I love statistics about things, so I have set up spreadsheet for backtesting, I prefer manual backtesting to automated because as a beginner chart time is really important and it gives you important feedback on the fly that an EA won’t. So I write down the ruleset and strictly adhere to it, backtest it on a year or two worth of data, I usually get 100-150 trades per pair with this and I test at least 5 pairs on a give strategy, usually these pairs are a mix like majors, minors, cfds (XauUsd, USOIL) so I can get a feel of all kinds of markets and then I calculate their win ratio, their R:R, and all other goodies that you can get.
Forward testing in a similar way, I have set up separate demo accounts to forward test strategies and check them daily to take possible trades and if I missed a trade etc. and write it down in my spreadsheet. That’s about it.
I believe this kind of thing is easier if you are trading on an intraweek or swing level, otherwise the amount of trades would be so much that it would get really time consuming doing so much testing. but it can still be done.
If you wanna discuss strategies or do backtesting together be sure to message me, maybe we can come up with ideas that can benefit us both. After all, I’m as frustrated as you at this point too