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Flat DIscount Coupons

The Flat Discount Coupon allows you to place a coupon on the page that users can add directly to their carts. You specify the amount of the discount, and whether the discount will be based on a percentage or flat monetary value. The Flat Discount Coupon asset will also let you specify a base amount that must be spent before the coupon can be applied.


  1. Select Flat Discount Coupon from the New Content menu to open the Add/Edit Flat Discount Coupon Screen.



  1. In the “Title” field enter a title for this coupon. This could be just Coupon, or something like “Save Now” or “Special Offer.”

  2. The “Menu Title” is the title of this asset as it appears in the site navigation. You can leave this blank and WebGUI will use the title entered in the Title field for this field.

  3. The “URL” field is a field in which you can enter a URL for this asset. Again, you can leave this blank and WebGUI will create a URL for you. Because this coupon is an asset, and has its own URL, you can create hyperlinks to it. For example, you may wish to advertise this as a special promotion. You can send a promotional email out that links people to this coupon so they can take advantage of the savings.

  4. In the “Description” field enter text that will display to the user. This could be an explanation of how to use this coupon, special terms of this coupon, or any other related information you want the reader to know. You can also upload an image to use with this coupon through the WebGUI Collateral Image Manager, located in the gray area of the Rich Editor.

  5. The “Thank you message” field displays the message users will receive upon adding this coupon to their carts.

  6. Configure the coupon's display settings in the Display tab:


    1. If the “Hide from navigation?” field is set to Yes, the asset will not appear in the site navigation.

    2. If the “Open in new window?” field is set to Yes, the asset will open in a new browser window if it is viewed directly.

    3. The “Display Title?” field determines if the title of this asset will appear on the body of the page.

    4. The “Template” field is the template used for displaying this asset. If you have a custom template to display this coupon you will select it here.

8. The Security tab is the standard security tab in which you can select the group of users who can edit this asset and view it on the site. The Owner can always do both.

9. The Metadata tab is the standard metadata tab common amongst most assets. If you want to assign metadata to this asset do so here. Like other SKU assets, you can associate a coupon with a Shelf asset using metadata keywords. This will allow you to place a coupon anywhere on the site, and have it pulled onto a Shelf asset for display with other SKU assets (such as related Product assets).

10. The Shop tab contains vital fields for configuring this coupon.


      1. The “SKU” field displays the stock keeping unit for this item. The coupon is treated as an item in the cart, so therefore, a SKU is assigned. WebGUI will generate a SKU for you, or you can enter your own.

      2. The “Vendor” field allows you to specify a specific vendor to get credit for selling this item.

      3. If “Ships Separately?” is set to Yes, this item will accrue additional shipping costs, separate from other items in the same cart.

      4. The “Must Spend” field allows you to set a monetary amount that must be spent in your shop before this discount will apply.

      5. The next two fields, “Percentage Discount,” and “Price Discount,” allow you to set the amount this coupon is worth. If the coupon takes a percentage of the total price off the purchase, enter that percentage in the “Percentage Discount” field. If the coupon takes a flat monetary amount off the purchase, enter that amount in the “Price Discount” field.

      6. The “Override tax rate?” field allows you to override the default tax rate for this item. This is useful in locations where there are special tax rates, or tax is not charged, on life-essential items such as food and clothing.

      7. If the “Override tax rate?” is set to Yes, enter the amount of the override in the “Tax Rate Override” field. In other words, enter the new percentage of tax to apply to this item. This probably doesn't apply to a coupon.

    11. Click save to place the coupon on the page.



    Users simply click the Add to Cart button to add this coupon to their carts, where the discount will be applied during checkout, as seen below.



    You can take advantage of WebGUI's versioning system when using coupons to create coupons that appear on your site for a limited amount of time. For example, create a version tag in which you create a Flat Discount Coupon to give shoppers a special discount that only applies to purchases made on a single day. You may want the coupon to be only thing contained in the version tag.



    Enter the Version Tag that contains this Flat Discount Coupon asset.



    In the “Start Time” and “End Time” fields at the top of the screen, set the time period during which the coupon will be available for use in your Shop. WebGUI will publish the coupon at the start time indicated, and when the savings are no longer available, the coupon will be removed from the site at the end time indicated. Users will need to make sure they checkout during this time frame, or the coupon will also disappear from their carts. The “End Time” field is also a good way to impose expiration dates on coupons.


    Also, remember that the Flat Discount Coupon is an asset. Therefore, it has viewing privileges just like other assets. You may want to use this to your advantage to provide special savings to a specific group of users. In the Flat Discount Coupon asset's Security tab, set the “Who can view?” field to the group of users you want to allow to use this coupon. This could be a group of users who are subscribed to a service on the site. Perhaps you'd like to offer them a discount if they renew their subscriptions. Or, you can set the who can view privileges to correspond with a group of users subscribed to your newsletter.


    You can also place the coupon asset on a container asset that is hidden from the site's navigation, keeping it hidden from a normal site user's view. For example, in a Shelf or Page Layout asset's Display tab, set the “Hide from navigation?” field to Yes. Then, place a Flat Discount Coupons on the page or Shelf, and include the URL of the coupon in a newsletter to allow readers to easily access their savings, and allow only them to redeem the coupon.

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