4 Benefits of Using Dummy Data for Your Shopify Store

Rob Elgar - Writer for Egnition
By Rob Elgar
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Published July 3, 2024.

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As a developer or Shopify store owner, it's always a good idea to test your store with simulated data before its launch to identify and remove any issues.

Also referred to as simulated or test data, dummy data is a set of randomly generated data that's used to replace real data during test phases.

You can create dummy data manually or via a data-generating app. This will help you improve future inventory forecasting, among other benefits:

1. Identify Coding Errors

Generating dummy data can help you identify any errors you've made in your code while creating your store before it goes live. This will save you the time and effort of having to go back and fix the errors.

» Here's how to create dummy data for your e-commerce store

2. Identify Duplications and Redundancies

You can identify unnecessary or duplicate codes, which will help lighten up the code and speed up your website load time. A faster loading time will, in turn, improve the user experience in your store as well as your SEO efforts and boost your bottom line.

» Use these methods to increase your Shopify website speed

3. Improve Customer Satisfaction

Test data allows you to cut out any kinks that would disrupt the customer experience in your Shopify store. It's always better to prevent a problem than solve it when it arises later.

4. Reduce Costs

Dummy data is reusable. Therefore, you can store a larger amount of data over time, which can provide clarity on how your store functions. This can help you better strategize for the future and ultimately save money.

» Still not sure dummy data will help? Here's why your e-commerce store needs dummy data

Enhance Your Shopify Store Using Dummy Data

  • Easily generate dummy data for your development store.
  • Test user journeys and flows by generating customers and orders.
  • Delete test data with one click.

Using dummy data to test your Shopify development store before transferring ownership or making your store live is an essential step to ensuring your store is streamlined and working correctly. An app that simplifies sample data generation, like Egnition's free Simple Sample Data app, will let you enjoy the benefits of dummy data in your Shopify store in no time.

Simple Sample Data

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» Learn more about this handy tool in the following Simple Sample Data review

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