One of the hardest missions when running an eCommerce site is to maintain your catalog, there are many things that you have change frequently and things you want to improve such as product descriptions, products, images, variations, stock status, prices and much more. Changing your catalog can be a tedious work that takes a lot of time, resources, and energy, especially when you maintain more than one store or large catalogs. To help you save your time in doing those works, today I’ll introduce you WooCommerce Product CSV Import Suite which gives you a fast and easy store catalog updates.
This extension makes your life easier, you can Import and export both products and variations into a CSV file, make your changes in bulk and upload the file, and that are it! Everything is taken care of at once!
What is Product CSV Import Suite?
The Product CSV Import Suite WooCommerce extension lets you import and export products to and from WooCommerce. You can import hundreds, even thousands, of products using one file. Mass import hundreds, even thousands of Products into your WooCommerce store with the CSV Import suite. CSV Import suite lets you import all types of products, even product variations!
This user-friendly importer, with clear step-by-step instructions, helps you import Categories, Tags, Products and other Product details into WooCommerce. CSV Import suite supports:
- Importing text based product data – prices, descriptions, images etc
- Import custom fields (meta), taxonomies, attributes and more
- Importing product variations
- Merging products – useful for adding more information to existing products
- Exporting products and variations – the exported CSV is even re-importable!
The Product CSV Import Suite WooCommerce extension lets you import and export products to and from WooCommerce. You can import hundreds, even thousands, of products using one file.
To import your products you’ll need to create a CSV file. CSV stands for Comma-Separated Values. It’s a plain text form of tabular data. That means you create your data as a table in a spreadsheet program, such as Numbers, Excel, or Google Spreadsheets, save it as a CSV, and you have a text file with all of your data that is in a simple format for import.
How does the Product CSV Import Suite extension work?
The plugin takes your CSV and maps the columns to the fields that you would normally complete through the WordPress Admin Screens. So, for example, the post_title column is mapped to your product name, which uses the post title field; the price field is mapped to the price you set for your product. For the plugin to work correctly, all of the column headers must be correct, and all of the fields you fill in must be in the correct format. If there are any deviations your import may fail.
Here, users have a number of export options:
- Limit: set the maximum number of products that you wish to export.
- Offset: the product row number at which you wish to start the export.
- Columns: allows you to choose which CSV columns you’d like to export.
What are Pros and Cons of using Product CSV Import Suite Extension?
It saves time on catalog management, works with almost any fields and creates feeds for other services.
Furthermore, from version 1.0.3 the WordPress SEO by Yoast meta fields were added!
There is no way to create feed templates for export (i.e create and save different feed formats by service: SEO maintenance exports, Amazon export, etc), Another highly desired feature is the option to schedule the feed (and feed templates) to run on a regular basis and ftp or upload to DropBox the feed file..
Overall, if you run a store on WordPress WooCommerce, do not hesitate, purchase this extension, play with it a bit, export your catalog, see how the data looks in the file, change some data in the file and upload, now check your products to see the changes and let me know what you think. Do you have a tip about managing catalogs in WooCommerce or for using the Product CSV Import Suite? Need help with this extension setup? Leave a comment below and let us know!