The handling of the products in relation to the OpenCart nodes is bidirectional. It is not only possible to fill the site with the appropriate connector, but also to take the products present on one site and then eventually publish them on another.

The product download may be complete with all data and images, or it may be an update of only some restricted data, such as stock availability.

 

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The execution of the connectors can be activated in interactive mode, by clicking on the appropriate button, or be started automatically by a scheduled procedure.

Product import configuration

The product import configuration can be reached from the menu:

eCommerce >> OpenCart >> Product import

To create a new configuration, select the Add button and fill in the fields as follows:

  • Configuration name: enter the desired name
  • eCommerce platform: select eCommerce OpenCart
  • Web Server for image storage: select a web server from those available. To create a web server node, please consult the appropriate guide.
  • What kind of imports to perform? - select Products to import all the information relating to the products, or Link to the products to transfer only the urls of the products useful for the publication of listings to bindCommerce, for example on Kijiji
  • From which language of the site to download: select the language from which you want to import the products

First you can choose whether the connector should perform:

  • The creation of products in bindCommerce
  • The modification of existing products in bindCommerce

For each of these actions, the following options are available.

Consider that the SKU code is used as the primary identification key to decide whether a new product entry or update is required.

The identification key of the categories used to manage the updates is built by appending the names of the categories in the main language, which will form a field called "keycat", therefore, if a category is renamed or moved in the category tree, it will be identified as a new category (the update will not be done, but a new category will be created in addition to the previous one).

Options for creating new products in bindCommerce

The options related to the creation of the products not present are the following:

  • enter product name, description, notes, dimensions and custom options
  • enter categories
  • enter child products
  • enter product - category matching
  • enter manufacturer
  • insert images
  • enter prices
  • enter stock availability
  • insert category image
  • enter metadata
  • insert featured products

Options for editing existing products in bindCommerce

The options for modifying existing products are as follows:

  • update product name, description, notes, dimensions and custom options
  • update child products
  • delete product - category combination
  • add product - category combination
  • update manufacturer
  • update prices
  • update stock availability
  • update product image
  • update category image
  • update category description
  • update metadata
  • update featured products
  • set the quantity to 0 for products not present in the file
  • mark as deleted and set the quantity to 0 for products not present in the file
  • delete product images NOT set?

Finally, there is an additional premium option that is valid both in creation and in modification of the articles:

  • Convert the relative URLs present in the description into absolute: it can be useful when you want to download products that have images inserted in the body of the description and saved on the database in the form of relative URLs, which would not be visible outside the site.

Alternative choice

Once you have chosen the options to perform, you can decide whether to save the data in an alternative to the product list. It is useful for managing, for example, alternative languages to the main one.

Creation of connector for downloading products from OpenCart

Remember that before creating the connector it is necessary to install the OpenCart node on which the connector will operate. After doing this, go to the menu:

 

Process >> Connectors

and click on the Add button.

The following parameters must therefore be chosen:

  • Connector Name: Choose a name to identify what the connector does
  • Node type (technology): choose eCommerce OpenCart
  • Node: choose the previously created node
  • Connector type: choose eCommerce OpenCart [Download products on bindCommerce]

 

Click on SAVE AND CONTINUE to access the additional fields of the connector.

Configuration

The previously created import configuration produced by OpenCart must be indicated in this field.

Product filter

In this section of the connector it is possible to choose whether, and which filter to apply, among those previously created through the function setting filters on products.
Once the changes are complete, click on SAVE AND CLOSE.
The connector can be executed in interactive mode (by clicking on the button Execute the connector immediately?) Or through automatic procedures.

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