Earlier on this year we reviewed WP All Import 3, the CSV and XML import plugin for WordPress from Soflyy.
In this review, we’re going to take a closer look at a new addon which has just been released for WP All Import.
We’re talking about the Woo Commerce Add on here, in a nutshell this add-on will allow you to import products into your WooCommerce powered store, using the same easy interface that you used with all imports in WP All Import.
Here’s the description of the add-on from the WP All Import website:
“The WooCommerce add-on runs on top of the WP All Import. To use the add-on, you must have WP All Import installed. The add-on is a separate WordPress plugin. Once you’ve installed WP All Import, simply install the add-on like any other WordPress plugin.
This add-on’s interface looks just like WooCommerce. It works just like WooCommerce. It’s almost like manually adding a product in WooCommerce. Except it’s automatic, and lets you add thousands of products at one time.
To import your data, just drag & drop the fields from your XML/CSV to the textboxes in WooCommerce. That’s it.
Here’s how it looks. Your data is shown on the right. WooCommerce is shown on the left.”
Features and Usage
Importing products into your WooCommerce store is a real breeze thanks to WP All Import with this WooCommerce add-on. As a test, I selected a CSV file containing around 2,500 records, they were imported without any problem at all. Some of you might be thinking how long that might take, well it took a while on my local server, but the most important thing is that imported successfully. I have no doubt that WP All Import with the WooCommerce add-on can handle 10x and even 100x that many records, you just need to wait a bit, depending on the power of your server.
Anyway, back to features and usage of this add-on. Being familiar with WP All Import but not an expert with WooCommerce, I was a bit apprehensive when I started off. Would it be complicated to map all those tiny details into WooCommerce products?
I sighed a sigh of relief when I recognised the WooCommerce product interface within WP All Import itself (in step 4 during the import process). Definitely a nice touch, and it made me feel immediately at ease, confident that I would have no trouble proceeding with the import.
That was indeed the case, so I really don’t have any concerns to report here, the plugin is really well designed from a UI point of view, it is evident that the developers behind it were not only familiar with WooCommerce, but also with the way people use it.
Here’s a video in which I show you how easy it is to import some products into WooCommerce via the WP All Import plugin.
You might very well want to try it out yourself before you buy it, so why don’t you head over to their demo section, where you have a fully hosted full version of the plugin running. You can test imports there before you take the plunge.
The WooCommerce add-on for WP All Import costs $49. If you have already bought WP All Import you can find the link to purchase the add-on in your customer portal. Else you have the option to purchase WP All Import + WooCommerce add-on together if you’re a first time user for $129.
Purchasing WP All Import and the WooCommerce add-on grants you access to product technical support, documentation, downloads, and automatic updates for one year from your purchase date.
The guys at WP All Import also offer a 30 day refund policy. If at any time in 30 days you aren’t satisfied with WP All Import, they’ll refund 100% of the purchase price, no questions asked.
The price make sense, especially when you consider that the plugin can be used on an unlimited number of sites.
Support and Documentation
If you have a problem while using the plugin, you can open a support ticket, which will be attended to by Louis Reingold (the main man behind this project), Jarrett Dunn (their Customer Support Specialist) or somebody else from the team. Tickets are reviewed throughout the day so you’re likely to get a timely response to your support request.
There is also a customer area which from where users can download the plugin, access documentation & tutorials, and access the special resources section.
WP Mayor Verdict
WooCommerce is currently huge in the e-commerce niche, and this add-on will undoubtedly be useful for many people who are building e-commerce websites. I found the add-on very easy to use, in fact I just followed the video walkthrough available on the add-on’s website, and I was good to go. Since the interface employed by the add-on is the same used by WooCommerce, you won’t find many new things to learn. Instead it will feel like an intuitive experience, just like one of those ‘missing features’ that you always wished for.
I highly recommend this add-on to those who want to import a large quantity of products via CSV or XML into WooCommerce with zero hassle.
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