This article explains on how to import images of HikaShop Products using RO CSVI. Before starting with import there are few preparations to be done. The default path for saving HikaShop images is the upload path set in HikaShop configuration page. You can check this path by going to Joomla administrator menu >> Components >> HikaShop >> System >> Configuration and under Files section. Make sure that you want to use the same folder for your images.
Next step is to upload all the images to this folder so RO CSVI will link these images to products on import.
How does RO CSVI know where to locate your images? This is a combination of 2 settings:
- Path set in the HikaShop Configuration for Upload folder
- Name in the CSV file
On import RO CSVI combines these 2 settings to get the full path to the image. As an example the path in the configuration is set to images/com_hikashop/upload and the file_path field in the CSV file is set to example.jpg. This will create a full path of images/com_hikashop/upload/example.jpg. This is the correct path.
And using the product_code field in import file, RO CSVI will link the image to the product.
Preparing the template
Images are imported using HikaShop Product import template. You can have any number of fields for your product import but to import images make sure you also have file_path field as one of the import fields.
Adding the fields
Your template might already have some fields, for the images we require two needed fields:
The SKU of the product
The name of the image to link to the product. Multiple images seperated by |. Example image1.jpg|image2.jpg|image3.jpg
Setting the template image options
The Image tab has a lot of options for managing your images. For now we will look at the general options. The most important option here is the Process images.
This means that RO CSVI will perform all the image options set for example, create a thumbnail
This means that RO CSVI will not do any image processing.
We set the Process images to Yes and then configure the thumbnail settings because we want to let RO CSVI create a thumbnail.
To enable the thumbnail creation set the option Automatic thumbnail creation to Yes and if you want set the thumbnail size you would like.
Creating the import file
In your import file, you need to add column to import image
Here you put the name of the main image for example hammer.png
Let's create our CSV file, extending the CSV file created in the HikaShop Product import tutorial, we now get:
H01,Hammer,A great hammer to let out all your frustration,1,hammer.jpg
Save these 2 lines in a file or download the file by clicking here.
This completes the second step of the image path, we now have a complete path of images/com_hikashop/upload/hammer.jpg
With our template configured and our file created, we are ready to import.
- Select the template from the RO CSVI import page.
- Click on Select File.
- On the source option we will load the file from our computer. Click on Choose File and select your import file. Then click on the Preview button in the top right hand corner.
- The list of fields in CSV would be shown as preview. Now click on Start import in the top right hand corner.
- Run the import
The next thing you can do is, experiment. There are a lot of more features in RO CSVI you can use for example:
- Watermark images
- Store remote images on your server
- Resize large images
Watermarking images with RO CSVI is made easy. Set the Watermark image option to yes and upload the image you need to use as watermark and its done. RO CSVI will do the rest.
Store remote images on server
With RO CSVI it is possible to import images from remote server. On Image tab set Save images on server option to Yes and in file_path give the remote URL of the image. Thats it. RO CSVI will download the remote image to your local server and link it to the product.
Resize large images
While importing images if you want to resize the large images set Resize image option to Yes and set the required height and width.