BigCommerce Training: How to Create a Coupon Code with the Legacy Editor

Offering customers discounts and promotions is a great way to attract new shoppers, increase average order values, and thank your most loyal customers.  The simplest way to do this is by creating a coupon code that customers can use at the checkout.

If you’re on the BigCommerce platform, creating a coupon code is a quick and easy process!

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Log into your BigCommerce control panel

Step 2: Go to Marketing > Coupon Codes

The instructions and video are specific to creating coupon codes using the Marketing > Coupon Code path.  These instructions do not apply to creating coupon codes in Marketing > Promotions.

Step 3: Click on Create a Coupon Code

  • Coupon Code is prepopulated with a BigCommerce generated coupon code.  You can enter your own here using a combination of letters and numbers.  This will be the code shoppers will enter at the checkout in order to receive the discount.
  • Coupon Name is for your eyes only.  This will only be visible in the store control panel and not visible to customers, so feel free to name it whatever.
  • Discount Type is the type of discount you’re going to offer your customer, whether it be a dollar amount or percentage off the order total or individual items, or a free shipping promotion, you would select the appropriate type here.
  • Discount Amount is the amount of the discount you’re going to offer based on the Discount Type previously selected.
  • Minimum Purchase is where you would enter a dollar amount if you wanted the discount to only apply if the order total reached a certain threshold.
  • Number of Uses would be used if you prefer to have the coupon code limited to say, the first 100 customers.  You can also limit the number of times a customer can use the coupon code.
  • To make sure the coupon does not apply the discount on top of cart-level discounts, check the Exclude Cart Level Discounts box.
  • When you’re ready to enable your new coupon code, make sure you click the Enable box.
  • Expiry Date is used when you would like your coupon code to expire on a certain date.  To leave it open-ended, don’t set a date.

Step 4: Set up any conditions that may apply to the coupon:

  • Your coupon code can be used only on items within a specific category, such as bath or garden.
  • Your coupon code can be used only on specific items and not everything in your store.


Step 5: Set up any location or shipping method restrictions on the Advanced tab:

  • Limit by Location allows you to limit the coupon’s usage to certain countries, states, even zip codes.
  • Limit by Shipping allows you to limit the coupon to a specific shipping carrier.

Step 6: Once your coupon code is set up, be sure to click save!  We recommend testing your new coupon code on your store to make sure it’s functioning as you intended.

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