Check out MAGMI if you do any imports

One tool that I’ve found absolutely essential if you do any type of bulk importing or updating is MAGMI. It’s not a Magento extension but rather an independent database client that can import/update with incredible speed.

Here’s the description from the MAGMI website:

Magmi is a Magento Mass Importer developed as a magento DATABASE client, (ie not a magento extension) , that operates directly in SQL and is the result of a deep analysis of the Magento Database Model. The first magmi goal was catalog import & update.

it can create products or update an existing catalog and deal with HUGE data (Millions of products could be managed by magmi,but even above a few 1000’s , you’ll see the real difference with dataSlow)

Rather than repeat all the benefits, simply go to their site and check it out:

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/magmi/index.php?title=Main_Page

If you decide to install, I’d recommend creating a separate password protected directory to run it from.

 

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