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Magento Import: A Few Facts to Blow Your Mind

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Starting online store on Magento you must be very exciting and 100% sure that now with such a powerful platform you will rule eCommerce world. Magento is, for sure, a beast, but when you get into it, you might feel that you definitely do not understand why it is not working like expected. This is especially true when it comes to filling your catalog with goods and maintaining its inventory.

Performing Magento import using default means of upload, you will quickly notice a few facts that you even could not think about before. You should better know them in advance in order not to waste time on investigating and trying to find out what’s wrong and why this or that functionality is not working. Maybe, it is just not included.

Here are a few facts you might be amazed to find out. Be sure you are well-informed, before inconveniences they bring will blow your mind.

Just Exported File Doesn’t Work for Importing Back

When you are creating spreadsheet for introducing of new goods to your store or in case you need to massively change some details of existing products, you usually perform export. However, when you will try to import spreadsheet back with no changes or with minor modifications, in most cases it will return you an error. Absolutely unexpectable, right? But we have, what we have.

All Fields are the Must Even for Update of Minor Details

Let’s take the most often-made update - products quantity. This value is reducing as often as the order is placed. Thus, it needs to be updated from time-to time to avoid stock-outs. You most likely suppose that you can have just column with new values for quantity and product name and these 2 columns will be enough. Unfortunately, no. The things are not so easy. You need to include all obligatory fields. Otherwise, Magento will return you message that file cannot be accepted and column “...” is missing.

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Remote Images Should be Downloaded First to media/import Folder

All images you Magento upload to Magento should be placed to media/import folder at your FTP and in the file there should be indicated image name with slash at the beginning. This makes the synchronization with remote places, like suppliers sites, more tedious and time-consuming.

Lack of Ability to Import Specific Details

Built-in import method also restricts its users in lots of desired by them features, like inability to keep relations between complex goods and upload them with correct associations, import attribute sets with attributes or custom options to simple products.

Not being familiar with things mentioned above, you will be struggling with them, trying to see what you did wrong. Do not let your mind explode from Magento import logics.

If you are lacking of functionality mentioned above, you can also try to import using Store Manager for Magento solution. It widens your Magento upload possibilities by enabling you to import files of basically any structure with no strict requirements. Moreover, it possesses functionality to update only the necessary fields while upload, import local and remote images, attributes and attribute sets, complex goods with associated entities and custom options to simple products.

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By Maria Kvasnytska

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