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How to make a test payment

In this help article, we’ll cover how to make test payments on your checkouts using the test card, paying yourself a low amount, & applying a 100% discount code to your checkout.

Making test payments on your checkouts

First, we’ll look at making test payments inside Checkout Page before you share your checkout.

Next, we’ll look at making test payments outside Checkout Page after you’ve shared your checkout.

Why make a test payment?

Making test payments gives you the peace of mind that your checkout is working as expected.

Making test payments has the following benefits:

  • Check your product and pricing information is correct
  • Check you’re capturing the right customer and checkout information (fields)
  • Demo your customer's checkout and after-payment experience for yourself
  • Test integrations with Checkout Page, Stripe, and other 3rd party services

Test payment best practices

We recommend that you test all checkouts before sharing them with your customers.

Until you’re comfortable with Checkout Page, we suggest the following steps:

  1. Create a checkout
  2. Make a test payment
  3. Review your after-payment confirmation message, confirmation email, and checkout redirect
  4. Review your checkouts payments page and customer page to check you are capturing the right information
  5. If needed, change your checkout's product info, pricing, variants, downloads, fields, design, and after-payment settings
  6. If you made changes, go back to step 2 and repeat until you’re ready to share your checkout
  7. When you’re ready, share your checkout with your customers by adding your checkout to your site or by sharing a payment link or QR code

Test payment checklist:

  • Double-check your product info & pricing
  • If you’re selling digital downloads, are the files uploaded & named correctly?
  • If you’re selling product variants, are they set up & priced correctly?
  • Are you capturing the right customer & checkout information?
  • Are required fields set to required?
  • Does your checkout design match your brand & website?
  • Have you set up your customer's after-payment experience & checkout redirect?
  • If you’re testing a 3rd party integration, is every step working as expected?

How to make test payments

There are 2 approaches to making test payments:

  1. Make test payments inside Checkout Page before you share your checkout
  2. Make test payments outside Checkout Page after you’ve shared your checkout

There are 3 ways to make test payments:

  1. Using the test card from inside Checkout Page
  2. Paying yourself for a low amount ($1)
  3. Applying a 100% off discount code to your checkout

Please note that the test card can only be used inside Checkout Page before sharing your checkout.

Making test payments before you share your checkout

You can make test payments inside Checkout Page from 4 preview screens:

  1. The right side preview, shown when creating or editing your checkout
  2. The pop-up preview
  3. The payment link preview
  4. The QR code preview

Making test payments using the test card

The test card acts like a normal credit card but allows you to test making payments without needing to make a real transaction.

How to use the test card:

  • Create a checkout
  • Navigate to “Test payments”
  • Complete your checkout fields
  • Paste the test card number, expiry date, & CVC into your checkouts card field
  • Click “Pay”
  • You’ve just made a test payment!

Test card details:

Card number 4242 4242 4242 4242
Expiry date 12/24
CVC 123

The test card can be used on:

  • One-time pricing
  • Recurring pricing
  • Pay what you want pricing

The test card can only be used inside Checkout page before sharing your checkout.

Learn more about Stripe's test cards

Making tests by paying yourself a low amount ($1)

We recommend this approach to test payments when you need to test with a real transaction.

For example, this is a great way to test that integrations between Checkout Page, Stripe & other 3rd party services are working together as expected.

Payment steps:

  • Create a checkout
  • Set your checkout price to a low amount ( $1)
  • Alternatively, duplicate an existing checkout, lower its price to $1 & continue your testing with this new checkout until you’re happy with everything & can delete it
  • Complete your checkout fields
  • Click the “Pay” button
  • You’ve just paid yourself a low amount!

Making a test by applying a 100% off discount code to your checkout

We recommend this approach to test payments when you wish to test your checkout with coupon codes.

Test payment steps:

  • Create a coupon
  • Set your “Amount off” to the same amount as your checkout
  • Or set your “Percentage off” to 100%
  • Complete creating a coupon
  • Create a checkout
  • Navigate to “Fields”
  • Check “Allow discount codes on checkout”
  • This will show a discount code box on your checkout
  • Navigate to “Test payments”
  • Complete your checkout fields
  • Enter your coupon code into the discount code box
  • Click “Apply” to apply the discount code
  • Paste the test card number, expiry date, & CVC into your checkouts card box
  • Click “Pay”
  • You’ve just made a test payment!

Combining the above approaches to making test payments

For most test payments, testing your checkout from inside Checkout Page & using the test card is the best choice.

However, you may wish to mix and match these approaches for more involved testing.

For example, you may wish to first use the test card & then switch to making a test payment by paying yourself a low amount ($1) to continue the test with a real transaction.

Or you may wish to first use the test card and then switch to making a test payment by applying a discount code with 100% off.

Testing lead capture checkouts

You can test your lead capture checkout inside Checkout Page before sharing your checkout by completing your checkouts fields and clicking “Submit”.

This creates a test submission in the same way as making a test payment would make a test transaction.

Making a test payment after your share your checkout

You may wish to test your checkout after adding it to your website or by visiting your own payment link.

To make a test payment after sharing your checkout, we recommend paying yourself a low amount ($1), or applying a 100% off discount code to your checkout.

Please read above for detailed information on these two approaches to making test payments.

To test lead capture checkouts outside of Checkout Page, complete your checkouts fields and click “Submit”.

Please note that it’s not possible to use the test card outside of Checkout Page after sharing your checkout.

Testing integrations

If you’re testing integrations with Checkout Page, Stripe, & a 3rd party service.

We recommend paying yourself a low amount ($1) after sharing your checkout.

This test uses a real transaction and is the most reliable way to test integrations.

What happens after a test payment?

Making a test payment triggers a number of after-payment steps:

  • You’ll be shown the checkout confirmation screen
  • A new customer will be created under “Customers”
  • The test payment will appear under “Payments” and be marked as a “Test”
  • You will receive a payment confirmation email (starting with [TEST])
  • If enabled, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address used during checkout (starting with [TEST])
  • If enabled, additional payment notifications will be sent to receipts added under “Payment notifications” (starting with [TEST])
  • If enabled, our Zapier integration will trigger actions in 3rd party apps

Things to note about test payments

  • There is no limit to the number of test payments you can make

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