Preparing your Shopify store for launch

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

Step-by-step: Place a test order

By placing a test order, you can make sure that:

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 made using Shopify Payments. If you aren't using Shopify Payments, then you can place a test order in two ways:

Enable test mode

To test the setup and configuration of Shopify Payments:

  1. In the Shopify Payments section, click Edit:

    Edit payment provider
  2. Check Use test mode:

    Use sp test mode
  3. Click Save.

Shopify Payments will show a black and yellow striped band, indicating that you've activated test mode:

Sp in test mode

Simulate successful transactions

To simulate a successful transaction, go to your Shopify store, add a product to your cart, and 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:
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.

Step-by-step: Remove your online store password

When you're ready to reveal your store to the world, you can remove your online store password.

To 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:

    Uncheck protect my store with a password

  3. Click Save.

Your store will no longer have a password on it, which means that anyone can see it.

Congratulations! Your store is set up and ready for customers.

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