Set Up Gift Certificates: Zen Cart Templates Tutorial

Consumers spent more than $23 billion on gift cards/certificates in 2010. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to grow your sales. This step by step zen cart templates tutorial will show you how to set up gift certificates in your store.

This tutorial features the Andover Modern free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you want to use it for your next zen cart project, you can download it for free here:

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1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Catalog -> Categories/Products.

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2. Create a new category named “Gift Certificates”. If you do not know how to do this, follow this tutorial:

Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial: How to Add Categories and Sub Categories

3. Create a new product named “Gift Certificates”. If you do not know how to do this, follow this tutorial:

Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial: How to Add Products

There are several bits of information that you will need to fill out on the product info form:

  • A. Products Status: In Stock
  • B. Date Available: leave blank
  • C. Products Manufacturer: leave blank
  • D. Products Name: Gift Certificates
  • E. Product is Free: No
  • F. Product is Call for Price: No
  • G. Product Priced by Attributes: Yes
  • H. Tax Class: choose appropriate
  • I. Products Price (Net): 0 (gift certificates will be priced by attributes)
  • J. Products Price (Gross): figured automatically
  • K. Product is Virtual: Yes, Skip Shipping
  • L. Always Free Shipping: No
  • M. Products Quantity Box Shows: Yes, Show
  • N. Product Qty Minimum: leave blank
  • O. Product Qty Maximum: 0 = Unlimited
  • P. Product Qty Units: leave blank
  • Q. Product Qty Min/Unit Mix: leave blank
  • R. Products Description: Your description.
  • S. Products Quantity: put in a large number to track number sold.
  • T. Products Model: GIFT-0001 (This model number must begin with “GIFT”)
  • U. Products Image: Upload an image
  • V. Products URL: leave blank
  • W. Products Weight: leave blank
  • X. Sort Order:

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Click on the “preview” button and check things over.

Click on the “insert” button.

4. In your zen cart admin Go to Modules -> Order Total.

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Click on “Gift Certificates”

Click on the “install” button.

There are several bits of information to fill in:

  • A. Sort Order
  • B. Queue Purchases
  • C. Include Shipping
  • D. Include Tax
  • E. Re-calculate Tax
  • F. Tax Class
  • G. Credit including Tax
  • H. Set Order Status

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5. Add amounts to your Gift Certificate product.

In your zen cart admin go to: Catalog -> Option Name Manager

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There are 3 bits of information to fill in:

  • A. Name–“Gift Certificates”
  • B. Sort Order
  • C. Option Type: Drop down or Radio buttons look best for gift certificates

Click on the “insert” button.

At the top of the page click on the “option values” button.

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There are 3 bits of information to fill in:

  • A. Select the option name “Gift Certificates” from the pull down menu.
  • B. Option Value–This is the amount of the first gift certificate $25.00
  • C. Sort Order

Click on the “insert” button.

Do this for each gift certificate amount you want to offer. This example has $25.00, $50.00, and $100.00.

Click on the “Attribute Controller” button at the top of the page.

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Navigate to the category “Gift Certificates”, choose the product “Gift Certificates”, and click on the “display” button.

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There are 3 bits of information to fill out:

  • A. Select “Gift Certificates” from the option name menu
  • B. Select the amount from the option value menu
  • C. Add the price

Click on the “insert” button.

Do this for each of the gift certificate amounts.

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