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Testing Orders

Creating test orders may be necessary to test a new payment method or other integration related to orders, or for troubleshooting. Test orders function like normal orders, so they will trigger emails, appear in WooCommerce Analytics, etc.

Many payment gateways have a sandbox or testing mode that can be enabled to process test payments without incurring a charge.

Handling Test Orders

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There is currently no visual difference or special status for test orders. As a result, other extensions, plugins, or services that integrate with WooCommerce, may be unable to differentiate between these test orders and your real orders. Check the documentation for each extension, plugin, or integration for details of how they handle test scenarios. Depending on your needs, you may wish to disable certain extensions or integrations before making test orders.

When your testing of orders is done, and if you prefer, these orders can be deleted and removed from your site. That way these orders won’t be handled, or shipped inadvertently, nor will they appear in your store Analytics, etc.

Note: To avoid unintended complications with test payments on your live site, you can perform testing exclusively on a staging site.

Questions and Support

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Do you still have questions and need assistance? 

This documentation is about the free, core WooCommerce plugin for which support is provided in our community forums on WordPress.org. Searching there you’ll often find that your question has been asked and answered before.

If you haven’t created a WordPress.org account to use the forums, here’s how.

  • If you’re looking to extend the core functionality shown here, we recommend reviewing available extensions in the Woo Marketplace.
  • Need ongoing advanced support, or a customization built for WooCommerce? Hire a WooExpert agency.
  • Are you a developer building your own WooCommerce integration or extension? Check our Developer Resources.

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