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How to make a test payment

In this help article, we’ll discuss 2 approaches to testing checkouts with Checkout Page. First, by using Stripe’s test card. Second, by making a payment to yourself for a low amount.

In this help article, we’ll discuss 2 approaches to making test payments with Checkout Page.

  1. Making a test payment using Stripe’s test card
  2. Making a real payment to yourself for a low amount, such as $1

Why make a test payment?

Checkout test payment example

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 checkout is working as expected
  • Check your product offering and pricing
  • Check you’re collecting the right customer information (fields)
  • Demo your customer's checkout- and afterpayment experience for yourself, and make changes before sharing
  • Test integrations with Checkout Page, Stripe and 3rd party services

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Test payment best practices

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

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

  1. Create or select a checkout
  2. Make a test payment
  3. Review the test payment confirmation message, after payment emails, and redirect
  4. Review the payment and customer in the dashboard
  5. If needed, change your checkout's details, pricing, customizations, downloads, fields, variants, after payment messages and emails, redirects, etc
  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 or add a pop-up or embed it on your site

Test payment checklist:

  • Double-check your product details and pricing
  • Are you collecting the right checkout preferences?
  • Are you collecting the right customer information?
  • Are required fields set to required?
  • If you’re selling variants, are they set up & priced correctly?
  • If you’re selling downloads, are the files uploaded & named correctly?
  • Have you set up your customers after payment experience correctly?
  • If you’re testing an integration, is every step after accepting a payment working as expected?

How to make a test payment

There are 2 ways to make a test payment on Checkout Page:

  1. Making a test payment using Stripe’s test card
  2. Making a real payment to yourself for a low amount, such as $1

Generally, making a test payment is the best approach and saves you from unnecessary transactions.

If you're new to Checkout Page, we recommend making a real payment to ensure the integration with your Stripe account (the payment processor) is working correctly.

If you’re testing integrations with Checkout Page, Stripe and 3rd party services, we recommend making a payment to yourself for a low amount ($1) so that a payment is created in Stripe.

Making a test payment using Stripe’s test card

Stripe test card for test payments

Stripe’s test card can be found on your checkout preview, below your checkout's card field.

Stripe’s test card acts just like a regular card but allows you to test making payments without needing to make a transaction.

More information on Stripe’s test cards.

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

Note, only you can see the test card on your checkout.

Stripe’s test card is not visible to your customers after you share your checkout or add the checkout pop-up or embed it on your site.

To make a test payment using Stripe’s test card, copy/paste the test card number, expiry date, and CVC details into your checkout's card field and click the “pay” button, after completing all other required fields.

Test payments for one-time and Pay What You Want payments:

  • Create or select a checkout
  • Scroll the right-side preview to “Make test payments (only you can see this)”
  • Alternatively, click “Preview pop-up” or “Preview in new tab” to make a test payment in these previews
  • Complete all required fields
  • Copy the test card number (4242 4242 4242 4242), expiry date (12/24) and CVC code (123) into your checkouts the card field
  • Click the “pay” button
Test payment using Stripe's test card

Making a “test payment” by paying yourself a low amount ($1)

If you're new to Checkout Page, we recommend making a real payment to ensure the integration with your Stripe account (the payment processor) is working correctly.

If you need to test integrations between Checkout Page, Stripe and other 3rd party services, you should also make real payments.

Payment steps:

  • Create or select a checkout
  • Set the price to a low amount, $1 for example
  • Alternatively, duplicate your checkout, lower the checkout's pricing to a low amount ($1), and continue your testing with this new checkout until you’re happy with everything and can delete it
  • Open the live version of your checkout by clicking Share
  • Complete all required fields
  • Use your own payment details to make the payment
  • Click the “pay” button

Combining Stripe’s test card and paying yourself a low amount ($1) to make test payments

You may wish to first use Stripe’s test card to make test payments and then switch to making a “test payment” using a low amount ($1).

With this approach, you first test your checkout without needing to make a real transaction, then switch to making a real payment to test integrations between Checkout Page, Stripe and other 3rd party services.

Note, for most test payments, combining approaches is unnecessary but some scenarios may have more involved needs.

What happens after a test payment is made?

After making a test payment, you’ll be shown the checkout confirmation screen, the test payment will appear in your “Payments” tab, a customer will be created in your “Customers” tab, and email confirmations will be sent (if enabled).

  • The checkout confirmation screen will either show the default or custom checkout confirmation message
  • Click the “Payments” tab to view the test payment and review the test payment details
  • Click the “Customers” tab to view the test customer and review the test customer details
  • Check the inbox of the email address used at checkout for the purchase confirmation email
  • Check your inbox for the new payment confirmation email

Some things to note about test payments

  • There is no limit to the number of test payments you can make
  • Test payments can only be made from Checkout Page’s preview screens (right-side checkout preview, preview pop-up, preview in new tab)
  • It’s not possible to make test payments from your site using Stripe’s test card

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