Importing blog articles is useful if you have switched to CloudCart from another platform. All the content of your already developed blog can be quickly and easily uploaded to your CloudCart store via a CSV file. If you have multiple articles on your blog and don't want to recreate them one at a time, the CloudCart platform allows the use of CSV (Comma Separated Values) files to import multiple articles at once. To do this, you need to have all your blog articles gathered in such a CSV file.
What is a CSV file?
CSV file - this is comma-separated values (CSV), which stores tabular data in plain text. Plain text means that the file is interpreted as a string of characters so that they are readable with a standard text editor. Each line of the file is a data record. By importing it, you can easily transfer all your blog articles from your old store to your CloudCart store, saving as much information as possible from your old system.
Importing articles into CloudCart is almost the same as importing products and is done in three easy steps:
- Download the Blog CSV Import app
- Upload the CSV file to your store (make sure the file contains all the necessary information)
- Sync information from the CSV file to your new store
Upload a CSV file
To import the content of your blog via a CSV file to your store, you must first download the application for CSV importing blog articles by going to your admin panel and selecting from the menu Apps > Blog CSV Import.
2. Once you have successfully installed the application, select Marketing > Blog > Articles from the menu. In the upper right corner, you will see the Add via CSV button, click on it to start the import.
We recommend that you use Google Sheets when processing or creating a CSV file so that you can conveniently and easily save changes as CSV and comply with the UTF8 format requirement.
Synchronization of information
1. After clicking the Add via CSV button, a new window will open where you can upload the file and set basic parameters for importing articles. Select the file you want to upload.
2. CSV file settings:
- Select this option if the file has a descriptive column order - this option must be enabled (from the ON / OFF button) if your CSV file contains a descriptive column order, as in blog articles.
- The character that separates the category names - If you filled in a category and subcategory of each article in the category column, use the field to write down the character that separates the category names in the file. For example: Europe > Bulgaria. In this case, the character that separates the names of the categories is ">" and you should write it in the blank field.
- Additional settings: from the drop-down menu you can select the author to whom the articles will be assigned.
When you initially create your store and write its name upon registration, it is automatically taken as the main profile and username with which you enter the admin panel of your store. The system by default offers the name of the store and the author of all articles on your blog. If you want to change the author name of your articles, you can either change your username or create a new administrator.
3. After uploading and setting your CSV file settings, click the Save button in the upper right corner.
Synchronize the fields of the blog articles in the store with the fields and information in your CSV file
Once you have saved the settings of the CSV file, a new window will open in which you need to synchronize the information in the columns of the file with the fields in your store in which to save this information.
Once you've successfully uploaded the file, you can track its status and see the history of all the imports you've made.
To track the import, go to Settings > General > Queue Jobs.
In addition to importing blog articles, in your CloudCart store, you can also import products and import and export customers via a CSV file. See also these articles in our Help Center: Importing customers via CSV file Import products with a CSV file