Ever since I first installed and configured WP E-commerce I’ve really liked the usability that it offers its users. This plugin uses CSV (Comma Separated Value) files to help you import product related information in a way that makes it quicker and easier to create ecommerce website product catalogues. I wanted to show you just how easy it is to import product information when you use this plugin for managing your ecommerce website so let’s have a look at how you can do this.
Step 1: Create a CSV file with columns for the following fields…
Description, Additional Description, Product Name, Price, SKU, weight, weight unit, stock quantity, is limited quantity
Step 2: After you’ve added the product information that you want to bring into your WP E-commerce based store go to the “Settings” section on the left side navigation, select the “Store” link (which is the link to your WP E-commerce store and click on the “Import” option which will show a browse button that you can use to find the CSV file for importing.
Step 3: The next thing you will need to do is to select if you want the products that are created during the import to be marked as “Publish” or “Draft”. As a best practice, mark these products as “Draft” so that you can review them first before publishing them live to your ecommerce website. See the screenshot below as a reference as to the field I am talking about
Step 4: The next thing you will need to do is map the fields similar to the way that you see below…
Step 5: Click the import button and select the category you want the products to appear in. Now if you’ve got a number of products in different categories you may want to do an import for the products in each category to get around the fact that you can only select one category per CSV import
Step 6: Go to your products and you will see these products you’ve created in there with the status as “Draft”.
The import option for WP E-commerce is very useful but some of the limitations regarding performing imports and the fact that you cannot include product pictures in the CSV file import may put you off of using this functionality offered by the WP E-commerce plugin but if you can get around this you can save yourself a lot of time and effort when it comes to adding products to your ecommerce website.