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    How does Middleware work with Shopify Akeneo Connector?


    Middleware Akeneo PIM Connector helps to connect your Akeneo with any third-party eCommerce. However, it facilitates the abstraction of functionality between two systems.

    It is a constructor that allows you to set up a linear data processing flow, also referred to as pipeline, for the import/export of data from Akeneo PIM to Shopify.

    So, the Connector uses GraphicQL for translations on Shopify’s end. Data export/import using the REST Admin API for Products and as well as Collections


    You’ll learn how Middleware works with the Shopify Akeneo Connector in this document. Furthermore, you can use this connector to connect your Shopify store to the Akeneo PIM platform.

    SaaS- Grounded Shopify Akeneo Connector

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    Growth Edition:

    Growth Edtion is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) PIM. Fast Deployment, Automatic Upgrades, Scalable, and Adaptable PIM Results are all included in the Growth Edition.

    We use Middleware software to set up the Shopify Akeneo Connector. Therefore we use Akeneo API for the integration.

    Enterprise Serenity Mode:

    Enterprise Serenity is also a SaaS-ground like Growth. Furthermore, EE has some advanced features like Asset Manager, Reference Realities, and Advance Rights Management.

    So, now Shopify Akeneo Connector is compatible with the Akeneo EE Serenity with Middleware software ( Developed by Webkul)SaaS- Ground Akeneo.

    Key Features

    1. Available to use within twinkles.

    2. Using this connector to install or operate the connector no coding skills are required.

    3. Schedule custom imports to Shopify by using Advanced filtering options.

    4. Akeneo to Shopify in a completely automated way with options to connect to multiple Shopify sites from the same connector.

    5. This connector works with both Shopify and Shopify plus.

    6. Export of image assets at product level into Shopify.

    7. Export of image assets at product model level into Shopify.

    8. Assets can import per Site into Shopify.

    Basic Details for the Connector Configuration

    These details are mandatory for the Middleware Akeneo PIM Connector configuration.

    1) Admin Akeneo Details(With the Connection Permission)

    • Admin URL
    • User Name
    • Password


    2) Provide the following details after creating the Akeneo API Connection.

    • Admin URL
    • Client ID
    • Secret Key
    • User Name
    • Password


    How does this connector work

    Basically, to export data through middleware, we primarily use Akeneo API and Shopify API. APIs are used to facilitate data flow.

    As a result, APIs might operate as a shared layer between two different apps. Businesses are adopting them across the IT environment due to their adaptability.


    The key benefit of this method is its ease of implementation. There are no complicated elements, and all of the work is done by a single operation.

    So, it speeds up the procedure. One operation acts as a source, while the other acts as a destination. After that, you can use this data integration system for a variety of real-time tasks.

    Moreover, middleware contains 5 standard stages:

    • Reader
    • Validator
    • Mapper
    • Translator
    • Writer


    In this first of all, a source item is read.


    After that, it is validated to make sure that all attributes, etc are correctly imported from Akeneo to Middleware and all the necessary data is available in the connector.


    Then after validation, you need to map all the data which you want to export from Akeneo PIM to the Shopify store.


    After that, the particulars go through a translator which processes the values and translates them into a separate format.


    The item is then written to the target system (to a database in the case of import, to a file in the case of export, and so on).

    How does Shopify Akeneo Connector work with Middleware?

    To link Akeneo and Shopify to the middleware module, you’ll need to use the API.

    Navigate to Shopify Connector >> Akeneo API Connection Detail to add API credentials.



    After that, you must enter all of the Akeneo Credential information, such as

    Akeneo URL
    Client ID

    After that, select Validate Credentials to import all of your Akeneo product data into MiddleWare.



    Then go to credentials and provide the Shopify store details for the data you wish to export. However, to add the Shopify credentials, click Create Credentials.



    Your Shopify store URL, API key, and password must all be entered on the Credentials page.

    For configuration purposes, you can add several Shopify stores.





    Then pick the default local in which you want to export the data by clicking on edit credentials.



    Following that, you may sync detailed product information from Akeneo to Shopify. But first, you’ll have to transfer Akeneo properties to Shopify product data.

    Please select the Attribute Mapping option from the drop-down menu. All of the product fields that can be synchronized with Akeneo characteristics may be found on the left.

    You must select the Akeneo property that will be mapped to the Shopify product field in the middle.


    Map Existing Categories Of Shopify With Akeneo

    To avoid creating duplicate attributes, categories, and features in Shopify, you must first map these existing data with Akeneo by going to Product Field Mapping>Map Product/Category.



    To make a new mapping for a category, attribute, or feature, click the Create Mapping button.



    Choose a mapping type such as category, attribute, API URL, Shopify Categories, or Akeneo Categories.



    Then, select Akeneo value and Shopify value accordingly after that click Save.

    Other Setting

    Logs Setting

    You may examine all the export/import procedures by enabling API Request Logs and Enable API Response Log in other settings. Any errors or problems encountered throughout the export/import procedure will be evident.



    Tags Export Setting

    These tags will be exported into Shopify from Akeneo. The tag will be exported in three different ways.

    You want to pull tags as Named Tags – By activating this option, you can export tags as Named tags.

    Do you want to pull through the attribute name as well in tags – You can export both names and tags if you enable this option. The names and tags will be separated by a dash, colon, and space.

    Do you want to pull through the Metric UNIT name as well in tags – When you enable this option, you can export metric values as well as units.


    Meta Fields Export Setting

    You can use the Use key and UseNamespace to export the meta field. There will be two distinct types.

    Use Key for Meta Field as Attribute Code / Label – The attribute code/attribute label will be used to export the selected attribute.

    Use Namespacefor Meta Field as Attribute Group Code / global – Selected attributes can be exported using either an attribute group code or a global attribute export.


    Creating Export Job

    You must now establish a job profile in order to export your product data. To begin, navigate to Exports>Create Export Profile.


    Three different types of export jobs can be created in this module.


    Then, choose Shopify Export Job and input a unique code and label.


    After that click on the Save button.

    Credentials for Multi-Store
    If you have multiple stores in Shopify, you can enter the store credentials here by going to the Credential section.



    After saving the export profile, go to the Content section then select Locale and Currency for the exported products.


    Filter Products To Export

    You can decide which products you want to export and filter them using various options. To export a specific product you can enter its SKU in Identifier.


    After that click on Save.

    Execution Process

    Once you have filtered the products and saved your export job profile, click the Export Now button.


    You can check the number of products and product models exported from Akeneo to Shopify, as well as the status as completed after the execution process is complete.


    View Products In Shopify

    You can see the products have been created using Akeneo mentioning all the product details.





    So, that was much about the How does Middleware work with Shopify Akeneo Connector, for any queries or doubts reach out to us at [email protected]. You can also raise a ticket at our HelpDesk system

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