vendor advertising site – can vendors use a simpler csv ? Resolved
step8601ParticipantJanuary 5, 2016 at 2:35 pmPost count: 69
my site will be a vendor advertising site, there will be no product sales, products displayed will all be simple, nothing complex, no variations (variations would be explained in the product descrip), no downloads, no pricing, no upsells, etc. i’d like to simplify things as much as possible for my vendors
1. must my vendors include all field names in their csv, or can i allow them to use a much simpler version of the csv?
for example, i checked the sample csv mentioned here:
this csv includes all the following fields:
Parent, parent_sku, post_title, post_name, ID, post_excerpt, post_content, post_status, menu_order, post_date, post_parent, post_author, comment_status, sku, downloadable, virtual, visibility, stock, stock_status, backorders, manage_stock, regular_price, sale_price, weight, length, width, height, tax_status, tax_class, upsell_ids, crosssell_ids, featured, sale_price_dates_from, sale_price_dates_to, download_limit, download_expiry, product_version, downloadable_files, download_type, product_url, button_text, images, tax:product_type, tax:product_cat, tax:product_tag, tax:product_shipping_class, tax:dc_vendor_shop, meta:_commission_per_product, meta:_crosssell_skus, meta:_file_paths, meta:_max_price_variation_id, meta:_max_regular_price_variation_id, meta:_max_sale_price_variation_id, meta:_min_price_variation_id, meta:_min_regular_price_variation_id, meta:_min_sale_price_variation_id, meta:_parent_sku, meta:_purchase_note, meta:_sold_individually, meta:_thumbnail_id, meta:_upsell_skus, meta:total_sales, attribute:Color, attribute_data:Color, attribute_default:Color, attribute:pa_color, attribute_data:pa_color, attribute_default:pa_color
however, my vendors need just a reduced, simple csv something like the following (i don’t have the field names below, but you’ll get the idea):
sku, product title, product short description, product long descrip, category(ies), main-img.jpg|img2.gif|img3.png
2. btw, can i use custom field names for the csv? for example, instead of using post_name, could i use Product_Name?
the idea is to simplify things for vendors who might not be very techy
WCMp AdminKeymasterJanuary 6, 2016 at 5:56 amPost count: 2308
I understand that the number of fields that you see in the sample CSV can get confusing for vendors but not all of them are mandatory. So, you can keep them blank. The plugin comes with a word file with the explanation for all fields with a clear mention about the fields that are mandatory for product creation. The sole idea behind inclusion of all fields associated with a product is to make sure that the module is future ready. We do have some enhancements planned for the extension namely:
1. Admin tool to configure the fields that vendors would see.
2. Vendor tool to pick which all products they want to export.
The other idea that you shared- option to rename the field names might not work as then the mapping with WooCommerce product management would be a bit difficult. Still I would check the feasibility of this via a backend settings panel.
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