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How to Make Your XML and CS-Cart Compatible?

What file format is better to choose to import data to online store? In most cases you’re not given any options, moreover you are restricted by your shopping cart’s functionality and your suppliers’ way of sending data. What is interesting, is that store owners usually get XML from their suppliers, though CSV format is much more widely spread if you talk about import possibilities of most shopping carts. Suppliers’ choice is totally justified: nice functionality, simplicity of use and much more advantages obviously can win anyone’s heart.

Are you still asking yourself why your suppliers use XML and how you can import it to your CS-Cart fast and easily? Let’s try to reveal the secrets of XML popularity and the ways of its import to your CS-Cart.

What is XML and why to use it?

Actually, XML is used in many spheres of computer technologies and eCommerce is one of them. Thousands or even millions of such files are sent everyday by suppliers and received by store owners. The reasons for this must be:

XML is easily understandable, at that both to human and machine. This feature gives a tremendous impetus to eCommerce and Internet as a whole.

Be sure you will not be confused as XML has a flexible structure. You can effortlessly define one that is good for you. Implicit structure can be easily made explicit.

XML is really independent file format. It functions regardless to the platform, network, application, vendor and system.

The list of its beneficial features goes on and on. The great variety of these technical advantages makes it simple and convenient to use. But, what about import? Let’s analyze the situation and consider what way is the most appropriate for CS-Cart XML import.

XML import to CS-Cart

When the data file is sent by the supplier, all you need to do is just to import XML to CS-Cart. So, to import the received data file you need to find an import tool. Surely, if you know how to connect the database to your store manually, using different codes in PHP, MySQL, etc. you can do it on your own. If not, addons usually come in handy.

Unfortunately an export/import option in administration panel supports only CSV. There is also no module that would cover this gap. So, the only possible option would be to waste long hours on converting data and afterwards importing it to the store database. Or, maybe, there is some easier way?

You still can do it!

As CS-Cart XML import can not be performed by CS-Cart itself, you can use File2Cart to do it. The 6-step procedure to start Free Demo Import is very easy.

Go through a simple registration. You can also log in with your existing Google or Facebook account.
Fill in your Cart type, name and URL. Then to connect your store with the server download Connection Bridge. To find more info and a video tutorial visit this page.
Select the entities you want to import and upload your XML file (CSV and TXT are also supported). What is left to do, is to match your XML and service fields.
Just before the start the service checks whether your data is alright and only after that the import begins.
The rest is done automatically. While Fill Import you can even close your browser or trace the progress bar of your import.
Check the results and enjoy them! The information about all imported entities will be given right after import is finished.

Before doing it you can calculate the price of the import using Data Import Estimator. Want the XML to CS-Cart import to be done for you? Request Data Import Assistance and enjoy simple XML import to your CS-Cart.

Enhance your business, simplify your life. Register and import products right from your XML to CS-Cart fast and easily!

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Cart2Cart  I guess it is one of the best ways to import products. i tried different options but nothing worked as good as File2Cart. The service is fast and accurate at the same time.prevented me of much products. And the costs ...  Cart2Cart
Date Written: 02 May 2012
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