I have tried dozens of searches for solutions and failed attempts over several months for uploading products in bulk to my store. I give up. Help!
I have 2 separate databases for 2 separate stores, one with ~900 products and ~ 60 images and another with ~4200 products and at least 1 image per product (4200+ images).
I need to be able to get all my products working and then pass off the front end development to a 3rd party but I’m stuck before I can get everything into the store and working properly on the stock template.
What I’ve tried
I can get products uploaded into the backend via a CSV file in the standard System > Import menu without using Data Flow. Magento handles the images correctly from the import folder into its own directories but the images do not show in the back end.
I tried a modified Import.php file based on this LexIT consulting article. The Import.php I replaced caused my upload to time out (even with just 1 product) and it would not complete, so I reverted to the stock Import.php file
1. Why won’t my products show up in the default template? All products are visible, searchable and catalog-able, plus the back end shows the correct number of products for each product category.
a. Products are enabled and visibility = 4, or set for Catalog, Search
b. When I load sample data all the samples show up
2. Do I need to create a directory just for the first two letters of each image?
a. The image I was able to upload had the name “wwe-canned-text-image1.jpg). Magento created directories w > w to store the image
b. Magento seems to handle this correctly from System > Import but does not display images in back end
3. Which bulk upload plugin do you recommend? Requirements
a. One license purchase for multiple domains
b. Bulk upload images
c. Upload of categories / attributes files a plus but not requirement
4. Has anyone used Unirgy’s RapidFlow? It seems powerful and they have a $120 / 1 week license. Is this sufficient for my needs?
If anyone else has any general info, it would be greatly appreciated. I have a good understanding of database design and how this thing is supposed to work but I am lacking the Magento knowledge to put it all together.