How to Test Your WooCommerce Checkout – 7 Easy Steps

Testing your WooCommerce checkout process is crucial in ensuring a smooth and efficient experience for your customers. A well-functioning checkout process can significantly reduce cart abandonment rates and increase conversions. This guide will walk you through the steps to thoroughly test your WooCommerce checkout process.

Set Up a Staging Environment (Optional)

A staging environment is a clone of your live website where you can safely test new features, updates, and configurations without affecting your actual customers. You can still test it on your live site, but in most scenarios, it’s safer to use a staging site. So this is an optional precautionary step and totally up to you. If you are testing a brand new site, you don’t need to stress it too much.

How to Create a Staging Environment:

There are a few methods to create a staging site; the easiest is using your hosting provider’s tools. Many hosting providers offer one-click staging environments. There are other ways, but they are a bit more manual:

  • Using plugins: Use plugins like WP Staging or Duplicator to create a staging site.
  • Doing a manual Setup: Clone your site manually by copying files and the database to a subdomain or subdirectory.

Review Your Checkout Settings

Ensure that your WooCommerce settings are configured correctly:

  • Currency and Location Settings: Confirm that the currency, country, and tax settings are accurate.
  • Payment Gateways: Verify that your payment gateways (e.g., PayPal, Stripe) are set up and functioning.
    • You can try using WooPayments; it will make setup a bit easier. You can do that by going to the Payments tab in the settings or in the Payments category:
testing checkout process - Payments screenshot
  • Shipping Methods: Check your shipping options and ensure they are properly configured for different zones.

You can configure all of the other settings here:

Shipping options screenshot

Test Different Payment Gateways

Each payment gateway has its own specific setup and requirements. Test each one thoroughly to ensure they work correctly:

  • Test Mode: Many payment gateways offer a test mode (sandbox) for running transactions without real money. If you have setup everything with WooPayments, you can go ahead and switch to Test mode from the settings.
Enable test mode screenshot

You can use the test cards provided in the WooCommerce documentation.

In the documentation, you can also find out how to set up fast payment methods like Apple Pay / Google Pay

  • Live Transactions: Perform a real transaction with a low-cost item to see if the payment process is complete successfully.

Test the Checkout Process

Simulate a complete purchase to identify any potential issues, going through the full client experience is a great step to take so you can see exactly what the process for your customers looks and feels like. Trust your gut and ask yourself, would I go through with purchasing from this website:

  • Guest Checkout: Test the process as a guest user to ensure the guest checkout option works.
  • Registered Users: Log in as a registered user and complete a purchase.
  • Form Validation: Check that the checkout form validates all required fields and provides appropriate error messages.

Verify Cart Functionality

Ensure that items can be added to and removed from the cart seamlessly. Check for:

  • Adding Items: Verify that products from different parts of the site can be added to the cart.
  • Updating Quantities: Test updating the quantity of items in the cart.
  • Removing Items: Ensure that items can be removed from the cart easily.

Review Confirmation Emails

After a successful purchase, customers should receive a confirmation email:

  • Content: Verify that the email contains the correct order details.
  • Delivery: Ensure the email is delivered promptly to different providers (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.).
  • Customization: Check that any customizations to the email template are correctly implemented.

You can customize all emails from the settings tab again:

Review confirmation emails screenshot

Monitor for Errors and Debug Logs

Enable WooCommerce logging to monitor for errors during the checkout process:

  • Error Logs: Review WooCommerce and server error logs for any issues.
  • Debugging: Use debugging tools and plugins to identify and fix problems.

Seek User Feedback

Finally, gathering feedback from real users to gain insights into their experience is a really important step. Even if it’s your friend or relative testing it you can still learn a lot from their experience. Getting a more professional angle is best, but be sure to do any kind of test before going live

After going live, you can still get feedback, for example, by using post-purchase surveys to ask customers about their checkout experience.

Conclusion

Testing your WooCommerce checkout process is essential to ensure a smooth, user-friendly, and error-free purchasing experience. By following these steps, you can identify and address potential issues before they impact your customers, ultimately leading to higher satisfaction and increased sales. Regular testing, especially after updates or changes, will help maintain a seamless checkout process.

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Vladimir Nenkovski
Vladimir Nenkovski

Vladimir is the lead of the WPX WooCommerce project. His long journey as a Technical Support Team Manager introduced him to all kinds of WordPress and WooCommerce services and their impact on your website. If there is a solution to a better performing website, he will find it.

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