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    I'm considering building a coupon site, is WordPress the practical solution?

    I'd like to know if WordPress is capable or if it is the best solution for building a coupons site? Take RetailMeNot.com for example, does it look like they are running WordPress? In some ways it sort of resembles a blog. What kind of plugins can achieve those similar functions?

    Some features:
    If you click on a coupon, it opens a popup window and a new browser window with the merchant's website. You can save coupons into your account (if you create one). More importantly, how are they able to update thousands of coupons on a daily basis? Is there some way to auto-feed them or are employees manually entering the coupon codes, typing the short descriptions, and inserting an image?

    Any input or help is much appreciated. Thank you.

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    Hi inline6,

    Short answer is yes, WordPress would be a suitable framework for this type of site. Creating accounts is possible as are popups and the like. As to how they update the codes, I couldn't say.

    Just bear in mind that WordPress is a blogging framework. If you want to modify it, you will need a good grasp of PHP and probably javascript/jQuery. WP does have great documentation and you will be able to get plenty of help on these forums.

    Best of luck.

    M

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    Thanks Mickyginger. I don't know why, but i always hear about WordPress being used as a portal despite it being a blogging software. I hardly hear anything about Joomla these days (has it gone downhill?).

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    @inline6 - WP can definitely be used to create a coupon site and I have been running one on WP for a long time. There are many plugins as well as ready made themes available which can do the job for you. The themes also have most inbuilt functions needed for the coupon site to run. Search for wordpress coupon theme and you can see how wordpress works on coupon sites as there are many such theme providers.
    RecipesNext.com - recipes, kitchen queries, videos & more...
    BargainNext.com - coupons / deals / bargains / offers & more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaagare View Post
    @inline6 - WP can definitely be used to create a coupon site and I have been running one on WP for a long time. There are many plugins as well as ready made themes available which can do the job for you. The themes also have most inbuilt functions needed for the coupon site to run. Search for wordpress coupon theme and you can see how wordpress works on coupon sites as there are many such theme providers.
    Are you manually entering the coupons and store info yourself, or are they automatically updated?

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    Depending on the theme you have different options. Some allow upload of CSV for coupons, some via XML and so on depending on how you configure / which theme you buy.
    RecipesNext.com - recipes, kitchen queries, videos & more...
    BargainNext.com - coupons / deals / bargains / offers & more...


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