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BigCommerce Import Tips and Tweaks

BigCommerce Import Tips and Tweaks

BigCommerce shopping cart has gradually become one of the most popular e-Commerce solutions for merchants nowadays. Why? Basically, there are a few reasons. Firstly, this cart is very easy-to-use, reliable and well-supported. Some store owners think that it is very difficult to manage BigCommerce, but this store has a “Getting Started Wizard”, so you can operate your BigCommerce shop easily. Also, there are a few step-by-step videos that will be useful in case you’re stuck or encounter problems.

Another reason of BigCommerce success is a bunch of useful features that attract store owners.
This shopping cart gives a possibility to sell your products on eBay, Amazon and Facebook. From the administration panel you can control all your eBay operations. Also, you can create a Product tab on your Facebook Fan Page and people will be able to see all your listed products and click through them.
Customization of BigCommerce shopping cart is quite easy. There are nearly 100 store designs, so you can create a great and unique store. Just use your imagination. BigCommerce has a high-quality support team. You can contact them via e-mail or just call them. They will solve your problem in a few minutes. The only disadvantage is that you are not able to call them on Sundays. BigCommerce has multiple data centers that keep things stable, and merchants can read more details via various white papers on their network, security, and data centers.

As for the import to BigCommerce, you must know that it is a quick and easy process if you have a few products to transfer. But what do you have to do if you have thousands of products? It may still take some time, but there are some tricks that you can do to speed up the transferring process.

File2Cart will make your BigCommerce import easier and faster. Still, here are a couple of tips on successful .csv import to BigCommerce.

Tip 1. Check the file structure
There are several required fields for any BigCommerce products import:
  • Product Name
  • Product Category
  • Product Height
  • Product Price
  • Product Width
  • Product Weight
  • Product Depth

Try not to ignore these fields to lower your chances of getting an error during the import process.
For example, if you're using a spreadsheet program to make changes to only a few products, you don't need to upload every single product in your store. If you edit a .csv file from an export, create a custom view to export instead of your entire catalog.

Tip 2. Update the changing fields
If you only want to change the price of your products, just upload a .csv file that specifies product name and the price. You don't need to re-upload description, SKU, etc. Make a new export template (Tools > Export Templates) that exports only the data you want to modify.

Tip 3. Change the column header names
When importing, BigCommerce tries to match up the fields in the .csv file with its product database fields. If you don't want to manually map these every time, change the column headings in the spreadsheet. For example, use "Product Name" instead of just "Name". If you have to troubleshoot a .csv file, it will save you a huge amount of time.

Tip 4. Avoid breaking up your data
Try to import your data in one .csv file. Sometimes by breaking up your data you can meet some difficulties, including data losses. File2Cart allows you to import data in big quantities, so don’t worry about the number of products in your file.

Tip 5. Fill all the default values
All the default values are required. If you miss one, there is a chance that all these rows will be automatically skipped. And the information won’t be imported successfully.

So, these are the tricks! Register an account to start your BigCommerce import right now!

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