After a number of posts from an article I wrote over a year ago I can see that a lot of people have an interest on importing into WP e-Commerce, an ecommerce plugin for WordPress that has well over 2,000,000 downloads today. When I originally wrote about importing products into WP-Ecommerce I included a CSV file to help people looking to import into this plugin. Since then I’ve tested and just updated this for use with the latest version of WP-Ecommerce (126.96.36.199) running WordPress 3.5. Feel free to download the CSV import file here!
Let’s shift our focus from the core functionality of importing into WP-Ecommerce and look at a plugin that you can add to your WordPress site and use for importing into WP-Ecommerce.
Product Importer Deluxe for WP E-commerce
Michael Visser of Visser labs produced a plugin that gives you more control over importing into WP e-Commerce called “Product Importer Deluxe”. This plugin is like a CSV file on steroids because it lets you do a number of things from merging product changes in a CSV file with existing products to supporting use with third party plugins like All In One SEO, Advanced Google Product Feeds, SEO Ultimate and more. There are a number of fields that you can import based on including….
- Product name
- Additional description
- Sale price (Special price)
- Additional Currencies
- Weight unit
- Width unit
- Length unit
- Height unit
- Categories (with hierarchy support up to 4 levels deep)
- Image (with automatic thumbnail generation)
- Quantity (Quantity limited option)
- File downloads (electronic download)
- External link
- External link text
- External link target
- Taxable amount
- Disregard tax for this Product (Not taxable)
- Add personalization (engraving)
- Add image
- Local shipping Fee
- International shipping Fee
- Disregard shipping for this Product (No shipping)
- Merchant notes
- Table Rate Price
- Product Status
- Comment Status
The bare minimum that you need to import for every product however are the following fields…
- Product Name
Once you get past the $95 per site cost of this plugin using it is quite user friendly allowing you to do things like re-import based on past imports, Assign images to products, and map columns on a CSV import to fields on products in WP e-Commerce. Here are a few screenshots below.
If you are looking for a plugin to do the heavy lifting of managing products on your WP e-Commerce store then the Product Importer Deluxe Plugin will help you accomplish a lot of tasks around importing.