Groupon Clone – How to Build a Site Like Groupon With WordPress

by Elaine on January 5, 2011

Groupon CloneWordpress Daily Deals by Templatic

 

Group discounts are the best way to save money and Groupon has captured that niche.  It has become the hottest startup website.  If you want to build your own group discounts site like Goupon or a site like LivingSocial.com, you can easily build one with Wordpres.   Start your own group buying website showing a deal a day.  With Wordpress there is no need to buy expensive Groupon clone scripts.  WordPress software and platform is free.  Install WordPress and get this WordPress Groupon TemplateDaily DealsClick here for more details about this template.

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Features of the Daily Deal Groupon Template:

  • Show live deals, expired deals and all deals
  • Buyer/Seller Dashboard to submit, deactivate, activate, delete or modify their own deals
  • Admin can accept, reject or feature a deal on the homepage
  • User dashboard to view deals, ma
  • reCAPTCHA enhanced security.
  • Complete moderation of deals.
  • Full featured notification emails to buyers, sellers and admins.
  • Transactional reports.
  • Featured deals on homepage + Category-wise deal widget.
  • 7 different payment gateway options
  • One Click – Auto install of the theme.
  • Five detailed color schemes
  • Localization support.
  • PSD File included with developer license
  • Multi level drop down menu
  • Custom page templates
  • Custom built, dynamic widgets that you can use multiple times.
  • Standard WordPress Blog & Pages
  • Gravatar Support & Threaded Comments
  • Built-in Ad Monetization
  • Widget Ready with custom widgets
  • Valid, Cross browser compatible

This is the best Wordpress Theme you can find for a Daily Deals website.  Daily Deal is a complete theme with built in functionality for submitting, displaying and buying deals.  Save time, money and hassle, create your daily deals website easily with this Wordpress Theme.

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Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and WordPress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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tom January 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Can anyone make this groupon clone here?

I’m interested – but broke.

Any ideas?

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Enzolina January 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hi Tom,

Are you having problems creating the Groupon site with Joomla? Let me know what errors you are getting and perhaps I can help.

Thanks,
Elaine

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Groupon Clone January 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

Helpful blog! Using Groupon template to create goupon site and features is really good information. Nice share, go head with this…

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Meg January 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

Hi there,
How much customisation is possible with this template? Such as changing colours, fonts, size of components on the page, adding links to facebook/twitter, a map of the deal location, etc.
Thanks for such informative info so far!
Cheers

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elaine January 31, 2011 at 12:27 am

Hi Meg,
I checked and there are 2 different color templates available. Once you install the template there is be a css file you can modify to change the theme colors other than the colors provided. If you want to change the font and font size there is a Groupon Template style switcher you can check out on their site here. Size of the components I believe is fixed. You can add links to social networking sites as well such as facebook, twitter, stumbleUpon etc – you can see example of that here.
Hope that helps,
Elaine

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Megan January 31, 2011 at 1:03 am

Awesome! Many thanks for your replies Elaine!
Meg :-)

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Greg February 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Hi,

I am new to Joomla and installing/using templates. I was able to get Joomla and the template installed. However I can’t figure out how to get the site to look like the examples. Do you have any insight as to where I can go to learn how to setup the menus for the cities, add deals, google maps etc.

Many thanks
Greg

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elaine February 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Hi Greg,

Did you purchase the Deal Plazza from TemplatePlazza? If so, there is a Groupon Template support forum you can read or post up on here. If you want (and trust me) I can take a quick look at it. You can send me your site details to my email address – me at enzolina dot com.

Elaine

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Greg February 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi Elaine,

I did buy it from TemplatePlazza, unfortunately the forums are not that robust. I am slowly figuring this out, I think its just a matter of research, try, research again and so on. I would certainly send you the site but I have it locally hosted and don’t know how I would get it to you.

