Selenium vs STA – SoliteraTA


See how STA is better than Selenium

This report encapsulates the remarkable efficiency gains derived from our recent scripting initiatives. By analyzing a diverse range of projects across multiple sectors, we have quantified significant improvements in four key areas: productivity, cost savings, maintenance, and execution time. The following pie chart vividly illustrates the distribution of these enhancements, providing a clear visual representation of our achievements and the extraordinary impact of our technological advancements.


Script productivity gained


Cost Saving




Execution Time Saving

* Calculated based on multiple projects accross various sectors

The data presented in the preceding pie chart demonstrates the extensive benefits that our scripting efforts have delivered. Each slice of the chart reflects a critical area where significant gains have been realized, from dramatic cost reductions to enhanced execution speeds. These results not only validate our strategic focus on scripting technologies but also set a benchmark for future projects, underscoring our commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Comparsion STA vs Selenium

Criteria Selenium SoliteraTA (STA) Remarks/Benefits of STA
User Interface
No dedicated user interfaces, uses 3rd party code editors
Built-in comprehensive user interfaces

    No compilers or 3rd party code editors needed

    Built in pre-defined test steps selection

    Search and replace keywords and steps
User Access Control on Projects
No. This is dependent on integration with other tools with Selenium
Integrated user control via workspaces and associated projects
Remarkable feature to keep separate workspaces for different projects/programmes.
Training and Learning curve
Learning curve is effort intensive. Couple of months to be proficient working with Selenium and skilled in one programming language
Learning curve is fast. Couple of days to be proficient with STA. No prior programming language experience needed
STA is very easy to use and for a unified test automation approach.
Tool Support
Selenium don't provide direct support. Community-based support available - effort intensive
Priority support, dedicated service comes with the license
Customer can benefit with tailored services/resources as per their need. E.g. a dedicated project engagement function for a faster responses.
Test Self-Healing capabilities during execution
Not a direct feature - it requires custom implementation
Built-in test self-healing mechanism
Via settings section, this can further tuned to user needs.
Test Reporting
Basic test reporting. External tools integration required for detailed reporting.
Built-in detailed test reports. Debugger mode for quick review of test results.
Test Management
Basic. Needs knowledge and integration with other tools
Comprehensive, integrated test management with result upload
Test Framework
Requires test framework development for robust usage. Test framework development and continuous maintenance is an expensive process
STA comes with built-in test automation framework. No extra charges for this.
Test Data
No directly supported.
Create and manage Test Data easily
Users can manage mutiple test data and choose which one to use at run time.
Test Application
Automate Web applications testing only
Automate Web, Mobile, Desktop, API and DB Testing
Technical Documentation
Community-driven, can be inconsistent
Detailed and structured user guides
Videos and practice session available.
Software Updates
Community-driven updates
Regular and scheduled updates available
Skilled Resource(s)
Critical dependency on SDET and test automation engineers to develop and maintain test automation capability
No dependency on SDET and automation engineers. Manual tester, test managers, PMO, BA - anyone with computer skills can easily automate.
Roughly an additional 5% of yearly cost of a sr. tester, you can actually save cost of SDET & expensive automation engineers. In addition, you are getting reduced testing cycles and bigger test automation capability. There is no critical dependencies on dedicated human resources to manage changes.
Self-Service Features
Limited to community tools and scripts
Features like Self-Heal, Image Healer, and Script Editor
Script Generation
Additionally provide record and playback the workflow. Not maintainable for workflow changes.
Provide record and convert into test scripts. Easy to manage and maintainable for changes
STA comes with pre-built automated test steps. Users can avoid duplicate effort of manually writing test cases and then covert into test scripts.
Script Enhancement Features
Primarily manual enhancements required
Auto suggestions, step definition keyword insertion
Via "search and replace" users can also update multiple scripts in a single go.
Scheduling Test Execution
Not directly supported
STA provide to schedule your test to execute in future
It work best if a dedicated machine allocated for test execution.
Productivity of Test Scripting
On an average a test engineer can create 1.5 to 5 test scripts per day
On an average test engineer can create 5 to 15 test scripts per day. New feature testing in agile dev can be done using STA
Playlists for Test Execution
Not directly supported
Playlist module for sequencing and managing test scripts and regression list
Mobile Testing Support
Not supported
Directly supported with integrated tools and configurations using Appium.
Users to follow some steps to enable mobile application testing.
Manual and one by one
Automatic, version controls, Faster(workflow replacers as needed)
Automation maintenance cost can be one third using STA
Open source
Paid, with free trial and community licenses available
Individual license is £2500 per annum - all Web, Mobile, Desktop, API and DB test automation - no coding experience needed
Image Processing Capability
Not directly supported, requires third-party tools and knowledge to develop and integrate
Built-in OCR and Image Repo
Execution Type
Supports parallel execution via third-party tools. Need specialise knowledge for this.
Supports multiple, parallel executions natively. No specialised knowledge needed.
Environment Configuration
Manual setup required
Integrated environment setup with pre-configured settings
Element Inspection
Requires third-party tools or manual setup
Integrated tools like Inspect.exe for Windows applications
Desktop Application Testing
Not supported
Natively supported with Windows Application Driver
Customisation Flexibility
Highly customisable through coding.
Customisable only available with the step defs, step definition editor
STA have all the pre-built operations needed to automate any web and mobile applications. Support covers for any be-spoke development.
CI/CD Integration
Integrable with CI/CD pipelines using plugins. Knowledge and specialised skills needed.
Direct integration, supports both CLI and GUI operations.
API Testing Support
Not supported
Built-in API testing capabilities with script generation

* The comparison between Selenium and SoliteraTA (STA) highlights significant differences in ease of use, support, and capabilities. STA offers a more integrated and user-friendly environment with built-in features for test management, data handling, and user access control, which are not directly supported by Selenium. STA also requires less programming knowledge and provides faster onboarding, with a learning curve of just a few days compared to months for Selenium. Additionally, STA includes comprehensive support and automated features like test self-healing and detailed reporting, making it a robust option for organizations seeking efficient test automation solutions without heavy reliance on specialized testing skills.


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