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5 Tips on Easy Magento Import

Actually, Magento import isn’t a very difficult thing to do. But it contains some nuances that can sometimes become the serious obstacles. It is quite important to be aware of all the details of transferring your data. So, if you don’t really know how to move your data to your Magento store, this article will be a secret weapon to understand the process of import to Magento. It will definitely help both a beginner and a regular user.

  1. To import products Magento offers a built-in option. It can be found at Administration Panel > System > Import/Export > Import. Using this option you can import data right from your computer to your store. Let’s consider it a little bit closer to understand what exactly you can do using it.

    • You can choose entities you want to import in Entity Type field. Magento allows to move either Products or Customers.
    • As for the ways of import, Magento offers three possible options: add new, update or delete existing data.
    • The file type Magento allows to use for import is only CSV. It doesn’t work with XML, TXT and Excel files.

  2. Magento CSV Requirements. There are no special requirements to a CSV file for Magento import.By default comma is a separator, in comparison to, for instance, VitrueMart, where the separator should be semicolon. One more requirement is that your data file should have UTF-8 encoding. It is generally required by all shopping carts, so that to identify everything right.
  3. Usually, the CSV file that is sent by a supplier has UTF-8 encoding, so there is no need to change it. But if you have a file and you don’t know whether it is properly encoded or you make the file manually, it’s easy to make it UTF-8. You can use a CSV editor. Let’s see how it is done, for example, in OpenOffice Calc. You need to open your CSV then File > Save As > choose .csv > Save. In opened window press Keep Current Format > choose Unicode (UTF-8) > OK. Your CSV is ready to be imported to Magento.
  4. If you have a data file in TXT, XML or XLS format, that nowadays are very popular, you also have the way out. You can convert your TXT or XML into CSV. Be very attentive, because doing this can cause the loss of data. Or import data right from the existing file choosing the corresponding File2Cart option.
  5. If you want to import products to Magento along with product images you can use built-in Import/Export tool. But, it gets more difficult if you have some categories and manufacturers to be imported. Magento offers the manual management of categories, i.e. you can add, edit or delete categories by yourself. Of course, it will take a lot of time to do necessary work. To import manufacturers, in turn, you will need to write a PHP script that should be added to your store directory. If you need to save time and do everything fast, you can use File2Cart. It will import manufacturers and categories in a couple of minutes.
  6. So, now all small details are revealed and you can begin the trouble-free import of your data to your Magento store. As they say, forewarned is forearmed!

    More about Magento import with File2Cart.

    Using File2Cart you can easily import your CSV, XML and TXT files to your Magento store. All you need to start the import is to register, provide your store details and download the connection bridge. Then selects entities to be imported, match necessary fields and begin moving your data. Everything is as simple as 123! Go on and try File2Cart Magento import!

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Cart2Cart  I’d recommend the service to people who really value their time. Because File2Cart saved me LOTS of time and efforts doing the import for me. The highest speed that I ever saw. Cart2Cart
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Cart2Cart  Seriously, this service saved me 100s of hours of work. I had over 1200 skus and they moved it over in a day. All the images, all the descriptions, categories... everything in tact. If you are on the fence about their ...  Cart2Cart
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