by James Slahor, Customer Paradigm Magento Programmer
Configuring Magento to incorporate Google Content post-Magento Base
Hi everybody. Today I want to talk about a process that I used to adapt Magento to incorporate Google Content for a site called Love ‘n Lace (http://www.lovenlace.com/). I hope that you will find this information useful.
Installing the right Magento extension key
I started by uninstalling the previous Google shopping extension via Magento Connect. Next, I used the the http://connect20.magentocommerce.com/community/Mage_GoogleShopping-0.2.12 extension key to install the extension. This key is compatible with Magento 188.8.131.52.
Creating a new Magento product attribute
After I had installed the extension, I added a new product attribute: ‘availibility.’ (Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attributes).
drop-down (as opposed to text field)
required values = yes
scope = global
apply to all product types
Manage Label / Options
Admin = Availability
1. ‘in stock,’ position 0, default value
2. ‘available for order,’ position 1
3. ‘out of stock,’ position 2
4. ‘preorder,’ position 3
I then added ‘availability’ under the Default attribute set (Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attribute Sets) under the ‘general’ category.
Managing My Magento Products
After I added my new attribute, I went to Catalog -> Manage Products (Love n’ Lace currently has Enhanced Manage Products), and applied the default ‘availability’ values to all products. Since ‘in stock’ is the default value, this forced all products to have ‘availability’ = ‘in stock.’
Next, I went to Catalog -> Google Content -> Manage Attributes, and set default attribute mapping.
a. Attribute = Availability, Google Content Attribute = Availability
b. Attribute = Price, Google Content Attribute = Price
c. Attribute = Product Type, Google Content Attribute = Product Type (Category)
d. Attribute = Color, Google Content Attribute = Color
Submitting Google Content
Finally, I went to Catalog -> Google Content -> Manage Items.
a. View Available Products
b. Select all available products
c. Actions -> add to Google content
This process may take a while depending on how many products you applied the ‘availability’ attribute to and how many products you are uploading. For Love n’ Lace, about 3000 products took about 20-25 minutes to run successfully.