Dec
15
2011

Marketpress Product Importer – Released

It’s official! Version 1.0 of MarketPress Product Importer has been released. If you currently use the WPMU DEV plugin, MarketPress, and have been looking for a quick and easy way to import products to your online store, or product listing site, this is for you.

I manage several affiliate product listing sites, and couldn’t keep up with the ever changing “product data feeds” for each site. According to Aaron Edwards, lead developer for the MarketPress plugin, there are plans to include a product importer in a future release… but he just couldn’t give a specific date/time.

Since I really wanted to use MarketPress, I decided to develop a product importer specifically for MarketPress. I’m looking forward to sharing it with anyone that can use it, and of course, the WPMU Dev team. Like most initial releases, there are many items not yet integrated. The MarketPress Product Importer currently supports (basic product data, featured images, categories, tags, skus, price, sale price, and external product links).

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  • Looks like a great plugin but I’m unsure how to set up the config file on CSVisual so can’t go any further. I am currently working from local spreadsheets.sp don’t know what I should be entering as database settings?

    • Use the same database settings as your WordPress install.

  • This How I got it to work.

    Setting up Csvisual

    1. Install the MarketPress Product Importer plugin file from your WordPress dashboard
    2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
    3. Download the csvisual folder to your hard drive
    4. Go to your Host, Ex. Bluehost, and navigate to your file manger.
    5. In file manager, create a folder on the same level as your WP and call it csvisual then upload the csvisual.zip file and open it.
    6. After the upload and the zip file is open, goto the config.ini file and right click to edit.
    7. Modify the database settings using the same settings as your wordpress. If your not sure go to your wordpress folder, WP, and view the config file there, then copy that information to the csviual config file.

    Ex. //database settings
    define(“DB_HOST” , ‘localhost’);
    define(“DB_LOGIN” , ‘Name_Clothshop’);
    define(“DB_PASSWORD”, ’234myclothshop’);
    define(“DB_NAME” , ‘Name_Clothshop”);

    save and test…….

    8. Goto to your browser and type the name of your url with the folder you created.
    Ex. http://www.myclothingstore.com/csvisul

    It should work then.

  • I am having problems with the product image url – for some reason when I’m importing the product image isn’t coming in properly.

    I’ve got this error through the csv importer:
    Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /home/mjrphoto/public_html/wp-content/plugins/marketpress-product-importer/marketpress-product-importer.php on line 405

    Warning: file_get_contents(http://www.mjrphotographyct.com/images/1-img_8679.jpg) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /home/mjrphoto/public_html/wp-content/plugins/marketpress-product-importer/marketpress-product-importer.php on line 405

    I’m not sure what this error means, it looks like a “wrapper” issue – but I have no idea how to fix that …

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you,

    Liz

    • nevermind – I figured it out!!!

  • Ok, I have one question – is there anyway to import product variations with this plug-in?