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VirtueMart XML Import to Database Tips

Data upload to VirtueMart is an important part of successful web shop administrating. When you transfer data en masse you efficiently add or renew abundance of merchandise in one go, maintain product inventory on sufficient level and upload product pictures without a hitch.

VirtueMart import of .xml data is one more means to carry out product appending to represent your customers relevant store content. Store Manager for VirtueMart masters .xml data transfer from the file and turns it to a simple procedure.

Product import is being executed by means of implemented import wizard, encompassing several stages where import settings should be configured.

Pre-Import Tasks

Before you commence on the import process it is recommended to proceed with some preparations. First of all examine the file, products are recorded in and make sure necessary details are included and structured in a suitable manner. On condition that product images await for uploading in the course of VirtueMart import from .xml set up FTP connection in Preferences - FTP.

VirtueMart XML Import Settings

As it has been mentioned above, import settings should be designated within definite steps:

1) Launch Import Wizard

Open the wizard in the way that is the most convenient for you

a) Main menu tab Store -> Import/Export Products

b) Import/Export product option in product context menu

c) Import/Export icon on product toolbar

2) Opt for Import Action

The wizard offers you two actions - data export or import. Respectively, you are supposed to click on Import button to proceed with file upload.

3) File You Will Import From

Now you must provide source and name of the file data will be transferred from. It is also possible to run the import procedure according to formerly designated settings.

4) Convert XML File to CSV

On this step you should indicate conditions on the basis of which .xml file will be converted to .csv, namely main product node and transform mode. Afterwards link input file nodes to appropriate .csv file columns.

5) Data Preview

Product information to be uploaded in the process of VirtueMart import from .xml is available for preview in this window.

6) Set Necessary Import Options

For file to be appended correctly and necessary data modified or added properly, you should configure import options accurately. Choose appropriate import method, provide product identifier indicated in spreadsheet, opt for suitable price import method, custom fields upload options, category identifier. If there is a necessity to manage products not listed in the file, choose between those, offered in this window.

7) Set Fields Association

Indicate to what field at VirtueMart database each of file columns, you import, will refer. Use functions accessible on the toolbar.

After you check information once more on preview step, click on the import button to start VirtueMart import of .xml data process.


Fast and resultative VirtueMart import is profound and radical for effective web business performance. Store Manager for VirtueMart helps to constantly maintain data upload efficiency and accuracy.

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By Ira Svedovetska