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Dynamic Discount Codes - turning them on and off?

Thread began 2/09/2015 3:33 pm by Nathon Jones Web Design | Last modified 2/11/2015 1:10 pm by Jason Byrnes | 850 views | 3 replies |

Nathon Jones Web Design

Dynamic Discount Codes - turning them on and off?

I was checking this out - http://www.webassist.com/forums/posts.php?id=17160 - as a way of implementing dynamic discount codes so that my client can add / edit their own discounts on their website, however I'm not clear on exactly how these are turned on/off.

In the above linked post you recommend...

Originally Said By: rob75685
  1) Create a table in your database to hold the coupon codes. it should have a structure similar to:
couuponID - Auto Number, Primary key Column.
couponCode - varchar
couponAmount - double  



In order to give my client control over when these are available on their site, shouldn't there be an additional field, say couponOnOff - tinyint (1 for yes, 2 for no), so that we could filter the recordset to only make available codes that the client has decided to turn on?

I'd like to set up an Input and Update form in a custom admin area so that my client can create their own discounts and also edit existing discounts.

Would appreciate your advice on how best to implement as I'm still not clear how doing this can override/write to eCart's set Discount rules.
Thank you.
NJ

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

The basic idea is to have a form element that the user enters the coupon code into.

on submitting the coupon code, you look it up in the database using a recordset.

to add the ability to turn it on or off, you would add an additional where cause to the recordset to check that the coupon is enabled.

Then, if the recordset is not empty (Or in other words, the coupon code matches a record in the table and it;s record does not have the on / off column set to 0) then set the coupon amount session which is used in the discount rule.

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Nathon Jones Web Design

Does this also mean that we could run multiple discount codes at the same time, something which doesn't appear to be possible with the Discount Rules in eCart itself which override each other when applied?

Also, I'm confused about how the database driven discount rules would be displayed on the view cart and checkout pages.

Basically I like the way the discount rules are presented on the view cart and checkout pages via the eCart Discount Rules so I'm concerned that switching this to database driven is going to require some additional coding there also.

Appreciate the advice and guidance, as ever. Thank you.
NJ

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

no, this wouldn't allow for multiple coupons to be used at the same time, that would require additional custom coding to accomplish.

The name of the discount that shows on the cart pages would be the name that is set in the cart object, to use a name that is set in the database would require custom coding to accomplish. we should be able to help implement both of those concepts in about an hour premiere support.

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