New Feature: Discount Codes

Upon popular request, in the latest update, we decided to add discount codes to Magnet Platform.

Here’s how you can use them.

To add (or edit) discount codes, navigate to Products > Discount Codes in your Magnet Platform admin area.

Discount Codes

On the right side, you’ll find a list of all your existing discount codes, and on the left, a menu for adding new ones.

When defining a discount code, you have the following options:

Add Discount Code

  • Code: The discount code your customers will use to get this discount
  • Type: The discount code type (Fixed or Percentage)
  • Discount Amount: How much the cart contents should be discounted when the customer uses the code. If the discount type is fixed, this is money value. If the discount type is percentage, a percentage.
  • Limit to Product Categories: If you like, you can use the checkboxes to only apply the discount code to products from specific categories, for example if you want to only discount your books but not your courses — or vice versa.
  • Limit to Cart Total: If you like, you can specify a minimum cart total before the discount kicks in. For example: “$15 off when your cart total exceeds $50.”
  • Description: A description for the discount code. This is shown to the customer when he/she applies the code to the shopping cart.
  • Valid (From / Until): Optionally, you can specify a time frame for when the code is available. If you leave these empty, the code will be available indefinitely.

Your customers will apply the discount code either through the shopping cart or using a special URL, YOURSITE/cart/coupon/THECODE.

To test applying a discount code from the customer’s point of view, visit our demo site and use the coupon code test-code to get 25% off the cart total.

A Brief Guide to Designing a Course in Magnet Platform

We just released a new update with some major improvements to how courses are managed in Magnet Platform. In this post we’ll take a look at what you can do with it and how to get started.

On our demo site, you’ll find some example courses such as this one, a course about how to live a life of adventure (written from the point of view of our fictional example author — who doesn’t really exist). While you can buy the course (for free to see if for yourself), I’ll make it quicker for you by showing how that course is created right here in this post.

Designing Your First Course

Editing a course in Magnet Platform is a lot like editing a WordPress blog post, so you’ll feel at home right away.

First, you can write an introduction for the participants taking the course to see when they begin going through the lessons. Notice that this is separate from the message on the sales page — we’ll take a look at that in a little while.

Edit Course #1

Below the description, you’ll find an element titled “Course Curriculum.” This is where you’ll build your course structure.

Courses are organized in sections and lessons.

Course Curriculum Element

Start by adding a section. Give the section a name and description. Then save the course (Save Draft or Update) to save the changes.

Section Information

After saving the section information, you can start adding lessons. Click on “Add Lesson” to create a new lesson and link it to the current section.

New Lesson

Click on the lesson’s title to modify its name and/or title. The lesson again looks familiar — it’s technically a special kind of WordPress post linked to your course.

Edit Course

Once you’re happy with the lesson, click on “Back to Course” to return to the course overview page, where you can continue by adding more lessons and sections.

You can also reorder lessons (and even move them from one sections to another) simply by dragging them:

Reorder Lessons

To delete a lesson or a section, click on the trash bin icon next to it.

Publish Your Course

Once you’re happy with your course, you can publish it to your customers:

  1. Publish all of the lessons you want to include in your course. This is done by clicking on the “Publish” button when editing a lesson. Notice that you can also use this as a possibility to keep some of your lessons in draft mode and publish them only later, when you (and your students) are ready for them.
  2. Publish the sections you want to include in the course by clicking on the “Publish Section” button in each section you want to publish.
  3. Publish your course by using the normal WordPress Publish button.

Course View

Notice that before your visitors can access your course, you’ll still need to link it to a product they can purchase. That’s what we’ll explore in our next post!