Performing Magento import procedure, the doer encounters different opportunities and alternatives. Not seldomly being at the crossroad, the one should select one way, declining the other one. This is how the path which Magento owner follows is building up during the process of Magento bulk import. Here we will describe the most common paths the person takes and where those ways eventually lead.
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Magento Import: Way 1
Performing Magento bulk import and finding the best way to do it, you need to decide if you are ready to do it yourself and have full control over the procedure or entrust it to somebody else and just check the outcomes. If you select the last option, you’ve reached the final... Yeah, so quickly, as from this point somebody else will take care about it for you if you order Magento bulk import as a service. In case you are ready to do it yourself, go further to second stage of the full way.
Magento Import: Way 2
If you continue reading, then supposingly, path 1 was not for you and you would like to be in charge of the process and take active part in it. Further, you have to decide if you are technical enough or at least know where to paste something if necessary. If you have no skills and technical knowledge, check final point of path 1. On condition that you are familiar with the process, proceed with next branch of the way, moving to path 3.
There is no place for miracles, as the procedure won’t be done itself: you either need entrust it to somebody or do it yourself.
Magento Import: Way 3
Next check your file for Magento import. If it is native Magento file with all the data, you can use right away Magento admin import function. However, if you are missing of some rows with information or have file format not supported by Magento itself, you will have update file manually each time you run import. If it takes to much time and is no acceptable for you, use Store Manager for Magento tool that handles Excel, .csv, .txt and .xml file format and has no strict requirements to import file. Even in case there are some missing data for products to be visible at the front-end they can be added on the fly.
Magento Import: Way 4
If you use Magento admin import, but desperately need to upload some information that is not supported by default functionality, like being able to import all product types with relations, custom options, attributes and attribute sets - create custom DataFlow profiles. If you are still not able to implement desirable, check final point of way 3.
Magento Import: Way 5
In case you are stuck in the middle of step 2 and 3 as unable to fulfill your specific requirements, lets say increase prices, skip some products from the file, replace or add some info basing on some rules - and all of it you would like to be done right in the process of import without manual file alterations, check once again the terminal point of the third path.
At any point of any path of the whole way
In case you need assistance at any step of the way, you can check with Magento community and to find the solution there. If you want to have quick answers and get help rapidly, contact support center of Store Manager for Magento.
No matter of what path or general way you take, it should be efficient for you and satisfy all your needs. If you need to improve it, find out how it is possible to extend Magento bulk import possibilities clicking here.