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WooCommerce Smart Coupons – How to Add a Coupon Category?

This article explains how using WooCommerce Smart Coupons, you can create and associate a category to your coupons.

Last updated on November 3, 2022

As a WooCommerce store owner, there’s always some or the other discount coupon running across your store.

Nevertheless, organizing these coupons is important, especially during the sales season when there are too many of them without classification.

Adding categories to a single coupon or bulk-generated coupons will help you run a systematic and effective coupon strategy and will further save you the headache to keep sorting them.

This article will help you with the detailed steps to do so.

Manage your coupons more effectively by categorizing them using Smart Coupons

The default WooCommerce does not provide the feature to categorize coupons.

But with WooCommerce Smart Coupons plugin, you get options to manage and organize your coupons. One of them is labeling coupons with a category.

Using Smart Coupons, you can create such categories for bulk-generated discount coupons as well.

For those who entered late, Smart Coupons is the original and best-selling coupon plugin on You can bulk generate coupons, create gift cards, restrict coupons based on payment methods, shipping, location…and do much other stuff.

Steps to add a category to coupons in Smart Coupons?

First, you need to create a category and then associate coupons to that category.

  • Go to WordPress Admin panel > Marketing > Coupons > Manage coupon categories
  • WooCommerce manage coupon category
  • Enter the category name, slug name & description
  • Add a parent coupon category if you want to list any category under some parent category
  • Click on Add new coupon category. The category will be shown on the right-hand side.
  • Add new coupon category WooCommerce
  • Now, to associate a coupon to a category, simply select the category or Add new coupon category while creating/editing the coupon. Or go to Smart Coupons Dashboard, select a coupon, click on Edit, select a category and click on Update. You can also assign multiple categories to a single coupon.
  • Associate coupon to a category

That’s it.

You can even associate multiple coupons (bulk coupons) to a category as follows –

  • Go to the Smart Coupons dashboard
  • Select the coupons, select Bulk Actions from the dropdown and click on Edit
  • Select the category
  • Click on Update

That’s all.

WooCommerce filter coupons by category

To filter and find coupons belonging to a specific category, go to the Smart Coupons dashboard, click on the Category name under Coupon categories. Smart Coupons make it easy to manage everything related to coupon categories.

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Import coupons with categories

Using Smart Coupons, you can also import coupons with categories.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to your WordPress Admin panel. Click on Marketing > Coupons > Import Coupons.
  2. Download the sample.csv file and give a name for your reference.
  3. Make sure your CSV file contains the column sc_coupon_category as shown in the image below.
  4. Smart Coupons category column name in csv file
  5. Now again go to your WordPress Admin dashboard. Under Marketing > Coupons, click on the Manage Coupon Categories button. You’ll be redirected to a page from where you can manage (add, update, delete) coupon categories.
  6. Smart Coupons access coupon categories
  7. Add your preferred categories and note down the coupon category ID. These ID’s will be used under the sc_coupon_category column in the CSV file.
  8. Add these noted category IDs under the column sc_coupon_category in your CSV file along with other coupon data. Save your CSV file. You can also set multiple categories to a coupon using the category ids, separated with a pipe (|). For example, 36|35|34.
  9. Smart Coupons Category ids in csv file
  10. Again, go to your WordPress Admin panel. Click on Marketing > Coupons > Import Coupons and import your CSV file with the categories.

That’s it.

Now, how does this make your life a tad easier?

A few years down the line, when you’ll be all out there creating some more discount coupons and busy taking your store to the next level, you can still be able to see what you did a few years back.

What was your strategy back then with the coupons? What kind of results did it manage to give you?

The answers to these questions will act as a foundation to design even better discount category strategies in the future.

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