WP Coupons and Deals 2.8.0 – New Templates, AMP Support, XML Import and More

It’s been a while since we have released a big update of WP Coupons and Deals. In the last few months, we have been working a lot to bring new features for you as well as improving the existing features.

Today, we have released the version 2.8.0 of WP Coupons and Deals. We are very excited about the update and we believe you will love WP Coupons and Deals plugin even more now!

Two New Templates

We already had six templates for coupons and for a while there we were not planning to bring any new templates.

But we got lots of requests from you to bring new templates. Some of you mentioned how the variations of the templates gave you more flexibility to blend the coupons better with your website design and content.

Hence, the new templates – Template Seven and Template Eight.

Both the templates come with unique design and feature.

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Template Eight comes with an additional Call to Action button. We had this request for quite some time – to add a CTA button in any of the templates. Here’s a demo of Template Eight.

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Both Template Seven and Eight come with options to choose color scheme for the template.

AMP Support

Up until now, none of our shortcodes had AMP support. That means on the AMP version of your website, the coupons would not show as you had them in the normal version of your website.

From version 2.8.0, all your coupon shortcodes are AMP supported. You will have the same design both on normal and AMP version of your website.

NOTE: Since it is discouraged to include JavaScript in AMP, some of the features that depends on JavaScript will not work in the AMP version. But the design will be consistent.

Also, as of now, we have AMP support for three AMP Plugins – AMP, AMP for WP – Accelerated Mobile Pages and WP AMP.

It took us a while to make all the templates, shortcodes AMP compatible. Thanks to our awesome user Harpreet Munjal for pushing us to bring this to the plugin.

XML Import

One of our finest feature in WPCD is the Coupon Importing feature. If you have not use it yet, you can use it to import coupons in bulk using CSV files. Some of you have taken the full advantage of it and have added thousands of coupons to your site.

From version 2.8.0, you will be able to use XML files with the importer. We have plans to support other file types too.

While working on this we found out that, it’s a bit complicated than CSV import and structure is very important in XML importing.

We have tried to test it as much as possible with help from some of you. Some of you helped us by providing XML files for testing purpose. We appreciate your help. Thank you.

Although we have tested a lot on our end, there can still be issues with XML import. Please reach out to us if you find any issues or if we missed something.

Importer Improvements

We have also made some nice improvements to the importer in general.

One of our favorite is the progress bar we have added. The progress bar shows you the progress of the import. Here’s a sneak peek for you.

Another improvement that we did in the importer is regarding CSV file. Previously when we parsed CSV files if the delimiter for fields was comm (,) we could parse it but if not, it wouldn’t work.

From version 2.8.0, the importer works with different delimiter for CSV files.

Archive Shortcode Improvements

We have made some cool improvements to the archive shortcode. Most important and exciting one is the Search bar.

The search bar is added on top along with the category navigation. Users can use the search bar to search for specific coupon. The best part is – search results will be loaded without reloading the page.

We have added an option for you to choose whether categories or vendors will be shown in the Archive navigation.

Other improvements include – loading category, vendor, numerical pages without reloading the whole page.

Other Changes

We have talked about the major changes so far. Apart from those, we have made lots of smaller changes which improves the plugin a lot.

Check out the changelog for more information.

If you have not updated to the latest version yet, do it ASAP to enjoy all the new features.

Let us know what you think about the update, what you like and what you don’t like.

We have always built upon the feedback shared by you. So keep sharing those ideas so that we can continue improving plugin.

Imtiaz Rayhan

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