Published March 24, 2024

Stripe Test Mode for WooCommerce Testing

When running an eCommerce store on WooCommerce, one of the most critical aspects to ensure smooth operation and customer satisfaction is the checkout process. A broken checkout not only leads to a poor customer experience, but can negatively impact your Woo store’s bottom line. The good news is that if you’re using Stripe as your payment gateway, the platform provides an easy-to-use built-in sandbox environment to ensure everything is working as expected. You can use Stripe’s test mode adhoc or within a n automated testing platform to ensure checkout is working without requiring you to use a real credit card and affect your sales reports, etc. In this blog post, we’ll dive into why using Stripe Test Mode to test checkout is crucial for WooCommerce stores, guide you through setting up WooCommerce Stripe Test Mode, and introduce you to CheckView, our automated testing platform that simplifies WooCommerce testing.

The Importance of Using Stripe Test Mode

Stripe Test Mode is a sandbox environment designed for Woo developers and WooCommerce store owners to test their integration without having to make actual financial transactions. This testing environment is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Ensuring Smooth Checkout Experience: By using Test Mode, you can simulate different payment scenarios to confirm that customers have a problem-free checkout experience. Test mode allow for testing various actions such as successful payments, handling failed transactions, and verifying the checkout flow.
  2. Detecting Integration Issues Early: Early detection of any issues with your Stripe integration can save time and resources. By integrating test mode into end to end testing tools, you can even detect issues as soon as they arise, whether this was due to a WordPress plugin update, Woo updates, or other system changes so that you can catch bugs before they cost you.
  3. Compliance and Security Testing: Ensuring that your checkout process is compliant with payment industry standards and security measures is critical. Test Mode allows you to verify that sensitive data is handled correctly without risking actual payment information.

Setting Up WooCommerce Stripe Test Mode

Configuring Stripe Test Mode in WooCommerce requires a series of straightforward steps. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Install and Activate the Stripe Payment Gateway Plugin

First, ensure that the Stripe payment gateway plugin is installed and activated on your WooCommerce site. We recommend using the official Stripe plugin, although their are other third party Stripe plugins that may have additional features or benefits. This guide is based on using the official Woo Stripe WordPress plugin here.

Step 2: Enable Stripe

Navigate to WooCommerce > Settings > Payments in your WordPress dashboard. Here, you will see Stripe listed among the payment options. Click ‘Manage’ next to Stripe to access its settings.

Step 3: Enable Test Mode

In the Stripe settings, you will find the option to enable Test Mode. Check this option to switch Stripe to Test Mode. You will now need to enter your Stripe Test API keys if you haven’t already, which you can find in your Stripe dashboard under the Developers section. Be aware that activating Test Mode allows all users on the front end to place orders using Stripe’s test credentials. For this reason, it’s crucial to avoid enabling Test Mode on a live website, except when using an automated testing platform. Such platforms can specifically activate Test Mode for their testing procedures, ensuring that regular users continue to transact in Stripe’s live mode without interruption.

Step 4: Configure Webhooks (Optional but Recommended)

For a more comprehensive testing experience, configuring webhooks in Test Mode allows you to simulate different transaction events. This step involves adding your site’s webhook endpoint to your Stripe dashboard and selecting the events you want to test. These events could be things like submitting a successful order, handling failed orders, adding coupons, etc. You can checkout the

Step 5: Test Your Checkout

Now that you have Stripe set to Test Mode, you can proceed to test your checkout process. Stripe provides test card numbers that you can use to simulate different payment scenarios, including successful payments, declined transactions, and more.

Simplifying Testing with CheckView

While the setup process for Stripe Test Mode in WooCommerce is straightforward, conducting thorough testing across all possible scenarios can be time-consuming and redius. This is where CheckView comes into play.

CheckView is an automated testing platform designed specifically for WooCommerce stores. It simplifies the testing process by automating the simulation of various checkout scenarios using Stripe Test Mode. Here’s how CheckView enhances your testing process:

  • Automated Testing Scenarios: CheckView automatically runs through a wide range of payment scenarios, saving you time and ensuring a comprehensive testing process.
  • Real-time Monitoring and Reporting: Receive real-time feedback on your checkout process’s performance, allowing you to quickly identify and address any issues.
  • Seamless Integration: CheckView seamlessly integrates with WooCommerce and Stripe, making it easy to set up and start testing without extensive technical knowledge.
  • Use Test Mode on Live Sites: CheckView is designed to seamlessly operate with Stripe Test Mode on live sites, specifically by isolating Test Mode to its own testing activities. This means you can confidently conduct checkout tests on your live Woo site without impacting your actual customers. Real users will remain unaffected and can continue making real transactions with their credit cards, ensuring uninterrupted service while you test and optimize your checkout process.

By leveraging CheckView, WooCommerce store owners can significantly reduce the time and effort required to test their Stripe checkout process, ensuring a smooth and secure experience for their customers from day one.

Next Steps

Testing your WooCommerce store’s Stripe checkout process using Stripe Test Mode is crucial for ensuring a seamless and secure customer experience. While setting up Test Mode and conducting tests manually is possible, it can be time-consuming and may not cover all potential scenarios. CheckView offers an efficient and effective solution by automating the testing process, allowing store owners to focus on what they do best – running their business. With CheckView, you can ensure that your WooCommerce store is prepared to offer a flawless checkout experience, right from the start.