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Hello!

 

I received an email today from someone claiming to be a freelance web developer specialising in osCommerce. He mentioned various things that he could do and in particular said

It is even possible for you to have a system which will grab all of the product info and pictures from your suppliers web site and automatically insert it into your site.
Is this true?
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Hello!

 

I received an email today from someone claiming to be a freelance web developer specialising in osCommerce. He mentioned various things that he could do and in particular said: "It is even possible for you to have a system which will grab all of the product info and pictures from your suppliers web site and automatically insert it into your site."

 

Is this true?

 

I had received a similar email awhile back.

 

Automatically grabbing info and pics from another site, even if it's your supplier, is a NO-NO. It is called hotlinking and will raise your suppliers bandwidth use. Once they find out you will be cut-off and probably lose them as a supplier. It is best to ask your supplier if you can "copy" the information to post on your site, most will oblige.

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Or they may be able to send you a data feed containing their product info at regular intervals. They may also call it a product catalogue.

 

Good suppliers will also be able to send you images to use or provide a way for you download it.

 

You will need one of the contributions to load product data onto your site from a csv file or Easy Populate

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Even if you could "hotlink" to their data (with their permission) it's probably not a good idea.

 

If you do that, and their server goes down, or they alter their directory structure/file names, you're hosed!

 

Best to have your own images & whatever so you can keep a handle on things.

If I suggest you edit any file(s) make a backup first - I'm not perfect and neither are you.

 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I've got the Easy Populate contribution anyway. Is this probably the easiest and quickest way for uploading products?

 

Cheers,

Mark.

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For adding products en masse, I'd say so.

 

Provided you can get the data in the proper format.

If I suggest you edit any file(s) make a backup first - I'm not perfect and neither are you.

 

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