5.1. Import Product Attribute Sets
The Import Product Attribute Sets utility will help you to update and maintain your database.
Be sure to pay careful attention to each wizard's page, when importing product attributes into Magento. Import can be a complicated procedure, and may be destructive if performed incorrectly. Be sure to create a database backup, before beginning importing product attributes into Magento, especially if being done for the first time.
To begin importing Product Attribute Sets, click [Import/Export], which will start the Import/Export Wizard.
The Product Attribute Sets Import/Export Wizard is similar in operation to the Categories and Products Import/Export Wizard.
- Begin with creating a properly formatted .csv file. Make sure it contains all the necessary fields and data to be imported.
- Select [Import] in the Import/Export Wizard, and click [Next >], to continue.
3. Specify the .csv file to import, or select the browse button [...], and specify your source file.
4. Next, select File Charset, to set up the correct coding for your .csv file.
*You may choose to click [Save Import Settings], for future automatic import of most attributes settings, or load a previously created settings file, for use, at this time.
5. The source file preview shows part of a .csv file, selected for import. There are no options to set, but you should pay careful attention to this page, verifying that the field delimiter and quote character, are accurately specified.
If you view the first line of the example, you'll notice that some words are enclosed in quotes (") and are separated by a semicolon (;) symbol. These are very important to pay attention to, as proper settings will have to be specified on the following page. Usually, it's sufficient to review the first line, and not necessarily the entire file. Also, you may optionally enable, and set the row # from which to begin the import.
6. The "Select Fields Delimiter and Quote Character" page contains a number of very important settings. If you specify incorrect field values here, the Import process may not complete successfully.
The first option allows for the specification of the delimiter character. The most popular delimiters are the comma (,), semicolon (;) and the tab character ( ), however, other symbols may be used, as well.
Note: The .csv file contains data in a row - column format, and a delimiter character is used to separate one column from another. If you specify an incorrect delimiter, the file will not parse properly and the attribute sets will not successfully import.
In the previous example page, the semicolon symbol was used as a delimiter and values were quoted with the double quote (") symbol. Specify the first two settings, as illustrated above.
The Set and Group delimiter is not a native .csv setting and is used only by Store Manager, to separate Attribute Sets and Groups. By default, the pipe character ( | ) is used. An Attribute Group may be assigned to more than one Attribute Set, via the use of a double delimiter ( || ).
Thus far, no Products have yet been imported into your database.
7. The "Preview Import" page illustrates how the .csv file was processed, using the Import Attributes settings specified in the previous step(s). Be sure and verify that all columns, which are to be imported, are properly filled with data, as some of them may be blank, which indicates that the field is empty in the source (.csv) file.
8. The "Import Options" page settings may affect Import results. Please verify your selections carefully, to correctly, and successfully, perform a Magento Attributes Import.
- Add option if an attribute exists serves for updating attributes of MultiSelect or Dropdown types and allows to add options to the already existing options list without substituting them.
- Update Existing attributes. Current option helps to update existing attributes details and replace them with the ones from a file. Leave this field unselected if you do not want to loose your available attributes at the store.
You may save your import configuration to a separate file, or by pressing the appropriate button in the wizard:
There are some conditions which should be taken into account in case discrepancy in shopping carts' versions, i.e. the import file's data with the version of your store which the transferring performs to:
9. The final window of the Import Products Attributes Set Wizard will display any errors that may have occurred during the import process, for review, and, or, correction.
The Import log will reflect any error(s) that may have occurred during the Attributes Import process. While some errors may be ignored, others, such as "Could not find the image: image_name.gif", will have to be fixed, before proceeding.