CSV import product is the module supporting to input product data in bulk in order to replace the traditional way. If you own a small number of products, you can import the product information manually. However, if the number comes up to hundreds of thousands of products, it will be impossible to do this. It will be a nightmare if you input this enormous information manually day by day.
Therefore, CSV import product is launched to provide solutions to this problem. If you have a number of stores using Prestashop, you do not need to import product for each store any more. You input information for one store only, and export it to CSV file. If there is any difference in prices and product quantities among stores, you edit the CSV file and import for the rest of stores.
To export existing products to CSV file, you do as below:
On the left side of the menu in the back office, youhover mouse cursor to Catalog and click on Products.
A list of products will appear
In the product list, you can choose all products by clicking on Select All or select each one. Then click on Export symbol as the figure below.
After importing, the system will download the CSV file to computer.
You can send this CSV file to other people or to the site for importing products. You also can edit CSV file to be suitable for new sites or to update information for this site.
In the product list interface, you click on Import button as below
A window shows up, you can install to import products.
In “Select a file to import”, you click on upload button to upload files from your computer. Or you can use files from history/FTP. After selecting and configuring, you click on Next step.
In this screen, you please select the exact fields of CSV system and data. For example, in ID column, you select Product ID and it is similar to Image, Name, Reference, etc. Finally, you click on Import button to finish the product import process.
The disadvantage of default CSV import product feature is that it can process the CSV files created by itself. You need to pay attention to syntax order when editing CSV files. This default Prestashop feature also does not support to import CSV and excel files exported from Shopify, Magento, and WordPress. In these cases, I suggest that you should use this Import product module because it supports CSV and excel files with all forms. You will be supported by developers if you get into trouble.