Many thanks
Greg

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Enzolina February 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Hi Greg,

Yah, once you get it uploaded to a web hosting I can take a look at it. If there is a specific question you have about Joomla and your Groupon template, please let me know.

You can also check out Joomla.org forums if you need additional help.

Elaine

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Marek February 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Looks nice,
can business partners’ employees login and edit deals from their company? Or only admin can add, edit, delete ,… deals and vouchers?
Thanks

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elaine February 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Hi Marek,

This theme does not allows business partners or other companies to login to add/manage their own coupons or deals. If you are looking for that feature, I would recommend using Wordpress CouponPress theme from PremiumPress, see my post here. It has a very extensive backend and other business partners can login and manage their own coupons or deals, you can sell advertising spots, set listing prices, view monthly sales charts and much more features. This Wordpress theme will basically make your website look like Savings.com.

Hope that helps,
Elaine

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Mina February 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Is there anything good for the WordPress CMS ?

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Enzolina February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

Hi Mina,
I haven’t found a Groupon Premium Wordpress theme yet. Believe me I’m searching everyday. I’m waiting for a good one to come out too. I will post the Wordpress theme up for sure when I find it.
Thanks for your visit, :)
Elaine

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Mina March 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

If you find anything let us know about it, that would be awesome. :)

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Reza March 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Hi,
I would like to create a website like socialliving.com or wow.com or groupon.com
and i do not have any programming background. I read your comments and I just wonder if I pay one of the Silver, Gold, Developer membership in the templateplazza.com can i create mysite.
If you dont mind please let me know the steps I should take to create my site.(I am student that is why I want to take a safe step)
Thank you so much…

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Enzolina March 4, 2011 at 5:46 am

Hi Reza, you can purchase the Silver membership that includes 4 months of unlimited support and to download the deal plaza template. After you purchase a web hosting you can upload the file to your account, unzip and install the quick version. You can read up on the post I created on the cost to create a Groupon site here. I can also post an article about quick installs later when I return from my trip. Hope that will help you too.
Hope that answers your question,
Elaine

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D March 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Can You build the script for me on my hosting domain

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Enzolina March 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

Hi D,

Uploading and installing the Deals Plazza template from TemplatePlazza to your webhosting is really simple. If you have problems contact the TemplatePlazza support team and they will provide you will instructions on how to do it. If you ask me to do it for you, I will charge a fee. So the best (and cheapest) way, once you purchase the template is to contact their support team. Their support is completely free.

Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Joe March 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

Hi

Does this template provided by templateplazza.com as Groupon clone
has THREE admin sections
1- for customer
2- for companies to post their listing
3- for admin section for site administrator

if no can this be done, or would it require PHP programming to do it and if this is the case
Would Dreamweaver be sufficient to do so

Thank you

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Elaine March 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Hi Joe,
Please refer to the TemplatePlazza support forum – there is a pre-sales forum that can help you answer those questions. Sorry I am not able to help you further with their template.
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine

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Marcel April 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Hi folks,
I’m looking into Deal Plazza. Overhere in the Netherlands for online business credit card payments and PayPal are not very popular. The most common used and popular payment method in the Netherlands is ‘iDEAL’. It is more or less a ‘bank transfer’ method where the transfer slip is pre filled by the webshop (payment amount, order info, bank account seller).
Is there anyone who is familar with the issue whether you can implement other payment methods to Deal Plazza instead of PayPal?
Or is Deal Plazza functionality depending PayPal functionality / integration?

Kind regards and many thnx for helping me out.

Marcel

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Elaine April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Hi Marcel, That’s a tough question. You will have to contact TemplatePlazza. There is a forum for pre-sales so you can ask questions before you actually buy. Sorry to be deferring you to them, but they can probably answer your questions much better than I.
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine.

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Elaine April 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

Hi Marcel,
I was looking through the Joomla 1.5 extensions and found the cciDeal extension. You can install the iDeal extension for Virtuemart to accept payments in the Netherlands. You can find this extension in the Joomla.org extensions directory.
Thanks,
elaine

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Joe March 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Thank you for your reply. I will try to ask the same question there.

