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How to Upload Data Automatically with Automated Product Import Addon

VirtueMart data import takes prominent position among store content management instruments, as it’s the fastest and most productive way of store database updating and enriching. Definitely, it’s indispensable when VirtueMart goods variety is being constantly increased and business circle is expanded.

Undoubtedly, VirtueMart store owners long for optimizing and enhancing VirtueMart import products tool functionality, what can be done by process automating. Just imagine the situation - you do not need to configure import settings each time and watch over VirtueMart data import course. Moreover, performing mechanized VirtueMart import to database, you lower the risk of data import mishaps occurring.

How can VirtueMart cron import be set up? What are the most common ways of mechanized info import to database? It can be done by means of scripts, if you are technically competent. Hire a developer or, as a variant, resort to web services if you are ready to spend additional costs. There is also possibility to shift VirtueMart data import to Store Manager for VirtueMart and its addon called Automated Product Import.

Via Automated Product Import instrument you can create scheduled task, making VirtueMart import of products completely autonomous. You need to set up VirtueMart data import configuration once and further import procedures will be done in automatic and scheduled way.

Automated Product Import is built in Store Manager for VirtueMart in demo-mode and is characterized by limited functionality. To unlock its functional capabilities you need to order addon full version and use license key to register it.

What are main steps of VirtueMart cron import carried out with Store Manager and Automated Product Import?

  1. Having registered and launched the addon you should set up VirtueMart import of products configuration or choose the one if you created it before.
  2. - Indicate import source and name of the file, which will be used for the import process. It’s possible to accomplish product import having URL, FTP link and access details to the file or path to local csv file.

    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
    VirtueMart Automated Data Import

    - Indicate correct values to separate file columns and strings for accurate data parsing. Preview window below demonstrates how data are structured in the file.

    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
    VirtueMart Automated Data Import

    - Properly link columns of csv file to VirtueMart database fields, so that required fields will be updated or new data will be appended properly. Indicate product identification method (ID, SKU, Name)

    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
    VirtueMart Automated Data Import

    - Point out necessary VirtueMart cron import options - appending new products only, modifying already disposed at database items, both operations - add new entities and renew current or add new items without searching for existing ones. Don’t forget to tick “Upload images” box if you are planning to import images.

    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
  3. Create Scheduler Task
  4. Fill required fields in “General Task Settings” form and indicate start time and VirtueMart data import frequency. From now on VirtueMart import will be carried out on the basis of settings specified.

    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
    VirtueMart Automated Data Import
  5. Run manual VirtueMart import of products
  6. In the event if you have to upload data, indicated in the spreadsheet, at this very moment, use “Run import” button, placed at the toolbar.

What are main functions of data import performed with Store Manager for VirtueMart and its addon?

  • timetabled and precise data upload
  • distinct VirtueMart inventory management
  • flawless upload of images straight from vendors
  • cooperation with numerous distributors and ability to synchronize data with them
  • developing customer-oriented VirtueMart store catalog

Automated Product Import addon is characterized by simplicity of usage and ultimate data upload performance. It allows to append products and product related data from both - external and internal sources on conditions you define. VirtueMart cron import has never been so approachable! Rely upon smooth VirtueMart product uploading and updating with Automated Product Import Addon.

By Ira Svedovetska

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