If you are new to Product Feed Manager For WooCommerce (PFM), then the first thing to do is to learn to generate product feed before learning about all the other features of the plugin.
Here, you will learn how to generate product feed to understand how it works, and I will show you how you can get the feed link or download the feed.
Later, on upcoming documentations, you will get instructions on using all the other exclusive features to make the feed proper and acceptable on your desired marketplaces.
So let’s take the first step.
Follow the steps below to create your first product feed.
1. Go to Dashboard > Product feed > Add New Feed
As you can see, it will take you to the page where you can start configuring a product feed.
While generating this feed, I will give you brief explanations of the use of each features here.
2. On top, you will get to add a title to the feed.
3. Here, you will see that the feed settings are broken down into two sections.
First, let us configure the features in the Products section, and then we can move on to the Feed Configuration section.
4. Choose the Products you want to include in the feed.
You may choose to include All Published Products in your store, or you may use one of the three filter options, Custom Filter, Category Filter, and Tag Filter, to include the products you require (or exclude the ones you do not want to include).
For the first feed, let us choose All Published Products.
5. Then you will see the option called Refresh Interval.
This option is used to schedule an auto-update of the feed after certain intervals. Choose an option to set an auto-update or leave it as “No interval” if you do not want to set an auto-update of the feed.
6. Next, use the following options as needed.
7. You can then find an option to add Analytics parameters.
Use this option if you wish to add analytics parameters to product links on your product feed so that you can keep track of the products’ performance on Google Shopping.
For now, lets not use this feature as this is your first feed.
8. Now, scroll down to the Feed Configuration section.
9. Here, first select a merchant.
Let’s choose Google Shopping for this feed.
**Please note that Google Shopping only accepts XML feed submission, so you will not get an option to choose the file format. However, for other merchants, you will get to choose a File Format right below the Merchant Type option.
10. Once you select the merchant, all the mandatory fields required for submitting product feed to the selected merchant will be listed below.
In most cases, this template is already configured and values are assigned properly, so you won’t have to do much work with this.
However, depending on the merchant you are generating feed for, there may be some attributes for which you need to assign values manually.
For example, when you select Google, you will see there are two Attributes that don’t have the values assigned.
Since we are creating a feed to learn how it works, you do not have to worry about assigning the attributes now.
In the upcoming documentations, I will explain how you can assign attribute values properly when generating feed.
11. Now, scroll up and Publish the feed.
You will see a progress bar.
12. Once complete, the page will reload, and you will find the Feed link or download button just below the Update button.
**In case you don’t see the feed link section, go to the Screen Options and enable the visibility of the Feed URL section.
That’s it. You have generated your first feed. You can use the link or download the file to upload the products to your desired marketplace.
If you have created a feed, they will be listed under Dashboard > Product Feed > All Product Feed.
Here, you will be able to collect the feed link, download the feed, or edit the feed.
Now that you are familiar with how the feed generation process works, now let’s take a quick overview of the plugin, and then we can move on to learn about all the useful features, and creating complete product feed that can be uploaded successfully on your desired marketplaces.