This article is intended only for Volusion partners, prospective partners, and third parties interested in integrating non-Volusion products and services with Volusion. If that doesn't describe you, but you're looking for information about sandboxes, please consult the following resources:

Sandbox Needs

If you're a technology partner or prospective integrator who wants to test the Volusion platform and needs access to features not available on our 14-day free trial (for example, FTP or API), you can use a sandbox to do so. For information, contact your Business Development specialist. If you don't have one yet, check out our partner resources.

Warning: Sandbox Limitations FAQ

It's very important to have a clear understanding of what you're trying to accomplish with a sandbox before you begin using it; otherwise, you may proceed with a mistaken assumption about its capabilities and waste time and effort. Please read the FAQ below for more details.

Can I make all the changes I want to make to my live store on my sandbox and then make my sandbox live, effectively replacing my live store with my sandbox?

No. Doing so would result in significant loss and corruption of data that could not be satisfactorily restored, as well extra costs and SEO damage. This process should never be attempted. 

Can I make all the changes I want to make to my live store on my sandbox and then mirror those changes over to my live store?

While we do offer mirroring of a live store to a sandbox (free if requested as part of your sandbox order, for a fee after your sandbox has already been created), we do not offer mirroring of a sandbox to a live store.

Please be aware that mirrors from a live store to a sandbox do not and cannot include the following data:

  • customer payment information or account passwords
  • custom DNS settings
  • existing email accounts or email backups
  • existing FTP accounts

Some elements of your sandbox can be copied to a live store through various methods, but we don't recommend them. If you make changes to your sandbox for evaluation purposes and want to see them reflected on your live store, we recommend duplicating those changes separately on your live store at your own convenience.

You should only make changes to your database (products, categories, customers, settings, etc.) on your live store. If you make such changes to your sandbox and want to copy them to your live store, you can use the import / export option to export data from the sandbox into a spreadsheet and then import it to your live store. Please be aware that some fields in exportable tables cannot be imported.

Furthermore, please be aware that images, HTML files, CSS files, and JavaScript cannot be exported. You can access them through your FTP account and transfer them manually through an FTP client.

How can I cancel my sandbox?

You can cancel your sandbox just like a live hosting plan. For information, write to accountmanagers [at] volusion.com.

Can I change the domain name of my sandbox?

Technology partners and integrators who need SSL protection on their sandboxes for testing purposes must assign a valid domain name to the sandbox. To do so, reach out to your Business Development specialist. If you don't have one yet, check out our partner resources.

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