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WooCommerce – Bulk Category Import Through a Google Sheet

If your supplier provides categories in Google Sheets, it is advantageous to have an opportunity to import them directly to WooCommerce. In this article, we’ll show you how to accomplish this via Store Manager for WooCommerce, a desktop application for the overall administration of your store catalog.

How to import categories from Google Sheets to WooCommerce step by step

  1. Install the free trial version of Store Manager for WooCommerce and connect to your store database.
  2. Connect Google Sheets and WooCommerce via Store Manager.
  3. Prepare a Google Sheet with categories.
  4. Launch the Import Category wizard.
  5. Select a Google Sheet with categories to import.
  6. Specify the settings (delimiters, image source, fields mapping) and complete the import successfully.

Install the free trial version of Store Manager for WooCommerce and connect to your store database

If you haven’t got a Store Manager yet, download the free trial, install it on your PC, and connect the application to your store database. Once the connection is established, your store data will be displayed in the grid:


WooCommerce Store Data Displayed In Store Manager
Store data displayed in Store Manager for WooCommerce

Connect Google Sheets and WooCommerce via Store Manager

To be able to import categories from Google Sheets, it’s first necessary to establish a connection to Google Drive. On the sidebar, click the gear icon to open Preferences and switch to “Cloud Storage”:


WooCommerce Store Manage Cloud Storage Settings
Cloud Storage Settings

Press “+ Add Cloud Storage Account” to create a new connection. Enter your Google Drive name and press “Authenticate”. You’ll be redirected to a browser page where you can sign into your Google account and grant Store Manager access to it.


WooCommerce Store Manager Add New Cloud Storage
Enter a name of the new cloud storage

Prepare a Google Sheet with categories

Create a Google Sheet with required category data. If you received data from your supplier, check the structure of the file. To import categories with Store Manager, the hierarchy (category path) must be stated as follows:

Parent category/subcategory/sub sub category/another sub sub category

For example

Home / Dog / Treats / Biscuits & Crunchy Treats /

As for the field names, there are no strict requirements. You can have custom names or don’t have any column headers at all. There will be a mapping step in the wizard where you can link the columns to database fields manually.


Launch the Import Wizard

Now, let’s get down to the import itself. In the screenshot below you can see Store Manager connected to a test store. There are no any categories there yet. We’ve exported a category tree from our other store with sandbox data and now will show you how to add it via import to an empty test store.

To begin, press the “Import Categories” icon on the category toolbar:


WooCommerce Store Manager Import Categories
Launch the Import Categories tool

From among the available import sources in the wizard, choose the last one (Google Spreadsheets). Afterward, select the Drive account you’ve previously added, and select the import file with categories:


Select a sheet on your Google Drive

In the next step, you’ll be able to select a sheet and preview its data:


WooCommerce Store Manager Category Import Google Sheet Select Sheet
Select a sheet with categories to import

In this step, you can select a method to identify the categories: by name, category ID, or path. Use category ID only to update existing categories. The best option is to identify categories by path.

Use the Skip Rules option to instruct the wizard not import certain categories. For instance, you can add an SQL expression to skip the import of categories with certain names or categories without images.

And, finally, link database fields to the CSV columns if you are importing categories from a custom file:


WooCommerce Store Manager Category Import Google Sheets Mapping Step
Map database fields to the columns from the Google Sheet

In the next step you will be offered to select an import method: Add and Modify, Add Only, Modify Only, Just Add. Select the one according to your task.

Also, you can optionally choose the fields from the Advanced Options section. If you are importing category images from a local folder, specify its path here.

Finally, press "Import" at the right bottom to begin the upload:


WooCommerce Store ManagerCategoryImportGoogle Sheets Import Method
Select an method of uploading categories from a Google Sheet

After the import is complete, review the log and close the wizard.


Check imported categories in your store

Now you can check your categories in Store Manager. As you can see, new categories were successfully created:


WooCommerce Store Manager Imported Categories
Imported categories in Store Manager

Now let’s check them in your WooCommerce admin. Right-click for a shortcut menu and press “View Category Admin Page”:


WooCommerce Store Manager View Imported Categories
WooCommerce Store Manager View Imported Categories

As you can see, the categories are available in you admin as well:


WooCommerce Categories Imported From Google Sheets
View imported categories in WooCommerce admin

Use Store Manager to sync your WooCommerce store with Google Drive and import categories from Google Sheets smoothly!

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