How do I run a test credit card transaction?

Synopsis
You would like to test your payment processor to make sure it is integrated correctly. You want to run a test registration or make a test donation before going live with your website. If you are using DoJiggy Payments by WePay, please read this testing FAQ.

Solution
Below are two unique testing scenarios for your website. Each works in a different situation, so please review to see which best fits your needs. Generally, there are two reasons that you will want to run a test order before opening your event registration to the public.

  1. To confirm that integrated payment processing is working
  2. To confirm that you are receiving email confirmations

SCENARIO  I - TEST FROM YOUR ADMIN AREA

Use the integrated Credit Card Testing button from your Admin area to test that your payment processor is correctly configured. Go to Tools -> Payment Settings  and click on the Credit Card Testing button at top. This button will only appear when you have a credit card merchant account configured. This button will not appear and cannot be used with PayPal.

This will bring you to a new testing page. Use the form to test a credit card in either Test Mode or Live Mode. Note when Live Mode is selected, your credit card will be charged for the transaction if the payment processor is configured correctly. The best test is to do a small transaction in Live Mode.

SCENARIO  2 - TEST FROM YOUR PUBLIC WEBSITE

A good test to ensure that both your payment processor and email confirmations are correctly configured and functioning is to complete a Test Registration or Donation from your public website. If you wish to check that your credit card processing works, please run a real credit card, for a real amount.

If you are requesting donations on your site, you can run a $1.00 donation. Otherwise, you can temporarily change the price of registration or a product to $1.00, run the card, and change it back immediately.

To add a Donation Request to Golf and Events sites, goto Products -> Donation Request. For Pledge events, you can use the General Donation fundraising page.

After you have run your test order, look under Reports -> Orders, and you should see a completed order there.  Additionally, log into your payment processor's virtual terminal or PayPal account to note the transaction there.  Then be sure to follow your money all the way to your bank account. This will take a couple of days, depending on your payment processor.

If you wish to check your email confirmations, you do not need to run a credit card. You may process a registration with payment by check. 

After you have confirmed that the test order went through, you can delete it (if you wish) from Reports -> Orders by clicking on the order and scrolling to the very bottom. Please note that this operation will not cause a refund to your credit card. If you wish to refund your credit card, please do so directly in your payment processor's virtual terminal or PayPal account. More information on refunds is here.

 

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