Coupons are ubiquitous in your local newspaper, magazines, and now even in online stores.  OpenCart allows you to easily create coupons that you can apply to your customers, products or services.  The following article shows how to create a coupon in OpenCart 1.5.

 

Creating Coupons in OpenCart 1.5

  1. Login to the Administrator Dashboard
  2. Hover the menu bar where it displays the word SALES. When the drop-down menu appears, scroll down and click on the word COUPONS.  If coupons have already been created then you will see the list here:

    coupons-main

    In order to create a new coupon simply click on INSERT and you will see the following screen.

    coupons-new-insert


  3. The two mandatory fields for saving the coupon are the first two:  Coupon Name and Code.  These must be filled out with a value in order to save the coupon. The fields for the coupon are defined in the table below:

    Coupon Name given name for the coupon (e.g. "Free Shipping Coupon")
    Code Code that the customer will enter in in order to get discount
    Type type of discount - percentage or fixed amount
    Discount Numerical value of discount (percentage or currency amount)
    Total Amount Minimum cost condition to permit coupon use
    Customer Login Customer needs to be logged into shop to use coupon
    Free Shipping

    Yes/No - is this set for free shipping? (we still have to pay for it, but customer's transaction would be free.

    Category Category from the products Catalog
    Products Specific product for which the coupon will apply
    Date Start Beginning of the discount coupon period
    Date End End of the discount coupon period
    Uses Per coupon Maximum number of times that a coupon can be used by a single customer.  If blank, then the number is unlimited.
    Uses Per Customer Maximum number of times thata coupon can be used by a single customer
    Status Enabled/Disabled - option to allow for coupon to active


  4. Enter a value or select an option as listed in the table above. This creates the contents of your coupon. 
  5. When all of the values have been selected click on SAVE in the top right hand corner to save your coupon.



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 With the options in the INSERT screen, you can clearly define the coupon.  This allows you to provide discounts to your customer or on a product.  Your coupons should typically have a start and end date.  Additionally, make sure that you use a code for the coupon that would not easily be pre-determined.  To the left is an example of the view that customer sees when using a coupon.

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