2012-11-05
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Case Study: PrestaShop Data Import? Up-Tempo Procedure!

PrestaShop data import is a vehicle for enabling e-store growth and thriving outcomes. That’s why successful PrestaShop import from file course and results are uppermost for experienced online merchants as well as newbies.

PrestaShop is a mighty shopping cart, which endows online entrepreneurs with a variety of tools necessary for building full-featured online shop. But very often store owners face difficulties and obstacles while accomplishing PrestaShop data import and look for some helpful pieces of advice.

Recently we helped the client, offering key solution, which, as was expected, cleared things up. This case study illustrates good practice and proves that we try for all – we are worth to help our clients.

Topic

PrestaShop import of products, images and categories.

Purpose

Having analyzed the situation and taking into consideration all the possible failure reasons to provide PrestaShop user with optimal way out, so that PrestaShop import products from .csv will be performed on the high-standard level.

Problem

“Here is my dilemma.

I was trying to import spreadsheet of about 1000 products and their images to my PrestaShop store. If I import just one product it works fine, however whole file import takes ages. The first time when I tried the process froze and stopped at line 370.

I have imported all the entities after long hours, it gave me no errors, and said it was successful. But… when I go to the actual product list, the products are not there.

Moreover, I need to import my products to appropriate categories and subcategories. My import fails and I need help.

Thank you in advance.”

Resolution

PrestaShop import products from .csv is a significant part of win-to-win PrestaShop store management system, so that it should be performed accurately and well-timed. To make the process of PrestaShop import from file more flexible and approachable you can rely upon Store Manager for PrestaShop desktop application. This all-in-one solution will help you to sort out the situation

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We will try to provide you with full scope of actions you need to do to succeed in PrestaShop data import.

First of all you need to check your .csv file in any text editor like notepad or notepad++, find line 370 and check what symbol is blocking your products to be imported. In most cases a linebreak or some special character is preventing products from being imported. Once localized, you will be able to resolve the problem with some replacement rules.

Once your fine is ready to do you need to make few more actions to achieve the results:

Action 1

PrestaShop import products from .csv results depend greatly on how data are organized in .csv file. Maybe your .csv file does not contain columns which are responsible for products representation at front end or inappropriate values are indicated in these columns. For example, if you have value 0 in the “Status” column of certain products or do not have such column at all, your products won’t be seen at frontend.

With Store Manager the update of your store contend is much more convenient, as the application do not have strict requirements to information in imported file: only product characteristics which needed updating and identification method (e.g. reference) should be indicated. In case you are missing of some data .or need to add values to some columns, then if you have great amounts of products to import, most likely you won’t be sitting and changing values manually. With Store Manager for PrestaShop you can use Expression rule and change or add missing information on the fly.

 

 

Action 2

With Store Manager for PrestaShop you can import local as well as remote images. To import local images you have to indicate image names in the appropriate column of .csv file. Moreover, you can add several images to one product, separating them by comma. If you need to import remote images in the process of PrestaShop data import indicate images URL in the file.

 

 

Action 3

To place products in appropriate categories and subcategories with Store Manager for PrestaShop is not a task beyond one’s strength. There should be a column in the .csv file where you have to indicate products category path. For example, if you have category “Home” and subcategory “iPods” and you need to place the products in both, you have to indicate this image path – Home|iPods||Home, where pipe symbol (|) serves as separator of parent category and subcategory and double delimiter separates different categories (in case you are planning to assign product to more than one category).

 

 

Store Manager is a paid solution, but you can check its possibilities without paying as there is a free trial version available for 30 days. Visit http://www.prestashopmanager.com and find detailed information on its functionality.

Outcomes

Our client sent us testimonial with warm thanks for our help. This solution helped him to sort things out. Here it is.

 

“Many thanks for your help! This software really functions excellent and improves my matters with data updating. I could not imagine that products import can be performed within so short time.

The process does not freeze and is being accomplished smoothly.

I’d like to advise Store Manager for PrestaShop every PrestaShop store owner. Smart tool!”

 

We put clients’ needs at the first place. Our goal is to widen PrestaShop store running possibilities, taking into consideration your requirements and needs. Entrust your e-store development to Store Manager application!

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