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How to Import ICEcat Product Content into WooCommerce

If you know how to import ICEcat product content into WooCommerce, you can get quality descriptions and images for hundreds of your products at once. ICEcat is an open catalogue that publishes and syndicates product content from international manufacturers. The catalog includes such categories as IT, CE, telecom, DIY, beauty, toys, lighting, FMCG, office supply and others.

In this guide you'll learn how to import ICEcat content directly to WooCommerce via the ICEcat Integration with Store Manager for WooCommerce.


Store Manager is a downloadable application that enhances the default WooCommerce functionality. It offers tools for bulk edits, advanced import/export, database backup, and data generation. Store Manager helps integrating your store with ICEcat, eBay, and Amazon.

If you don’t have Store Manager yet, download a free trial and install it on your computer. Connect the application to your store database and test ICEcat Integration addon for free.


Steps to Import ICEcat Product Content into WooCommerce

  1. Launch ICEcat Integration addon from within Store Manager for WooCommerce. For that, with Store Manager open, navigate to Catalog > Products. Select the products you want to import ICEcat content for. Call the context menu with a right-click and select Addons > Find ICEcat Matching Products.

  2. WooCommerce Store Manager ICEcat Launch

  3. With the ICEcat Integration addon launched, switch to the Setting tab. Here fill in your ICEcat account credentials and specify the type of ICEcat account - Open ICEcat (free) or Full ICEcat (paid). Press Check authorization to make sure the addon has access to the catalog.

  4. WooCommerce Store Manager ICEcat Authorize

  5. Scroll down the window and configure the following general settings:
    • Language of the content that you want to upload.
    • Update. Define whether to retrieve the entire database (recommended when you start using the integration) or daily updates (recommended for further synchronization).
    • Search Settings (minimal word length and relevancy) to find matching products on ICEcat.

    Remember, that a free ICEcat account provides access to a limited number of products. This may affect the search results when finding matching products on ICEcat.

  6. Select the product identifiers to find matching products on ICEcat. The products listed in ICEcat have the following identifiers: ICEcat code, EAN/UPC, Product Code, Product Name.
    ICEcat Product Codes

    Therefore, to find matching products on ICEcat, the products in your WooCommerce store must have one of these identifiers. Specify which identifier would it be:
    Specify ICEcat product identitiers

    The addon will search by the selected identifier on ICEcat and suggest you a matching product.

    Depending on the structure of your database, product identifiers can be stored in the Name, SKU field, or Custom field. It should be mentioned, that WooCommerce does not have a default EAN/UPC field so these products codes can be stored either in the SKU field or in the customer field. Consider this when configuring the identifier.

    Example 1.For example, you may have an ICEcat code stored in the SKU field:


    /img/WooCommerce-ICEcat-Code-in-SKU.jpg

    Then in the addon settings you should specify the name of the SKU field as it is written in the database (_sku) as the ICEcat code field name:


    ICEcat Code Specified in the Advanced Settings

    Example 2. EAN code is added as a custom attribute in WooCommerce:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Code Custom EANCODE

    So, for the “EAN/UPC code field name” an “eancode” field name must be entered:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Code Custom EANCODE Advanced Setings

    Example 3.The identifier is EAN code and it’s stored in the SKU field:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Code SKU EANCODE

    So, an SKU field must be selected in the dropdown:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Code SKU EANCODE Advanced Settings

    Important Be sure to map the fields between your store database and ICEcat properly, so that coincidences could be found.

    Adding Product Features from IСEcat

    Some products on Icecat have the “Features” section with the detailed product specification. This data can be imported into the Description field in your store. For that, switch to the Features tab and select the “Add product features to description” check box:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Features Template

    The features will be added as product attributes:


    ICEcat Features Imported as Attributes

    Step 2. Load WooCommerce Products

    In this step, you will load your store products to the addon. Use filters to select the products to which you want to get ICEcat descriptions and other data.


    WooCommerce Store Manager ICEcat Load Products

    Step 3. Select Icecat Categories and Brands to Search For

    Next, you will need to load the Icecat database in the addon. If you are using the Wizard mode click “Next” to proceed to this step. Otherwise, open the IceCat tab.

    Icecat holds a multitude of categories and products. You can narrow the search by checking relevant categories and suppliers:


    Note If you want to upload products from child categories, expand parent category and then check the required child category. If you only select the parent category, products won't be loaded.

    WooCommerce ICEcat Check Categories

    If IceCat listings are not shown in this window, click on “Load Categories&Suppliers”. Note, the more categories you check, the more time it will take to retrieve the data. After you’ve made a selection, press “Next”.


    Step 4. Preview Retrieved Icecat Products And Their Details

    In this step, you can see all products and their details that were retrieved from ICEcat.

    This window has two panes. The first pane displays the categories you selected at the previous step. When you select a certain category, its products are displayed in the second pane. By clicking a product, you can see its details on the right:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Retrieve Preview Products

    By default, the addon shows only basic information. You can load extra ICEcat details – features, descriptions, and images – by pressing corresponding buttons on the toolbar.

    After that, product descriptions and images will be displayed in the right pane in separate tabs.


    Step 5. Find Matches and Import Icecat Data into WooCommerce

    In this step, you will find matching products on Icecat, select most relevant of them, and load data into WooCommerce. The addon offers several options to do this, here they are.

    Find Matching Products

    When you press this button, the addon will try to search for appropriate products on Icecat using product SKU and name.

    The upper area of the window displays your products. When you click on a certain product, the matching product (if there it was found) will be displayed below. There might be several products matching the search sorted by relevancy. You can select the product that you think is more appropriate.

    Manually Find and Link Icecat Products

    Select the product you need to update and press “Manually Find and Link IceCat Product” on the toolbar. In the search form input the text to search for as it is displayed in the screenshot:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Manually Find Products

    After you link a corresponding Icecat product to the WooCommerce product, select what details you want to update: name, short description, long description, manufacturer, thumbnail, image gallery, and press OK.


    Link Products Automatically

    If your WooCommerce products have the same identifiers as Icecat ones, you can flawlessly link them and update necessary fields.

    This option is available in the product context menu, so you can use it and bypass other wizard steps:


    Find ICEcat Matching Products Automatically

    As you can see, a matching product has been found and linked to the one we have at our store. All that is left is to select details to be loaded for this product. We choose all fields:


    WooCommerce ICEcat Link Matching Products Automatically

    How Icecat fields will be imported into your store database:

    • Icecat Name ->Product Title
    • Short Description ->Short Description
    • Long Description -> Long Description
    • Manufacturer ->Custom Field
    • Gallery Images -> Gallery
    • Product Code ->icecatcode

    Use ICEcat integration for WooCommerce to import ICEcat content into WooCommerce and fill your store with verified descriptions and images!


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