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Creating a Test Pre-Order: A Step-by-Step Guide
Creating a Test Pre-Order: A Step-by-Step Guide
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We recommend you place at least one test order during your store setup, or whenever you make changes to your payment settings.

By placing a test order, you can make sure that your checkout process and settings for order processing, inventory, shipping, email notifications, and taxes are all correct.

You aren't charged for a test order.

You can place a test order by simulating a transaction through either of these methods:

  1. Place a test order with a real transaction

In This Article:

Place a test order by Shopify Payments

If you're using Shopify Payments, then you can test your configuration by using Shopify Payments test mode.

Place a test order with a real transaction.

You can place a test order using a real payment provider, and then immediately cancel and refund the order. You might be subject to fees from the payment processor you use. Credit card third-party transaction fees aren't returned to you when you issue a refund.

If you're using a development store, then you can't test using real transactions. For more information, refer to Testing orders in development stores.


Before you test a payment gateway with a real transaction, refer to the terms of service for your payment provider.


  1. Make sure that you've set up the payment provider that you want to test.

  2. Purchase from your store as a customer would, and complete checkout using genuine credit card details.

  3. If you're using a third-party payment provider, then log in to your payment provider and make sure that the funds were processed.

  4. Cancel and refund the order as soon as possible to refund yourself. Any third-party transaction fees that have been charged are not refunded.

Testing your shipping settings

You can make sure that your shipping settings are correct by placing a test order. For example, if you offer free shipping for a certain order value, then you can test an order that would qualify for free shipping to make sure that the shipping discount is applied.

Learn more about shipping settings.

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