Once you have published and priced your course, community or bundle, you can test the checkout flow to see what your student experience will be like!
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Before you can test your checkout, make sure that you have:
- Integrated with one of our built-in payment integrations
- Set a product price
- Publish your product
- Set up a buy button
- A unique email address to test with
- Optional: a coupon to test your checkout without paying full price
If you don't have a second email address to test with, some platforms like Gmail allow you to create multiple unique email addresses using your main address, which is handy for creating test student accounts!
For example, if your email address is email@example.com, you can create a new Thinkific user using firstname.lastname@example.org. Any notifications will also be delivered to your main Gmail inbox.
You can learn more about that here: Get Extra Email Addresses for your Gmail Account
Create a Coupon
You can create a 100% off coupon to use for testing your checkout! If you prefer to test out an actual transaction, you can always create a coupon that reduces your course price to a low amount like $1.00. Just make sure you don't attempt a charge under about $0.50 as Stripe has a minimum charge requirement.
Learn more: Create a Coupon
Testing Your Checkout
Keep in mind that depending on which payment processor you are using, you may have a different default checkout! These steps will work to test any of them, but if the images look a little different — that's why. Read more about our Performance Checkout and Two-Step Checkout.
Once you have a unique email and a coupon created, you can get started testing!
- Logout of your Thinkific site or access it in a Private Window
- Navigate to your product landing page or any other page where you added a buy button
- Click your Buy button
- Fill out your test student details
- Click Sign up
- On the payment page of your checkout, apply any coupon you have created
- Complete the checkout
Looking to run another test? You can always delete your test student and start again!
Your checkout pages are default pages, which means they include sections that cannot be edited, which you can learn more about here: Default Pages
However, you can always edit your colors in your Theme Settings or change your product names, images, or descriptions. Learn more here: