The Usage of Automated Product Import Addon for Setting Up Scheduled Cron Updates
Automated Product Import addon of Store Manager for Zen Cart allows to set up Zen Cart cron import and update goods at your Zen Cart catalog promptly from your supplier on the regular bases. The procedure does not require special skills or technical knowledge for coding and creating PHP scripts. You have to make settings for Zen Cart import<.strong> only once and further scheduled store updates will be performed automatically.
Lets view how Zen Cart cron import can be set up step-by-step:
Zen Cart cron import settings
Open Automated Product Import tool by selecting the appropriate option in Addons section of Store Manager.
Create Zen Cart import configuration in order to further use it for upcoming clockwork alterations of your Zen Cart catalog. If you already have saved configuration, you can select it from the menu or load the one after you run import wizard.
Select the source you will load the file from. If you use local file, use “Browse” button to select it from the place where it is saved at your computer.
In case you have checked option HTTP URL to the file, then in the available field put the link to the spreadsheet with data.
The option FTP URL to the file allows to upload the file directly from your supplier’s FTP, though you also should input credentials so the application could connect to remote location and download file from there.
After you proceed, you will have to set delimiters which are used to separate rows and information listed in your file. Preview will help you right away see if you indicated correct symbols in order for the file to be parsed properly.
Base formats serve mainly for time and date indications as in Europe and lets say USA and Canada there are different ways to indicate date.
If you have images at your file, you need to tick checkbox to upload them. Moreover, you are able to resize images right during Zen Cart import if necessary.
Choose identification method using which the data will be determined (especially needed for products update). Link rows of your .csv to database field. It is needed to indicate where exactly the software should place the data at your database.
Preview import once again and check for the errors. If there are any, you can fix them before the changes will be implemented.
Select import options on the basis of which you products will be just added or also modified at your database. Save configuration for your future uploads specifying its name. After all the settings are made, you can press “Save” button.
Zen Cart Import Schedule
Important: In order to add scheduled task you should have privileges of administrator.
Further actions require to be the following:
1) Select import configuration from the drop-down.
2) Use “Add current import to the scheduler” option.
3) Select or change task name and configuration and indicate how often the procedure should be taking place - once, each day, week or month along with its start time.
You can be notified via e-mail when the scheduled update of your Zen Cart catalog will be to end if you select appropriate option.
It is possible to see which task were scheduled by you and view history of Zen Cart Import procedures which already took place. You will also be able to see statistics on what products were added, modified or deleted.
Scheduled tasks created are listed in your Windows scheduler. You can call it using Addons -> Show Scheduled Tasks.
You see - there is no super-difficult actions and even newbie without special technical skills can make use of Zen Cart cron import with Store Manager for Zen Cart and Automated Product Import addon.