Shopify is a powerful platform that makes it easy to quickly build beautiful online stores for your retail digital clients. One way to make that process even faster is to import products via CSV.
Which you could have our online e-commerce team ( hello ) @ 33signals.com do for you.
To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a set of shopify product CSVs that contain high quality images and product data, such as variants, that you can import into a Shopify store. These product CSVs provide product data for design and testing purposes, and can be used to build themes and stores on Shopify.
In this article you will learn easy step by step on getting started with your product list range:
How to upload products via CSV file
How to preview products before uploading from a CSV file
How to automate product data importing with Developer Tools
Great news! Shopify has compiled a set of product CSVs which contain high quality images and product data, such as variants, that you can import into a Shopify store. These product CSVs provide high quality product data for design and testing purposes, and you can use them to build themes and stores on Shopify. The product CSVs and images Shopify have compiled cover the following product categories:
Even if your current project focuses on another vertical, using realistic product photos in your prototypes and mockups can really help your client visualize the final product.
So, how can you start using these resources? You can download, clone or fork them from a repository hosted on Github.
Disclaimer: These images are from Burst, a stock photo website run and maintained by Shopify. They can be used for commercial or non-commercial use in accordance with the Creative Commons license, and the Burst Terms of Service.
Click the ‘Choose File’ button and select the product CSV file you would like to use for your store. I will be using the `apparel.csv` as an example in this article.
Click ‘Upload file’. Once you’ve confirmed that the data you are importing looks correct in the preview (i.e. the title of your product, description and type shows up in the right place), click ‘Start import’ to import the CSV file.
Depending on the CSV you select to upload, the import should take less than 5 minutes to populate your Shopify store. Once the import is finished, you will see the imported products in your store with real product descriptions, variants, and thumbnails. With this newly populated data, you can start building the store’s theme using real images and data, and test all the variations.
Above, you can see a product that’s been imported to the store via CSV file. Below, here’s that same product in ‘View’ using the free Debut theme by Shopify:
Tiffany is a Front End Developer Advocate Lead at Shopify. She specializes in front end development, user experience design, accessibility, and is passionate about inspiring young designers and developers. Previously, she was an Ottawa Chapter Lead for Ladies Learning Code and worked as a Front End Developer for Partnerships at Shopify.