Wonderful! Glad to hear it, @ismailalabou. If I can help with anything else, just let me know.
Hey, @ismailalabou. I’m doing great, thanks! Hope you are well too.
Thank you for sharing this information. I’m happy to clarify to prevent any confusion around it.
A real transaction is one where the payment gateway is active in the checkout (ie. not in test/bogus mode). A valid credit card is used to make a purchase, and the charges applied to it are legitimate. The steps to refund the order would then need to be followed if the transaction was for testing purposes, because it was a real transaction.
That being said, a development store is a free account for Partners that allows them to create online stores for their clients. The inability to process real payments is a limitation on a development store, and so only transactions with a payment gateway that is in test/bogus mode can be done. In order to be able to use the checkout for real transactions, the store would need to be on a paid plan, ownership transferred to the client, and the payment gateway not be in test/bogus mode. More information about this is found in the Partner Doc for Testing orders in development stores.
Further to that, the third screenshot you provided is for the Paypal gateway specifically. Paypal does not have a test mode for the gateway, and so only real transactions can occur; Even for testing purposes. Therefore, since the checkout is inactive during the trial period, no test mode transactions can be done using Paypal; choosing a plan is the way to enable the checkout and thus allowing for real transactions to occur.
Does that make sense?
hello once again @Helen ;
thanks for the clarification, this really helps.
I just have one last vagueness about this part concerning PayPal where you said:
"Therefore, since the checkout is inactive during the trial period, no test mode transactions can be done using Paypal; choosing a plan is the way to enable the checkout and thus allowing for real transactions to occur."
so that means even if I started my Shopify trial period which it's remains 14 days, my store won't be able to process real payments through PayPal express checkout?
apart from that based on what u said here:
"In order to be able to use the checkout for real transactions, the store would need to be on a paid plan, ownership transferred to the client, and the payment gateway not be in test/bogus mode"
so that means, if i switched to a paid plan then i'm gonna be the owner of the store (client), unless i transferred the ownership of the store to someone else. which isn't the case for me.
that way i'm gonna be able to process real payments throughout store payment gateway which is PayPal in my case.
looking forward to your reply
Hi, @ismailalabou. I’m happy to clarify further.
In regards to Paypal, it’s correct that you are unable to process real transactions through Paypal (or any other payment gateway) while on the 14-day free trial, because the checkout is disabled during that time. However, you can enable the checkout, even while on the 14-day free trial, by adding your billing information to your account and choosing a plan. You won’t receive your first invoice until your free trial time has expired though, so you’ll still receive your full 14 days for free.
As per the second part of your question:
"In order to be able to use the checkout for real transactions, the store would need to be on a
paid plan, ownership transferred to the client, and the payment gateway not be in test/bogus mode"
Therefore, to summarize, in order to process real transactions through your store, you must be on a paid plan.
Does that help?
hello @Helen ;
let me clarify more also:
i have been using shopify partners for almost 4 months now, and i have a development store which in i have installed my draft app which i'm currently building.
i need to process real payments through PayPal express checkout in my dev store because i need some "data" to be rendered from the "api" so i can work with it in my "draft app" i mentioned earlier.
currently my dev store is on this plan (Developer Preview):
my concerns here is it possible to switch to a paid plan (shopify lite) in my dev store and start processing payment PayPal through express checkout.
or do i need to create another store then update payment method
and the add payment method
plus after hitting compare plans button i got this page, but it doesn't show/include "shopify lite" paid plan option:
looking forward to your reply
That being said, you should be able to choose the Lite Plan after you add your billing details to your store. But please be aware, the Lite Plan option doesn’t include an Online Store. However, you won’t lose any of your theme customizations by having the Online Store disabled. If at any time you re-enable it by upgrading to the Basic Plan or above, all Online Store data will be recovered. More information about the Lite Plan can be found here.
Because I’m not fully versed in the Partner Dashboard and it’s capabilities, I recommend reaching out to Partner Support directly through the Support section of your Partner Dashboard; They’ll be able to walk you through the process of switching to the Lite Plan. They can also answer any additional questions regarding your account or store specifically, so it’s a great resource to use.
Let me know how it goes!