This is a touch different from my normals posts which cover Shopping Carts. I talk to a lot of people who want to set up online shops, or are in the process of doing so. There’s a mix of people. Some want to get a specific product out there and are fixed on selling online, while some just want to make some money on the side. I’m speaking to that second group here, and looking beyond the typical shopping cart approach.
CouponPress is a Coupon Script for WordPress. Basically, it has everything you need to setup up a coupon site. For those not familiar with coupon sites, the idea is you collect a bunch of coupons, either specific to an industry or generic, try and get some traffic, and when people who are about to buy are looking for a coupon, they (hopefully) come to your site. They click through, you include your URL along with the coupon code, they get their discount and you get your affiliate payment. Everyone is happy.
So what did I think of CouponPress? CouponPress (which is as easy to install as any WordPress theme)
My first attempt was on a shared WordPress installation. As a result, I didn’t do the recommended “reset all” option. Bad move. I struggled with it, till I did a fresh separated review, did the reset all and everything was super easy from there. So, DO pay attention to the advice to reset. I wasted an hour or two trying to beat it into shape without that!
Now that it’s working, after reset it’s a piece of cake to use. CouponPress is a nice piece of software. The basics will be up and running in 10 minutes, although to add your coupons, design your categories, upload your logo, add some articles, etc, all ads up to more than a few hours work. That’s not CouponPress’s fault – Mark Fail, the author of this theme, has gone above and beyond to make sure pretty much everything you could want to do is easy to do. It’s just how long some things take. Even basics such as setting up Google Analytics, Google Webmaster tools, etc, can be done in a minute or two thanks to some thoughtful add ons to ease these common and essential steps.
Recommended for those wanting to experiment with couponing.