How We Review & Test Services / Products

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By Joe

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Why you can trust GoodCloudStorage? Our expert team reviews products/software in a meticulous way as a day-to-day user, to help you make the best choice for your budget. Find out more about how we review.

When it comes to making purchasing decisions, it can be overwhelming to sift through countless product options. That’s where product or service reviews and tests come in.

At GoodCloudStorage, we take pride in providing thorough and comprehensive assessments of various products to help consumers make informed choices.

Here’s an in-depth look at the steps typically involved in testing for:

1. Planning and Research:

  • Identifying Criteria: Define the parameters and criteria for evaluation. This could include usability, performance, features, security, pricing, customer support, etc.
  • Target Audience Analysis: Understand the target audience to ensure that the review addresses their needs and preferences. For us, this usually means the daily average users that are non-technical.

2. Selecting Software/Products:

  • Curating a List: Gather a diverse selection of software or products within a specific niche or category to review.
  • Prioritizing: Determine which ones to review first based on relevance, popularity, or user demand.
  • Category: We don’t test all. We only review services/products that are related to improving our productivity.

3. Testing Methodologies:

  • Hands-on Testing: Obtain access to the software or product and perform hands-on testing. This could involve using the product extensively to understand its functionality.
  • Feature Analysis: Methodically assess each feature or service offered, noting strengths and weaknesses.
  • Compatibility Testing: Evaluate compatibility across different devices, operating systems, or browsers.
  • Performance Testing: Measure performance metrics such as speed, responsiveness, and resource usage.
  • Security Analysis: Assess the product’s security features and vulnerabilities.
  • User Experience (UX) Testing: Evaluate the overall user experience including ease of use, intuitiveness, and user interface design.

4. Documentation and Feedback:

  • Recording Observations: Document findings systematically, noting both positive and negative aspects.
  • Creating Test Scenarios: Develop specific test cases or scenarios to replicate common user experiences.
  • Feedback Collection: Gather feedback from multiple testers, ensuring a variety of perspectives.

5. Analysis and Comparison:

  • Scoring System: Establish a scoring system or rating metrics to objectively compare different products.
  • Benchmarking: Compare the tested products against each other and against industry standards.
  • Summarizing Results: Compile comprehensive reports summarizing the findings, providing clear insights for the audience.

6. Review Compilation:

  • Content Creation: Craft informative and unbiased reviews based on the testing results.
  • Visual Aids: Incorporate screenshots, videos, or infographics to enhance the review’s clarity.
  • Pros and Cons: Clearly outline the strengths and weaknesses of each product.

7. Publication and Iteration:

  • Editing and Reviewing: Review the content for accuracy and clarity before publishing.
  • Regular Updates: Update reviews periodically to reflect any changes or updates in the software or product.

8. Ethical Considerations:

  • Transparency: Disclose any potential biases or affiliations that might influence the review.
  • Independence: Ensure independence from the companies developing the software or products being reviewed.

Product/Service Category

In our product or service testing, we evaluated three main categories:

  1. Cloud Storage Service
  2. Online Productivity
  3. NAS (network-attached storage)

For cloud storage, we are able to conduct a long period of time of testing with their free account. We tested and evaluated them mainly from the reliability and user-friendly perspective. Read more here on how we actually tested services or products related to cloud storage.

Those are the 2 main categories that we adhere to our SOP of testing and review.

For the rest of the products or services, it is up to our editor or reviewer’s own opinion. And while we do follow the above 8 main criteria when we are writing the reviews and afterthoughts for our readers.


Final Word

Following the above-structured methodologies and maintaining objectivity, our reviews serve as valuable resources for users seeking informed decisions about their software or product choices.

And while we are a small team, we are proud of what we are doing.

Testing software and products for GoodCloudStorage is a meticulous process involving thorough evaluation, documentation, and analysis.