Troubleshoot New Store Connection Issues

Steps to try if you are unable to connect a new store or selling channel to ShipStation after following the steps in the connection modal or integrations article.

Follow the steps in this article to troubleshoot issues when connecting a store or marketplace to ShipStation.

1. Find Solutions to Common Errors

  • Are you getting a 400 or 500 error message when attempting to import orders? Review the Common Store Errors page. It contains a list of common errors you may see when trying to import orders into ShipStation along with their possible solutions.

    View the error for your store or marketplace by hovering over the Update all Stores button and clicking on Error updating - see more.

    Error updating warning highlighted in Update Stores menu on Order grid
  • Check the integration article for the store or marketplace you are connecting to ShipStation.

    The Integrations Help Guide includes an article for each of our store or marketplace connections. Common integrations with specific import requirements include Shopify, BigCommerce and Amazon. Each article has detailed steps on how to connect to ShipStation. When available, we also include connection-specific troubleshooting tips and links to partner resources that can help with certain issues you may encounter when connecting the account.

2. Check your ShipStation user account permissions

Ensure that your ShipStation user account has been granted either the Configuration or the Administration user permissions. Either of these permissions is required to connect a store or marketplace to ShipStation.

Review the Customize User Permissions & Restrictions section of ShipStation's Set User Permissions article for detailed steps.

Administration and Configuration permissions checked in the Edit User window.

3. Check your store or marketplace permissions

Log in to your store or marketplace admin panel and ensure that the proper access and permissions are configured.

The store or marketplace you are connecting may also have restrictions on what kinds of users can create a connection to ShipStation, or may restrict you from accessing information required for the integration. We recommend using your Admin account to ensure you have access to proper permissions and information.

4. Verify your store or marketplace is not in test or maintenance mode

Check to see if the website for your store or marketplace is in test or maintenance mode.

Putting your selling channel in maintenance or test mode may temporarily block third-party connections. Set the selling channel to live or public mode for ShipStation to reliably connect to your selling channel.

5. Whitelist ShipStation

ShipStation must be able to communicate with your store or marketplace to import orders. In most cases, ShipStation will receive the authentication it needs when you connect the store. However, if you have installed additional security measures on your site or server, you may also need to whitelist access for ShipStation.

‘Whitelisting’ means adding ShipStation to a list of trusted sites in your web browser, ad blocker, or other security software. This will ensure ShipStation does not get blocked on your system.

We suggest whitelisting the ShipStation application URL in any browser or store security plug-in you may have installed.

To locate your ShipStation application URL:

  1. Log in to ShipStation.

  2. View the URL in your web browser's address bar.

    The first portion of the URL will be your ShipStation application URL, such as

    ShipStation URL highlighted in web browser address bar.

Learn how to whitelist a website URL in different browsers.

If you use security plug-ins, either in your browser or directly on your store, please note there are many security plug-ins on the market. Please refer to the plug-in documentation on how to whitelist URLs for those you use.