Coupon based sites are growing at a steady rate and in the last few months, a lot of authority sites such as – WedDesignerDepot, CSS-Tricks, and David Walsh have added an WordPress coupon or deals section. Although, most of these sites have custom coded with Post formats and custom taxonomies but not everyone has the enough money or technical knowledge to add the coupons section.
Thanks to independent theme shops and developers, you can easily create a coupon based site without going into any technical jargon.
Starting a coupon based is easy, but the hard the part is to make it successful. It requires a lot of work and patience, but some of the companies like Mighty Deals and DealFuel, have been able to niched-down, and become rather well known in the industry.
Now, it doesn’t prove that you will achieve similar success as the ones mentioned above, but it does prove one thing, that focusing on smaller markets is one of the fastest ways to make money with coupon sites.
Alternatively, you could also add a coupon section to your already established site, like we have done here on WPKube.
Coupon WordPress Plugins
Coupon Creator plugin allows you to create new coupons and display them on your site by using a shortcode. You can customize the coupon code anyway you want, it also has an option to upload the coupon images. The coupon is built using the custom post type, where users can submit all the settings in the custom meta box.
- Coupons automatically disappears after the expiration date
- Creates link to open in new window for printing the coupon codes
- The coupon can be placed anywhere on the site with a simple shortcode
- Creates a Coupon Section to easily find all the coupons to removed, update, or create
Coupon WordPress Themes
These themes can be used to create a coupon deals website without spending any money on web development. If you are specifically looking for a groupon clone or a daily deal theme, then you should check out our collection of best Daily Deals and Groupon Clone Themes.
Couponer is a premium WordPress theme available on ThemeForest for $48. The theme is built on Bootstrap and comes with a responsive design. It comes with a lot of useful features such as countdown timer to help you increase conversion rates, membership system for users, mailchimp integration for sending emails, profile pages, and fully optimized for search engines.
It also includes a blog page, so you can share content that is not just related to coupons & custom deals. If you are looking to customize the theme, you will be happy to know that it is highly customizable and comes with unlimited color options.
Clipper is another coupon oriented site theme for WordPress which is also very easy to set up with its quick installation. It supports a multitude of payment options that you can set up, including PayPal.
The theme also features advanced link cloaking which is a nice way of hiding your affiliate links and coupons from visitors so they can’t close them. Another really useful feature is tracking all key aspects of your coupons and links which is a vital determinant of which affiliate links and coupons are to stay on your site. There are template pages for stores and categories available on your website making it convenient for your visitors to view your content. As or the coupons themselves, they can be sorted into types and by categories and the custom write panels enables you to edit the coupons themselves as well as all of the custom fields.
You have options to either allow for submission of coupons by everyone or you can make it so people register first before submissions. Best of all, there is also an option to set up a ReCaptcha challenge box to avoid bots and spam which adds an extra layer of security. You have no restrictions in the number of stores that you can set up or on the number of coupons and there is an individual page for each store. You can also get help for ad management and the overall site management is also made very easy through the admin panel.
The panels don’t only look good at your end but your customers also get access to their individual personalized dashboards for easy viewing and management of their coupons. Add that up with the five different color schemes and the ability to upload and showcase your own brand logo makes Clipper a very well rounded theme.
Coupon Press is a powerful script that makes setting up your own coupon code website easy. The Coupon Press theme is ideal solution for creating printable coupons, voucher codes, deals, and offers website.
This is a great theme for those who are planning to start their own coupon website, as this theme will convert your WordPress website into a fully functional coupon or deals website. A user or visitor can also search coupons for a specific product through the search area located in the right side. The theme also comes with a blog section, where you can share latest news or articles.
- Unlimited Installations
- Membership Packages – Allow Visitors to Submit Their Own Coupons
- Widget & Plugin Support
- 10+ Different Coupon Layouts to Choose From
The Couponize theme enables users to store all kinds of price cuts offered by various companies including coupons, discounts, and promo codes. This lightweight, fully responsive theme enables users to create a complete coupons business.
With this feature packed theme, users can sort their collection of coupons and other discount offers in a multitude of ways, including:
- Published date.
- Expiration date.
- Number of comments.
- Number of likes.
Anyone who’s looking to earn a few extra bucks around holidays and Black Friday through affiliate links should definitely give Couponize a try. It comes with FlexSlider which makes it easier for users to optimally display coupons while saving screen real estate. Those of you who would rather not use a slider can simply classify their coupons using traditional filtering options.
The theme also features a pop-up box with additional details that appears when a viewer clicks on a particular coupon. Users can choose to add an X-days left element with every offer. The theme is neat, well-designed, and engaging.
Run a magazine or infotainment site? Bloggit just might be just what you are looking for. The theme is great looking and is an instant attention grabber with the way it presents itself. With Bloggit you’ll get a captivating breaking news alert that lets you highlight any of the things that you are promoting be it an article, event, or story. Once your site gets loaded with posts the utility of AJAX more than just kicks in. AJAX technology enables your readers to scroll through the page without refreshing it till the end by clicking on a button. As far as its interface goes, Bloggit offers double homepage sliders that are fun and offer great functionality while looking the part as well.
You also get double navigation which is an awesome functionality and makes navigating through the website a breeze. You can set those up for pages or for posts and categories whichever way you feel will optimize the flow of surfing through the site as smooth and fast as possible. There is a fantastic widget that specifically lets you highlight any great deal or discount and makes it easier to share with your readers.
When it comes to post types you have plenty of content options including a meta option to add videos, with 6 different post types. The selection of content that you can upload on your blog is by no means meager.
Now that we have skimmed over the functionality of the theme let’s take a peek at the customization options of the theme. Over here we have shortcode support for adding social media buttons and even Google Maps – pretty much everything that’s included in the Symple Shortcodes as it comes pre-installed with the theme.
You also get to pick from 21 background patterns (or you can select none) or add your own custom background and images together with unlimited colors to set up your color scheme and brand identity.
WP Coupon 2.0
WP Coupon 2.0 is a simple plugin which allow you to create a fully featured site. WP Coupon 2.0 comes in a package of themes and plugin. With this you can create sites like FatWallet. I haven’t used this solution but if you’re looking to create a fully featured coupons/ deals site, than this is a great solution.
This theme has some great features including – Fully Optimized for Search Engine and third party advertisements, Complete Affiliate Link Management System, Sponsored Categories – With WP AD you can sell ad space with an unlimited number of ad placements, and Printable Coupons – Comes with an option to print the coupons.
WP Coupon is totally integrated with WordPress and it runs on WP Coupon Framework. The only downside is that, WPCoupon is a bit expensive, compared to other themes in the same niche.
These all are great themes & plugins but my personal favorite is DRP Coupon, which has been removed from the WordPress directory. It was one of those plugins which could work any WordPress theme.
Be sure to read the extra information on the themes and plugins that may have caught your eye and compare them to see which one suits your needs.