How to Test Woocommerce Checkout?

In the dynamic world of e-commerce, ensuring a seamless checkout process is paramount. This article delves deep into the intricacies of testing the WooCommerce checkout process, with a special focus on WooPayments.

Why is Testing Necessary?

  • To avoid transaction fees associated with real orders
  • To ensure the compatibility of various payment methods
  • To preemptively address potential disputes

Setting Up Test Mode 

Before diving into the testing process, it is essential to set up the test mode in your WooCommerce settings. This section guides you through the necessary steps and precautions.

Enabling Test Mode

  • Navigate to Payments > Settings in your site’s dashboard
  • Check the “Enable test mode” box
  • Save the changes to activate the test mode

Understanding Test Mode Data

  • Differentiating between real and test mode orders
  • Viewing test mode data under various tabs such as Deposits, Transactions, and Disputes

Placing a Test Order 

Once the test mode is enabled, the next step is to understand how to place a test order. This section provides a detailed walkthrough of the process.

Steps to Place a Test Order

  • Add a product to your cart
  • Proceed to the checkout page
  • Fill out the necessary details including a test card number, expiry date, and CVC code
  • Place the order to initiate the test transaction

Test Card Numbers

  • Understanding the different test card numbers available for various scenarios
  • Utilizing test card numbers for international payments and 3D Secure Authentication

Testing Specific Express Checkout Methods 

Testing is not limited to card payments. This section explores the testing process for various express checkout methods.

Express Checkout Methods

  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Link by Stripe

Simulating Non-Card Payment Methods

  • Testing payment methods like Sofort, iDeal, and BNPLs
  • Understanding the authorization and failure process for test payments

Testing SEPA Transactions 

SEPA transactions are a crucial part of the payment ecosystem. Learn how to test these transactions effectively in this section.

Using Test IBANs

  • Overview of test IBANs and their results
  • Simulating SEPA transactions with Austrian IBANs

Handling Disputes and Refunds 

Disputes and refunds are inevitable in e-commerce. This section guides you through the process of handling them efficiently during the testing phase.

Initiating a Refund Process

  • Placing a test order
  • Navigating to WooCommerce > Orders to initiate a refund

Simulating a Dispute

  • Using specific card numbers to simulate different dispute scenarios
  • Responding to disputes through the dashboard

Testing Payment Authorization with Manual Capture 

Understanding payment authorization with manual capture is vital. This section elucidates the steps involved in this process.

Setting Up Manual Capture

  • Enabling test mode and separate auth and capture setting
  • Placing and capturing a test order through the dashboard


As we wrap up, it is evident that testing the WooCommerce checkout process is a multifaceted task. Ensuring a smooth checkout process is not just beneficial but essential for a successful e-commerce platform.


  • The necessity of testing
  • The different facets of the WooCommerce checkout process

Additional Resources (Links and References) 

For a deeper understanding and further exploration, here are some resources that can be immensely helpful.

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