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Alfredo March 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Hi Elaine

Did you post an article about quick installs dealplazza ?
I bought the templateplazza silver membership but i don’t know how to install/upload the template.
Please help me
Alfredo

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Elaine March 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Hi Alfredo,

I believe the Deals Plazza is compatible for Joomla 1.5, so you need to delete your current Joomla installation and install Joomla 1.5 instead of Joomla 1.6. Afterwards you can use the post here to help you install your Joomla 1.5 template. Then you will need to activate your Joomla 1.5 template – see the post here.

Thanks for your visit and let me know if you need any additional help,
Elaine

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Alfredo April 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hi Elaine
I followed yours instructions with the deals plazza quickstart template and didnt work, then i do same with deals plazza and you can see that something is wrong.
Please helpme
Alfredo

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Elaine April 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hi Alfredo,
Did you follow all the deals plazza setup documentation already? If so, and you need more help – you will need to contact TemplatePlazza support forum for more help about the template.

Their support doc is here:
http://demo.templateplazza.net/deals_plazza/todays-dealk2-demo/documentationsspecific-template-related-instructions

Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Alfredo April 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Elaine
How much you charge me for install my dealsplazza template
Thanks

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Loi April 6, 2011 at 3:24 am

Hi Elaine,
Should I use hosting domain or VPS to build up my site? My site intends to serve around 3.000 to 5.000 visitors a day. Which one is easier to administrate and maintenance?
Please help me
Loi

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Elaine April 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Hi Loi, I have never used VPS so I cannot comment on whether which one is better. I do prefer Fatcow.com they are extremely easy to use. They have small business package which reliable. On top of that you have unlimited bandwidth, storage, email and 24×7 support with a money back guarantee. I think all these offers combined make Fatcow.com a pretty reliable webhosting provider. If you don’t live in the states/canada, you can also look into Godaddy webhosting services.
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine

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Sergiu April 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Hello!
Can I translate this template in another language?
The modules is included in template or I have to buy them separate?

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Elaine April 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Hi Sergui,
If you need DealsPlazza template support you will have to contact the TemplatePlazza support team. They have a support forum for pre-sales. They have expert there that will answer your questions.
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine

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Mariana April 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

Good morning, I need your help.. I have the temmplate deals plazza. this link shows a customization of template deals plazza (is a brazilian website): if you compare with demo deals plazza… you see the word “Comprar” in small font… that’s what I need to know. and I would like to ask how to change the word font of ‘Buy’ and ‘$ 15 ‘ smaller than it is, because the original template have a big font and I can not change, just twisting everything … I found the code and got change the words Buy, discount, you save to portuguese but the font size is doing my template break… the translate of Buy is Comprar and is a bigger word, I’ve tried a lot of things and didnt get it…
and also how I can change the money, here in Brazil is R$ and not $.

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Elaine April 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hi Mariana,
Wow, your deals site looks really cool. If you need deals plazza template help you will need to contact the TemplatePlazza support team. They can better answer your questions.
Great job btw.
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine

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david April 21, 2011 at 6:03 am

Hello,

I have few questions before I purchase the hosting website and the template.

1) When you goto Groupon.com, it asks for your email address before you get to look at the deals. Is this possible?

2) And are people able to register and make their own account and look at their payment history, and deals bought, etc?

3) Is it possible to give these customers points for purchasing deals?

2) Can I add korean to the website?

3) May I add live chat?

4) Can the business owners (ex: restaurants) log in to edit their ad?

5) Can I edit the feel of the template?

6) Do I control everything from fatcow.com?

