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    AliExpress Akeneo Importer

    Introduction

    AliExpress Akeneo Importer module allows you to connect the AliExpress marketplace to your Akeneo PIM platform. With the help of AliExpress-Akeneo integration, you’ll be able to import products including variations from the AliExpress website to your Akeneo product database.

    Please Note – For importing products from the AliExpress website, you need to install the AliExpress Akeneo Importer extension in your Google Chrome web browser. For it, you can add the extension after that install it from here.

    Basic Requirements:

    • This module works with Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 4.0.x and 5.x. Download Akeneo from here
    • Node and Yarn packages need to be installed.

    Features

    • One-click import button on the category page and product page
    • Import simple and variation products
    • Variation prices are automatically mapped from the product page
    • Basic attributes mapping configuration
    • Edit product details before importing
    • AliExpress Akeneo Importer is compatible with the latest Akeneo version 5.0.x
    • Secure access token integration
    • Custom attributes are created in Akeneo
    • Imports all the product images
    • Detailed product description including text formatting
    • Choose Akeneo family for AliExpress imported products
    • Select how to import Item Specifics information in Akeneo
    • SEO information – meta title, meta description, meta keywords

    Video Tutorial

    Check out the following video tutorial below:

    How to import products from AliExpress to Akeneo?

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    Installation for Version 4.x to 5.x

    Please follow these steps for installing the module in your Akeneo PIM platform.

    1 – Unzip the respective extension zip then merge the “src” folder into the akeneo project root directory.

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    2 – After that goto config/Bundles.php then add line:

    in return array.

    3 – Then copy the “config” folder into the akeneo project root directory for routing.

    src-magento-2-1-1-1-1

    – After that run this command after ssh to your akeneo server by the terminal

    If you are using php-fpm. Then you need to restart the php-fpm services and apache web server.

    For Akeneo 5

     
     
     

    Docker Installation Command :

    For Akeneo 5

    alias docker_php='docker-compose run -u www-data --rm php php';
    alias docker_yarn='docker-compose run -u node --rm node yarn';
    docker_php bin/console cache:clear --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console pim:installer:assets --symlink --clean --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console d:s:u --force;
    docker_yarn run webpack;
    docker_yarn run update-extensions;
    docker_yarn run less;
    For Akeneo 4
    alias docker_php='docker-compose run -u www-data --rm php php';
    alias docker_yarn='docker-compose run -u node --rm node yarn';
    docker_php bin/console cache:clear --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console pim:installer:assets --symlink --clean --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console d:s:u --force;
    docker_yarn run webpack;
    docker_yarn run less;

    Installation for Version 2.x to 3.x

    After extracting the downloaded module zip file, please follow the installation procedure below:

    1 – Unzip the respective extension zip then merge the “src” folder into the Akeneo project root directory.

    installation

    2 – Then go to app/AppKernel.php after that add the following line.

    aliexpress-install-command

        new Webkul\\AliExpressProductBundle\\AliExpressProductBundle(),
    

    3 – After that goto app/config/routing.yml then add these lines at top of the file.Afterthat

    aliexpress-install-command

    ali_express_product:
    resource: "@AliExpressProductBundle/Resources/config/routing.yml"
    prefix:   /
    

    4 – Then you have to navigate first to Akeneo installation directory (Ex: cd /opt/bitnami/apps/akeneo/htdocs). After SSH, you have to run the command to your Akeneo server by the terminal.

    aliexpress-install-command

        rm -rf ./var/cache/** && php bin/console pim:install:asset --env=prod && php bin/console assets:install web --symlink && yarn run webpack && php bin/console d:s:u --force && php bin/console aliexpress:batch:importproduct
    

    5 – After that you have to restart your web server like Apache, Nginx. Run the command for Apache web server.

    sudo service apache2 restart

    6. If you are using php-fpm. Then you need to restart the php-fpm services.

    sudo service php-fpm7.2 restart
    Common Issues After Installation

    It might happen that even after proper installation, upon opening your Akeneo admin dashboard, you see a loading screen. In that case, do check for the following solution:

    • Webpack Installation: If you get the below error
      Webpack error
      It means that webpack is not installed in your system. Run the following command

       

      npm install --save-prod webpack
      npm install
      
    • Module routing.yml is not configured properly. Re-check the routing.yml file as mentioned in the 3rd step of Module Installation
    • Clear your browser cache.

    Install Chrome Extension

    After installing the module in Akeneo, then you have to install the AliExpress Akeneo Importer module extension in your Google Chrome browser.

