To upload bulk products on BigCommerce, you can use the built-in CSV (Comma Separated Values) import feature. This allows you to create a spreadsheet with all the product details and then import it into your BigCommerce store. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you with the process:
- Prepare Your CSV File: Create a CSV file with all the product details in the correct format. You can use spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to create the CSV. Ensure that your file includes columns for essential product details such as SKU, Product Name, Description, Price, Quantity, Image URLs, etc. You can refer to BigCommerce’s CSV import template for guidance.
- Log in to Your BigCommerce Admin Panel: Go to your BigCommerce store’s URL and enter your login credentials to access the admin dashboard.
- Navigate to the Import Section: From the BigCommerce admin dashboard, click on “Advanced Settings” in the left-hand sidebar menu, then choose “Import.”
- Choose CSV File: In the Import section, click on the “Choose File” button to select the CSV file you created earlier.
- Select Import Options: BigCommerce will present you with options for how you want to handle the import. Choose “Products” as the import type, and decide whether you want to “Add and Update” or “Add Only” products. The former will update existing products if they already exist in your store, while the latter will only add new products.
- Map Your Columns: Next, you need to map the columns in your CSV file to the corresponding fields in BigCommerce. This step ensures that BigCommerce understands which data goes where. For example, match the “Title” column in your CSV to the “Product Name” field in BigCommerce, and so on.
- Run the Import: After mapping the columns, click the “Import” button to start the import process.
- Wait for Import to Complete: The time it takes to import the products will depend on the number of products and the size of the CSV file. BigCommerce will notify you when the import is complete.
- Check the Products: After the import is finished, navigate to your BigCommerce store’s frontend to see all the uploaded products. Check a few product pages to ensure that the data was imported correctly and that the images are displaying as expected.
Remember to take a backup of your BigCommerce store before performing a bulk import to safeguard against any potential issues. Bulk product imports can be complex, so it’s crucial to double-check your CSV file before importing, ensuring that the data is accurate and properly formatted. BigCommerce also provides additional product types like Variants for items with multiple options or Custom Fields for additional information.
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