability and accessibility: Adherence to web content accessibility guidelines ensures the UI is usable by people with a range of abilities and needs, including neurodiversity.

Key design updates include circular motifs inspired by the Salesforce cloud, improved icons for better legibility, revamped font sizes and weights, methodical color use for a cleaner look, and skeuomorphic elements that mimic real-world objects for a more intuitive experience.

The Impact on Your Tests

While these UI enhancements promise a better user experience, they also necessitate thorough testing to ensure seamless integration with your existing customizations and workflows. This is where Provar comes in, with the help of Provar Automation.

Provar builds its tests using information found within Salesforce’s metadata rather than relying solely on the DOM, which frequently shifts and is a fragile foundation for test building. This offers several advantages, including the following.

Stable Locators

Tests are less prone to breaking due to UI changes since they are based on more stable metadata rather than the ever-changing DOM.

Expertise in Salesforce

Provar was initially built from the ground up for Salesforce (we’ve since expanded to cover you end-to-end), giving our team of experts a deep understanding of Salesforce updates and the ability to anticipate and address potential issues proactively.

Handling Custom Fields and Implementations

Salesforce’s standard updates are rigorously tested before release, but custom fields and implementations might still be affected. Provar excels in testing customizations, addressing the unique challenges they present, such as testing Lightning Web Components (LWC). Provar Automation offers powerful LWC testing capabilities, ensuring custom components function correctly after updates.

End-to-End Testing Support

Provar provides comprehensive support for end-to-end testing, helping organizations validate the functionality and integration of their customizations seamlessly.

Preparing for the Rollout

The new Lightning UI enhancements will be available as follows:

  • June 5, 2024: New and existing instances of Starter Suite and Pro Suite
  • June 27, 2024: New instances of Sales Cloud Professional Edition
  • July 25, 2024: New instances of Sales Cloud Enterprise Edition

Broader availability will be determined throughout the year, giving organizations time to prepare and test their customizations.

Keeping Your Tests Working with Provar

Salesforce’s triannual updates, along with these significant UI changes, show just how important it is to have a robust testing strategy in place. At Provar, we’re uniquely positioned to help organizations navigate these updates — and any others that might come your way in the future — effectively.

With our metadata-driven approach, deep expertise in Salesforce, and powerful capabilities for testing customizations, we ensure your tests remain strong and reliable, minimizing disruptions and maximizing efficiency.

We look forward to exploring Salesforce’s latest update!

Interested in learning more about how Provar can help you navigate Salesforce updates and keep your tests going strong in the face of change? Connect with one of our experts today!