    Installation Steps:

    1.  For installing the AliExpress Akeneo Importer module extension in your Google Chrome browser, after that you have to navigate Live Demo. AliExpress Akeneo Importer
    2.  After it, you have to click on the AliExpress Chrome Extension.
    3. After that click on the Add to Chrome button.
      AliExpress Akeneo Importer Add to chrome button
    4.  Then you are able to see the installed AliExpress Akeneo Importer Extension in Akeneo.
      Installed AliExpress Akeneo Importer

    Attribute Mapping

    Once you have installed both the modules in Akeneo and Chrome web browser.After that login to your Akeneo admin panel then go to AliExpress Akeneo Connector menu option.

    In the Attribute Mapping tab, you need to select the attributes of Akeneo that matches the products fields in AliExpress. Here, you can map the following product details:

    • Name
    • Description
    • Meta Title
    • Price
    • Meta Keyword
    • Meta Description

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-attribute-mapping

    Importer Settings

    After that, from the AliExpress Importer Setting tab, you need to configure some options for the imported products.

    Set Family – Here, you need to select the family where all the AliExpress products will be imported.

    Set Item Specifics Import – Select how Item specifics data will be imported then created in Akeneo. After that you have two options to choose from:

    1. Custom Attribute – In this option, different attributes will be created for each specification.
    2. Description – In this option, all the specification information will be visible in one description attribute.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-importer-settings

    Product Importer – Configuration

    After that, once you have done the installation and configuration, then go to AliExpress website then visit a category page or a product page.

    Then, when you hover your cursor, you will find AliExpress Importer icon on the products, click it.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-category-page-importer

    Connect Your Akeneo PIM

    Then enter your Akeneo Admin Panel URL after that click Next. Please make sure not to include any / (slash).

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-connect-url

    Credential to Access Akeneo 

    After that, you need to enter your Akeneo Access Token credential here.

    Then to find this token key, log in your Akeneo admin panel after that follow AliExpress Akeneo Importer>Credentials>AliExpress Token.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-connect-access-token

    After that copy your AliExpress Token key from here then use it to securely connect your Akeneo with AliExpress website for integration.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-access-token

    One-Click Import

    After that, you have configured the AliExpress Akeneo Importer Chrome extension. Then you can visit any category page or product page on AliExpress website after that click the blue icon.

    Category Page

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-category-page-importer

    Edit This Product

    When you click the AliExpress Importer icon, the following pop-up window will appear. From this functionality, you can edit some details of the product before sending it to Akeneo.

    After that you can edit – name, price, meta tag title, meta tag description, meta tag keywords, and edit prices of variations.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-category-page-importer-edit-details

    Product Page

    After that, from the product page, you can also use AliExpress Akeneo Importer. Then click the blue icon then check or edit the product details.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-product-page-importer

    Variation Prices

    All the variation prices of the product will be accurately mapped in Akeneo.

    Please Note – For importing a product which has multiple variations pricing, you must import that product from its respective product page, not from the category page.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-product-page-variations-price

    View Imported Products

    After that the import process takes few seconds to show up in Akeneo. Then you can check after that you can edit all product information.

    Like SKU, product name, item specifics, all images, meta title, meta description, meta keywords, and detailed product description.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-imported-product

    Detailed Description

    The detailed information about the AliExpress product is fetched from the website with all the images, text formattings, tables, etc.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-imported-produc-description

    Variant Products

    After that, all the variations are imported with all the common and variant-specific information like SKU.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-imported-product-variations

    Each variant product SKU will be different from its product model, which greatly helps for better product identification management and stock keeping.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-imported-product-variations-common-skuCategory Assign

    If a category already exists in Akeneo, the imported products will be assigned to the respective category.

    But, if AliExpress imported product’s category is not available, the module will automatically create that category in Akeneo.

    webkul-aliexpress-akeneo-imported-product-category

    Support

    So, that was much about the User Guide of Aliexpress Akeneo Importer for any queries or doubts reach out to us at [email protected]. You can also raise a ticket at our HelpDesk System.

    Please explore our Akeneo Development Services and Quality Akeneo Extensions.

     
     

    Current Product Version - 3.0.0

    Supported Framework Version - Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x 3.2.x, 4.0.x and 5.x

    Blog Version - Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x 3.2.x, 4.0.x and 5.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, and 2.3.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, and 3.1.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x and 3.2.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x 3.2.x, 4.0.x and 5.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x 3.2.x and 4.x
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