Magento is one of the most promising and well-known platforms that can help grow and manage online businesses. People with intention of building e-commerce store blindly go with this shopping cart, thinking that there is included everything needed and you can simply relax and wait sales coming.
However, when dealing with it on the practice you begin to notice that it would be great if Magento included this or that possibility. Store owners with no knowledge of coding might think that some functionality is not possible at all, continuing to spend hours performing tasks manually or simply abandoning the idea of putting it into practice.
Do not give up! The abundance of tools Magento modules proved to be useful for making possible the things not included out-of-the-box.
Looking for all-in-one solution? Check out Store Manager for Magento. It can act as alternative for admin panel, since in addition to most of features Magento itself includes, it has some that surpass default shopping cart possibilities.
Let’s review the ones you will need and can make use of in the first place:
1) Import from the files of basically any format
Default Magento import is very strict to format of file and data in it to be used for massive upload. First of all, there should be included predefined list of fields without which import simply won’t do. Secondly, information there should be as Magento “insists”, For example, status should either 1 (for enabled) or 2 (for disabled). Thirdly, all the columns are needed not only for creation of new products, but also for their update.
Moreover, column names should be identical to database names. Otherwise, they and information in the spreadsheet, simply might not be recognized by Magento. In case you do not want to spend endless hours guessing what else can be edited and adjusted in your file for it to become suitable, Store Manager for Magento will help you. It handles files of different formats (.csv, .xml, .xls, .xlsx, .txt, .ods) and various structure: due to useful mapping feature column names can be any you wish, missing information can be added on-the-fly, for update you need just identification field and the one information in which should be updated.
2) Import of more entities of different kind
Since Magento allows to create products of different types, make complex relations, implement techniques that allow to customize product in some way, its users expect that they will be able to make use all the features to the fullest. However, looking closer, you might find out that some vital functionality can be applied to goods individually, not massively. For instance, Magento import of complex products with relations might be a trouble, upload of custom options, bulk assign Magento tier prices or group prices are not included.
You need these tasks to be performed? Not a problem with Store Manager for Magento.
3) Upload images if they are not yet on the server
Most likely you are familiar how Magento works in case images should be imported. You need to upload them to your FTP, into the directory ‘media/import’ and then indicate in the import file for each product image name with backslash at the beginning.
Store Manager uploads pictures automatically. Just indicate image name (if they are saved at your PC) or image URLs for remote images and icons will be uploaded and assigned to correct goods automatically.
4) Automated generation of Magento configurable products
Those who already dealt with Magento configurable products already know that the procedure is tedious. But in case you need products in variations and inventory should be tracked, you need to make some efforts. Well, with Store Manager not as much efforts as you think, as using the application associated simple product can be generated in a few clicks –
5) Bulk product edit
Default Magento capabilities allow to massively modify goods only through import. However, as as mentioned above, even for update of let’s say price, you need to include all the other obligatory fields.
Store Manager for Magento is more flexible because:
- you can add or change some details switching between products without opening efit form for each;
- you can perform Magento import with only 2 fields – SKU or ID and price or any other that needs to be changed;
- the values can be adjusted for selected products using handly Mult-Editor tool built-in the application.
Extend potentials of Magento. Find out how to get more value from it!
Spend some time poking around free Store Manager for Magento version to discover what useful things you haven’t discovered yet –