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How To Test Your Setup In Testing Mode

This guide is for those using the Legacy version of Intuitive Shipping. If you’re using the New version of the app, go here.

Not sure which version you’re using? Find out here.

When you installed Intuitive Shipping, you were automatically put into Testing Mode. Intuitive Shipping is free to use in Testing Mode, and it doesn’t count towards your free trial. Your free trial doesn’t begin until you activate a billing plan.

You can continue to use Intuitive Shipping indefinitely, for free, in Testing Mode, so take as much time as you need to complete your setup. After you finish setting up Shipping Scenarios and shipping methods – and any other things you might need, like custom shipping prices by product and combined shipping methods, you can easily test Intuitive Shipping without making your setup live to customer.

While you are in Testing Mode, Shipping Scenarios and rates from Intuitive Shipping are not visible to customers, regardless of the Visibility settings.

Test Your Setup

1) Go to your store’s website, add products to the cart, then proceed to your store’s Checkout page.

2) Use Intuitive Shipping as the customer’s first and last name. This will allow your Intuitive Shipping rates to appear as your customer will see them when you activate your account.

3) Complete the Shipping address form by adding a test address.

You can use a real or fake street address as long as the Postal code or Zip code is authentic.

If you currently have shipping rates set up in your Shopify Shipping & delivery, those rates will appear along with rates from Intuitive Shipping.

This is normal. Only you can see the rates generated by Intuitive Shipping while you’re in Testing Mode. Your customers cannot see rates from our system and will continue to see rates coming from Shopify – or another third-party rate provider if you’re using one – until your Intuitive Shipping account has been activated.

If you’re using Intuitive Shipping to create Wholesale/ Retail Shipping Pricing, Loyalty Shipping Tiers, Subscription Pricing, etc., you will need to create a Customer Account with the name ‘Intuitive Shipping’, and assign the appropriate customer tag(s) – e.g. ‘wholesale’.

Enable Carrier-Calculated Rates

When testing new or updated Shipping Scenarios, you’ll need to make sure that Shopify’s third-party carrier-calculated shipping rates feature is enabled on your Shopify account. If it isn’t enabled, your shipping rates will not appear at checkout, even in Testing Mode. In addition, you’ll see a red banner on the Intuitive Shipping Dashboard.

In certain cases, the red banner will not appear even when the carrier-calculated shipping rates feature is not enabled. This sometimes happens if the feature had been enabled, but has been inadvertently disabled.

To confirm the status of carrier-calculated shipping rates:

1) Go to the Shopify admin page, then click Settings on the admin sidebar menu.

2) Click on Shipping and delivery in the Settings sidebar menu.

3) Scroll down to the bottom, then click Manage integrations in the Accounts and integrations section.

Manage integrations may not be displayed on your Shipping and delivery page.

Instead, your Carrier accounts and Custom order fulfillment settings may be accessible directly from the Shipping and delivery page.

In either situation, if you are prompted to Enable third-party calculate rates at checkout on the screen, the feature has not yet been enabled.

Enabling third-party calculated rates at checkout is a Shopify requirement if you are using any third-party rate calculator, including Intuitive Shipping, even if you’re not planning to connect Intuitive Shipping to a live rate carrier – e.g. FedEx, UPS. The feature is USD $20.00 per month if you are on the ‘Shopify’ plan. If you change your plan to annual billing, Shopify will add the feature at no additional cost – and they will discount your plan by 10%.

To learn how to enable carrier-calculated shipping rates, click Learn more where prompted to be taken to Shopify’s Help Center guide. You will need to contact Shopify directly to have this feature enabled.

Changing your Shopify billing plan to annual billing does not automatically enable carrier-calculated shipping rates. You must contact Shopify directly and request to have the feature enabled.

If you’re on the ‘Lite’ or ‘Basic’ plan, this feature is no longer available as a paid add-on and you must upgrade to the ‘Shopify’ plan. However, if you are already on one of these plans and had the feature enabled, it has be grandfathered in.

If you are on the ‘Advanced’ plan or higher, the feature is already included with your plan and enabled. No further action is required.

Clear the Shopify Cache

When testing updated Shipping Scenarios or shipping methods, you may need to clear the Shopify checkout cache in order to see updated rates.

Let’s say you want to run a new test checkout immediately after a change has been made in Intuitive Shipping. Before you re-run the test calculation, change the street address slightly.

For example, if you used the street address ‘123 Main St.’, change it to ‘1234 Main St.’

You do not need to change the customer name or postal/zip code, as these may affect the calculations if you’re using customer conditions or if rates are location-based.

If you need to use the exact same address from an earlier test, you must then alter the cart contents. You can either –

  • increase or decrease the quantity of an item, or
  • add or remove a product. 

As long as the type or total quantity of items in the cart is different, the cache will be cleared.

Once you’ve finished testing your setup in Testing Mode, you’ll need to activate your account to start using Intuitive Shipping for live checkouts.

Be sure to check the Visibility settings in all the Scenarios you wish to use immediately to ensure everything is turned on and ready to go.

Hide Intuitive Shipping From Customers

After selecting a monthly billing plan and activating your account, you can later hide your Intuitive Shipping from your customers at any time. This is useful if you want to conduct further testing on your entire setup without altering the Visibility settings of individual Shipping Scenarios.

When General Visibility is turned OFF, customers will not see any rates from Intuitive Shipping.

That means, you may need to temporarily add a shipping rate to your Shopify settings so your customers can continue to check out while you test Intuitive Shipping. Be sure to remove this rate from Shopify when you’re ready to re-enable Intuitive Shipping. Otherwise, customers will see both.

1) Click Settings on the menu.

2) In General, set Visibility to Off (green). This will make all of your Shipping Scenarios invisible to your customers.

The General Visibility setting is only available after you have activated your account. While in Testing Mode, this feature is not accessible.

3) Click the Save button to save your Visibility settings.

4) Follow the steps at the beginning of this article to Test Your Setup – including using ‘Intuitive Shipping’ as the customer’s name. This will allow you to bypass the Visibility setting.

5) When testing is completed, set Visibility to On again to make Intuitive Shipping available to your customers.

If you added a temporary backup rate to Shopify, you will need to remove it again to prevent customers from seeing rates from multiple sources.

Setting Visibility to Off does not disable billing on your Intuitive Shipping plan. It simply hides shipping rates calculated by Intuitive Shipping from your customers.

Updated on January 5, 2023
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