Preparing your Shopify store for launch

Before you launch your store, place some test orders to see how the checkout process works. When you're ready, remove the password on your store so that it's open to the public.

Place a test order

By placing a test order, you can make sure that your settings for the following parts of your store are working correctly:

Charges don't apply to test orders. You should place at least one test order during your store setup, or whenever you make changes to your payment settings.

This section explains how to test orders that are made using Shopify Payments. If you aren't using Shopify Payments, then you can place a test order in two ways:

Enable test mode


  1. In the Shopify Payments section, click Edit.

  2. Check Use test mode.

  3. Click Save.

Simulate successful transactions


  1. Go to your online store.

  2. Add a product to your cart.

  3. Follow the checkout process for your store as if you were a customer buying a product. Use the following information when you're asked for credit card details during checkout:

  • Name on card: Enter at least two words.
  • Expiry date: Enter any date in the future.
  • CVV: Enter any three digits.
  • Card number: Use the following numbers:
Test credit card details
Card type Test number
Visa 4242424242424242
Mastercard 5555555555554444
American Express 378282246310005
Discover 6011111111111117
Diners Club 30569309025904
JCB 3530111333300000

Simulate failed transactions

If you want to see the credit card error messages that might be displayed to a customer during checkout, you can simulate a number of different failed transactions:

  • Use credit card number 4000000000000002 to generate a card declined message.
  • Use credit card number 4242424242424241 to generate an incorrect number message.
  • Use credit card number 4000000000000259 to simulate a disputed transaction.
  • Use an invalid expiry month, for example 13, to generate an invalid expiry month message.
  • Use an expiry year in the past to generate an invalid expiry year message.
  • Use a two-digit CVV number to generate an invalid CVV message.

Remove your online store password

When you're ready to launch your store, you can remove your online store password.


  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Preferences.

  2. In the Password page section, uncheck the Enable password page option.

  3. Click Save.

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