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Testing Your FastSpring Store

Overview

The FastSpring platform is accessed through a set of URLs specific to your Store (see Linking to Your Storefronts for more information). Using various Storefront URLs, you can test linking to your Storefront's Home Page or to an individual product.

Overview

The FastSpring platform is accessed through a set of URLs specific to your Store (see Linking to Your Storefronts for more information).

  • For Web Storefronts, you can use specific URLs to target your Storefront's Home Page or individual product pages.
  • The URLs for Popup Storefronts are embedded into your page, along with the code that loads the library required for the Storefront.

Using test versions of your Web Storefront URLs, you can test the Home Page and / or individual product pages. Links to your URLs are located on the Storefronts menu of the FastSpring Dashboard, under the LINKS command for each Web Storefront. You can also find test links via the CHECKOUT LINKS command of each product on the Products menu.

 

 

 Tutorial Video

Check out our tutorial video on placing test orders here:  How to Place a Test Order.

 

Testing a Web Storefront

Once you have configured your Web Storefront and added at least one product to the Home Page, you are able to test the Storefront's configuration.  The test Storefront will include the product names, icons, descriptions and prices (including discounts, upsells and cross-sells) for the products that have been added to the storefront's Home Page. For each Storefront on the Web Storefronts tab of the Storefronts menu, clicking the LINKS command will show you Home Page and Product Page links, including test links.

An example of the LINKS command for a Web Storefront

An example of a Web Storefront's Home Page

 

 Testing Popup Storefronts

To test a Popup Storefront, you may choose to integrate the Storefront into your website using the test links for the Storefront, and / or simply click the Storefront's PREVIEW command.  Once the popup is displayed, you can test the purchase process by using the credit card data provided in the TEST option under Popup Storefront. Alternatively, you can click the CHECKOUT LINKS command on a product's details and then choose to preview that product using an existing Popup Storefront.

At various points during the testing of purchases emails will be generated. To get a complete view of the customer experience from start to finish, you should enter your own email address as the customer's email address when placing test orders so that customer-facing email messages will be delivered to your inbox for testing purposes. This is also a great opportunity to verify and adjust your customer notification settings and email templates. 

 

You should continue to adjust and retest the Home Page and product pages until you are satisfied with the results. 

To test the entire customer experience, you will also want to test the ability to make payments.  The Test Orders article explains this process in further detail.

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