Manually putting data into WordPress can take a lot of time. This was something I learned from my time as a Content Manager. I used to spend hours copying and pasting product listings, uploading photos and filling out meta data. It was a lot of work and one reason I quit that line of work.
Although I could have created my own PHP script to transfer the files, I am not ashamed to admit that I am terrible at writing code that is more complex than the average CSS. Also, it is complicated to make something like this. It requires a lot of knowledge and time, something I didn’t have back then.
I needed a tool that could simplify complex situations. Today, I will share with you a WordPress plugin which accomplishes this feat with ease. It was not available when I needed it the most.
Continue reading WP All Import Review – An easy plugin for WordPress Import to learn more about the WP All Import plugin, how it can simplify the uploading and organization of your data, and how you can save time using it.
What is WP All Import?
WP All Import was created by Soflyy. This team is dedicated to creating great products that simplify and elegantly solve common issues users have in WordPress.
Soflyy is focused on focusing on a handful of tasks and completing them to the best extent possible. According to Soflyy, too many companies try too many things and end up doing a poor job of any one. Soflyy wants to be different. They desire to be exactly the opposite.
Prosociate is Soflyy’s WordPress plugin that allows you to easily earn Amazon associate commissions. Today we will be focusing on WP All Import which allows you to import any XML or CSV file into WordPress.
Instead of accumulating a lot of data, WP All Import allows you to sort and organize each piece of data in the correct place within WordPress. It’s as easy as loading a file to WP All Import and then dragging and dropping it into the correct place within WordPress.
Other features that you may find useful are:
- Importing to any theme or plugin
- Import images from any location
- Perform automatic, schedule import updates
- Add new data to existing content
- Developers can use API hooks and PHP execution
You can also purchase four add-ons for WP All imports. These add additional functionality to the plugin and support services such as WooCommerce, which allow you to import product listings and associated data. These will be covered in more detail later. Let’s first look at how to import your initial data file.
How to Import an XML or CSV File Using WordPress All Import
This plugin allows you to import files into WordPress in three ways. Upload a file to your hard drive, download it from a URL or use an existing file from your server.
This tutorial will use a file already stored on my hard disk. This file is a simple XML file with blog post information. The tutorial will show you how to use the WP All Import plugin in order to import multiple blog posts and publish them onto your website.
Go to -> Import, then click Upload a File. Choose the file you want to import from your computer. This tutorial will allow me to upload blog posts. I would choose New Posts. Step 2.
WP All import should now display the number of elements in your file as well as how many will be imported per posting. Keep going to step 3.
This area is where WordPress maps the data from your file. Click and drag the title from your file to the box for the post title.
Do the same for setting the content of the post. Drag the data you want to include in your post’s contents and click and drag it over. Continue to step 4 by doing the same with your post’s tags and categories.
WP Import will recognize duplicates and not create duplicate copies if there are duplicates. To set the unique content type of each entry, click the auto detect button (usually the title). Continue
To start the import, click confirm. WP All Import will create your posts according to your custom settings. After the import is completed, navigate to Posts from your left WordPress menu. You will see all your new posts created and published.
Add-Ons to WP All Import
WP All import ships with the option to buy additional add-ons that will enhance the functionality of your WordPress website as well as the importing and exporting of your files. These add-ons include:
- Advanced Custom Fields
- Link Cloaking
- User Import
You can import multiple products to your WooCommerce install with the WooCommerce extension. This add-on supports simple, variable, as well as affiliate product listings. WooCommerce allows you to import data into all fields and automate stock level synchronization.
This video gives a thorough overview of the WooCommerce addon and the types of functionality that you can expect to use it.
The Advanced Custom Fields extension allows you to import data fields created using the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. ACF 4 and ACF 5/Pro are supported, along with 29 other field types including relationships, galleries and fields within repeaters.
This video gives a thorough overview of the Advanced Custom Fields addon and the types of functionality that you can expect to use it.
You can automatically cloak any links that were present during file imports using the Link Cloaking plugin. This add-on is great for affiliates who want to hide long URLs in affiliate links to increase click-throughs. This add-on works well with WooCommerce.
The User Import addon allows you to import data from multiple users on your WordPress website into all user fields. This includes user meta data.
WP All Import Pricing
WP All Import’s pricing is as you would expect for a plugin this large and offering this level of functionality. Their plans are all one-time payments, so there is no need to pay for ongoing subscriptions.
The Standard Bundle also includes WP All Import Pro. It will include unlimited site licenses, lifetime support, and lifetime updates. The one-time fee is $99.
The WooCommerce Bundle contains the pro version WP All Import and the WooCommerce addon. Unlimited site licenses, lifetime support, and lifetime updates are all included in the WooCommerce Bundle. The one-time fee is $139.
The Elite Bundle includes WP All Import’s pro version and every add-on. The standard unlimited site license, lifetime support, and lifetime updates are included. For $199, the Elite Bundle is a one-time fee.
You can mix and match your standard plugin with any of your add-ons. Each WooCommerce or Advanced Custom Fields addon costs $69, but you can save money by purchasing multiple addons. The Link Cloaking addon costs $49 while the Users Import addon costs $59.
Support and documentation
WP All Import offers priority support for users who use their online contact form to submit their questions. The team is committed to providing the best possible customer service, so they prefer users to submit their support questions via their online contact form. However, you are welcome to also email them.
The WP All Import website also has a very detailed documentation section. This section contains clear and easy-to-follow instructions with step-by–step instructions for almost any task you may want to accomplish with the plugin. You can also view many videos for visual learners.
If you need additional assistance beyond the WP All Import team’s capabilities, the following list of recommended developers is for you to look at. All of these developers use the plugin, and can provide assistance and consulting if you need it.
Last Thoughts WP All Import Review
As someone who’s had to manually import content into WordPress for many years, I can see the advantages of this plugin. It’s easy to get up and running with minimal tweaking. There is no programming to learn or complicated settings to set up before you begin importing your data.
Although I didn’t need to contact support, I found the documentation to be of high quality and easy to understand for someone with an average WordPress skill level. Video guides are especially helpful as they provide a detailed guide to different functions within the plugin.
For someone who will only use the plugin occasionally, the price is a bit high. You can save a lot by purchasing the add-on plugin along with the standard one.
WP All import is a great plugin, and it does what it claims. This plugin is perfect for an organization that does only a handful of things well.