Shopping Cart Price Rule
A shopping cart price rule is a promotion that will apply if certain conditions of the customers shopping cart are met. This will also allow you to create a coupon code that your customers can apply at check out to receive a discount on the products specified in the Actions Tab.
Step 1 - Rule Information
Navigate to Promotions > Shopping Cart Price Rules > Add New Rule
On the Rule Information Tab fill out the required rule information and pay special attention to the Customer Groups portion of this view. This will specify that the rule will only apply to the customers belonging to a particular group or groups.
Here is where you will specify if a coupon code will be required and what the code will be. You can also set this to auto-generate coupon codes
Step 2 - Setting Conditions
On the Conditions Tab to the left, this is where you will configure which conditions will trigger the shopping cart price rule to be applied to the customer's grand total at check out. See below:
Step 3 - Setting Discount Actions
On the Actions Tab to the left, this is where you will configure which category(ies) this rule will apply to.
Notice the verbiage of the conditions. Keep in mind that bolded words are configurable including the ellipses. To get started writing conditions, click the green plus button and select Category in the drop-down menu.
This is where you will figure the amount discounted and how the discount is applied (ex: by a percentage of the original price, by a fixed amount, etc)
Important: Pay attention to the verbiage. If there are multiple categories this promotion will apply to, you will need to change the word is to is one of by clicking the bolded is and selecting the appropriate action
To select the categories, click the '...' and open the chooser- the icon to the left of the green plus icon - and select all of the categories (including the parent category if applicable) that you want to include as a part of the promotion.
There is a lot that you can do in terms of promotions based on the items residing in the customer's shopping cart If you need help applying these concepts to a different type of promotional rule, please comment on this article and we will assist.