Coupons–How to Create Them & How Customers Can Redeem Them

Coupons are an excellent way to market and promote your brand. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create coupon codes for your zen cart store and will explain how your customers will redeem those coupons when making a purchase.

Enable Coupons on Your Site

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Modules -> Order Total.

2. Select “Discount Coupon” and click on the “install” button.

3. There are 6 bits of information to fill out.

  • A. This module is installed–click on “true”
  • B. Sort Order
  • C. Include Shipping–true or false
  • D. Include Tax–true or false
  • E. Re-calculate Tax
  • F. Tax Class

Create a Coupon

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Gift Certificate/Coupons -> Coupon Admin

2. Click on the “insert” button.

3. Fill in all of the details. If the coupon is for a percentage discount, enter the percent sign after the number. If the coupon is ONLY for free shipping, check the free shipping box. (This ignores all the % or amount discounts, and makes the coupon ONLY apply to shipping.) You can enter a coupon code, or if you leave it blank, the system will generate a random code for you. Click on the “preview” button.

4. Review the coupon details and click on the “confirm” button.

Now you can either take the coupon code and manually give it to your customers in advertisements (in print or on your website) or you can click the “Email” button and send it to a list of customers.

If you want to set up restrictions so the coupon applies to only to certain products or categories, click the “Restrictions” button to set them up.

Click on the “report” button to see how many times the coupon has been redeemed or how many times a customer has redeemed the coupon.

Redeeming Coupons

When a customer adds something to their cart and proceeds to checkout, they will see a spot to enter a coupon code on the Payments page.

Once they fill in the code and press “Enter”, it will be checked for validity, and if it is valid and not restricted against what’s in their cart, a Success message will show on the screen, and their order Total will be adjusted appropriately

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