How to Import Products Avoiding Data Loss
There is nothing more frustrating than losing the important information, especially when it has happened to your online shop, where each missing thing harms your budget. Most often the loss happens because of the failures performing mass operations, for example - Magento import. If you do the procedure of Magento import to database, the result you get, influences significant portion of data if not the whole catalog. In case there occurred some issues, the damage can be destructive to the whole cart installation.
However, there's a little bit of good news: you can avoid all of that if you take some measures to protect your data ahead of time.
If you want to reduce your chances of having to do data recovery, consider giving a try to the following useful tips:
Organize data for import
When you are planning to add new products or bring changes to the existing ones in bulk, make sure that you have all the information properly organized in .csv or .xml file for Magento product import. Most import tools as well as default import method have strict requirements to columns and information indicated in the file and in case you are missing of any, your items upload may fail. However, you can avoid the mentioned mishap if you are using Store Manager for Magento application. The software has flexible system of data upload and using it even if you don’t have some column or there are no values indicated, the file will be accepted anyway and what’s more - you can add missing data on the fly without having to input changes manually.
Follow each step of the procedure carefully
In case your data are properly organized and you set up Magento import correctly, you will avoid any issues. Import Wizard of Store Manager for Magento is very helpful in this regard. It is like step-by-step guide which has useful tips of what should be done. The detailed instructions on mass data upload you can read here -
Do database backup
With the ability to back up your data somewhere at your computer on some regular basis or before the mass operations your will protect yourself from losing critical information, since even if your actions will mess up something, you will be able to do the data recovery. It makes sense to increase your odds of being able to retrieve a data by having a second backup of database, which you can save somewhere remotely. In case you are using Store Manager, you can do backup of your database directly from Import wizard, at it’s initial step.
Data loss is a threat that will always keep owners or developers up at night, but there are proven ways to safeguard from unexpected “surprises” during and after the procedure of Magento import to database.