nopCommerce Tips: Creating a Virtual Gift Card

Gift cards are a huge part of today’s retail world; one thing that it does for your e-commerce presence is give you “cash before the sale”, which in turn, can allow you to provide a better range of merchandise for your customers. nopCommerce supports the ability to generate unique gift cards, and activate them.

Log into your nopCommerce site as an admin, and navigate to the administration section of the site. Under “Sales”, select “Gift Cards”. Click “Add New”, and then fill out the fields. If you’re testing this for the first time, unclick “Is gift card activated”. Once all other fields are filled out, click “Save and Continue Edit”; you’ll now see a “Creation Date”, and “Is recipient notified”, which by default is false. You’ll also see a button that’s labeled “Notify recipient”; once you click that, nopCommerce will generate an e-mail to the recipient of the gift card.

Once you’ve activated the gift card, the recipient will be able to use this as a form of payment on the website; you can track how much is left of the gift card balance by searching on the gift card code, and looking at the “Remaining Amount”.

You can do this for gift cards sold, or you can use gift cards as a reward for customers who have spent a significant amount with your store. You can even use it as a means of providing better customer service for any customer who’s encountered a problem with any other aspect of your business – it’s up to you.

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