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Elaine April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

Hi David,
For template support, you will have to contact TemplatePlazza support team. They have a support forum for pre-sales questions. They will be able to answer your questions. As to the Fatcow question, you would install Joomla 1.5 in your web hosting and then use your Joomla installation to control your website.
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine

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David April 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

I forgot to ask,

What does the consumers take to the restaurants to prove they purchased the coupon through me? Is their a real validation for that where it is impossible to duplicate?

Thanks!

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Elaine April 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

Hi David, Same for this question. Please address them to on the TemplatePlazza support forum. They will be able to answer your questions.

Thanks,
Elaine

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Carlos May 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Hello. I am interested in purchasing this template
but I need to know if you have Spanish language

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Elaine May 11, 2011 at 2:48 am

Hi Carlos,
Please contact the TemplatePlazza support team or ask a question in their support forum if you need detail information about the template.
They will best answer your question.
Thanks,
Elaine

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Kenny July 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hi Elaine,

Such great information you have here. Thanks.
I have a simple question here. Which one is best to build a site like groupon? Wordpress or Joomla or Drupal?

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Kenny August 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

Does anyone know if there is any Live Sites using the Deal Plazza template from TP?
We sre still try to figure out if that template really works for group buying site…

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David September 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

Hi All,

I was wondering if I could configure the top menu (Search US bij state/ Select your city) with this template.
Now it is a dropdown-menu. How can I do this? Looking forward to here from you. Thanks!
David.

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Elaine October 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Hi David,
You will have to contact the theme provider to ask theme specific questions. They have a pre-sale forum where you can ask questions and experts can better answer your questions.
Thanks for your visit!
elaine

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Miles Miguel September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Hi Elaine,
I am just wondering, is templatic website different from deals plazza? Sorry, i’m just a newbie.

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Elaine September 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Miles,
Templatic site is different form Dealsplazza.
Dealsplazza is a Joomla 1.5 template by TemplatePlazza. I don’t recommend that though. From what I’ve heard the service is not that great.
Templatic provides all Wordpress Themes.
Thanks,
Elaine

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Miles Miguel September 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Elaine,
Thanks for the info. I’m thinking about purchasing a template from either the templatic site or groupdealsplugin.com. Do I still need to install joomla for wordpress?

Sincerely,
Miles

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Joe October 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hi Elaine,

Hope you are well.

We are looking for consultant to advise us on best (such as groupon, etc…)daily deal site script, software, template. Our concept will be slightly different so customization is possible.

Could you plz point us to the right direction?

thanks,
Joe

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Tess Robinson January 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

I love this theme and am trying to set up a Groupon clone site for local businesses. My problem is that I can’t change the tagline (where it says: “People would normally want to add a SEO / copy here.
And it will go with a nice tagline, subtitle or whatever. Just below the main copy.”) On Templatic site it says it’s in the theme options SEO section but I’ve changed that with no change to the site. I’ve just spent hours searching for the answer and going through the theme’s files.
Any help much appreciated.

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Elaine January 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hi Tess,
Templatic uses Widgets extensively to manage the template design and content. You can change the title and subtitle by going to

‘Widgets’, ‘Homepage Intro’

Then you can expand the text box that says “People would normally want to add a SEO / copy here.”.

You can change the text box title to whatever you want. Inside the text box is where you can find the subtext
“And it will go with a nice tagline, subtitle or whatever. Just below the main copy”

Hope that helps. I can create a post for you if you are still having problems later.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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jakerusty March 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Great blog! The information you provide is relay helpful.I have applied it on my blog which in turn provided amazing results.nice collection

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Chris May 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Elaine,

Have you tested the templatic product with physical products yet? I run several daily deal (physical products) sites on another platform that, while easy to use are horrible in regards to SEO, difficult to customize and have only integrated with two affiliate managers. If I could find a wordpress template that would do it all I would be more then happy to buy through your link…

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banh trung thu July 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

nice templaste, oes anyone know if there is any Live Sites using the Deal Plazza template from TP?
We sre still try to figure out if that template really works for group buying site…
banh trung thu

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