Payments testing mimics each step of the payment process to verify that connections, transactions, and paths for communications are working. The best payments testing strategies include a thorough range of tests, from functional to performance to location.
Need a place to start? Follow this checklist when developing a payment gateway testing strategy. A good strategy should detail exactly what information is needed, common flags for problems, and the markers of a successful payment gateway.
Found a bug in your payment funnel? Working through this checklist can aid in understanding the elements of a payment testing system and break down each test to find the problem — and the solution.
- Gather test data such as dummy financial information.
- Compile the payment gateway information from the merchant.
- Establish a payment processor sandbox to run the test scenarios.
- Create a list of error codes and document all errors.
- Verify the process for a successful transaction.
- Check currency integration.
- Check for any pop-up messages and error messages if the user’s browser blocks them.
- Test that all payment options are valid and functional and that payments trigger corresponding steps in the process.
- Check successful transaction messages to both the merchant and the customer.
- Be familiar with all of the terms in the gateway system.
- Ensure all security and fraud protections are functioning, including customer messages, and that data is sent over secured (HTTPS) channels.
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