One of the great new features of Cart Viper 1.1 is the ability to import products directly from CSV data into the store.

From the outset we wanted to create something flexible that works with the data you already have, rather than you have to manually create the CSV file format to match our import routine.
To achieve this we created a flexible system that allows you to import the existing data simply by marking the CSV column headers using the pre-defined column.

CSV Product Import interface

Using this system you can import as many fields or as few as you require, additionally any other columns in CSV which aren't part of the pre-defined columns are simply ignored.
The CSV file should have the column headers as the first row.

A complete list of supported column names are available in the Cart Viper User Manual.

Sample CSV Sample

As well as importing products into the store you can optionally define the images and categories for the products.

Assigning Products to Categories

To assign products to categories simple add a column to the CSV file with a header of “Category”.
This column should then contain the category or categories to assign the product to. Multiple categories should be separated with a “;”.

For each category that the product is to be assigned to you should enter the full path to the category, taking into account the category hierarchy.
So for example if we have a parent category of “xbox” which contains a child category of “Games” then this should be entered as

xbox>Games

The important point to notice is that we use “>” as a separator to defined the category hierarchy.

Assigning Images to Products

Its also possible to define the images for the product. To import images simple add a column header called “Image” then enter the filename of the image.
Multiple images should be separated using “;” e.g.

product001.jpg;product001_alternative.jpg

The final step is to manually copy the images to the correct folder on your server, this will the allow Cart Viper to pickup the images and scale them to the correct size.
The folder is located at /Portals/x/CVStoreImages where x is the portalId of the portal where the store is installed.

Download a sample CSV below

productItem1.csv (2.34 kb)