XML Feed Import/Export

Attracting and keeping users on a new site with only a handful of ads is a real challenge, no matter how well your site is built. We understand that it is crucial for your site to be populated with content sufficient for inviting real users to post their ads on your site. Using Flynax XML Feeds Plugin, you'll be able to fill your site with content imported from other resources allowing you to start building your own audience.

How it works

The XML Plugin allows you to import data in XML format. The XML Feed Export/Import Plugin is mainly designed for importing XML feeds from other classifieds sites and portals. In other words, the Plugin allows you to populate your site with ads in a matter of a few minutes rather than waiting months for dealers to post enough ads for your site to become appealing to users. Similarly, you can use the Plugin to export data from your classifieds site and share it with other sites or dealers.

Back End

The Plugin creates a manager in the admin panel, from where you can configure, import and export XML feeds. When importing a feed, you will be able to give it a name, decide whether you wish to import only new ads or all of the existing ads, and choose the option of delayed photo import; that is, if a listing comes with a few photos the Plugin will import one and the others will be added later with the Cron Job manager.

You will also have the ability to choose a listing package and a listing type, to which the imported ads will be assigned. In addition, you can choose a default category under which all of the imported listings will be shown. Finally, you can specify the status of the imported ads and make them either active, if you want them to appear instantly on your site or inactive, in case you wish to go over them before publishing them on the site. Much in the same way, you can export the ads on your site in an XML format if you wish to share them with others. Back end settings allow you to export ads from a particular user by specifying his username, export ads belonging to a particular listing type, for instance, cars, boats or jobs or all of the ads on your site.

Other features and options

There are different types of XML feeds varying in contents and data structure, for example: XML2U, Openmarine etc, which negates the possibility of building a universal tool allowing you to import any XML feed from any resource. Nevertheless, we did our best to make the Plugin that will allow you to import the majority of XML feeds using a quite powerful XML manager in admin panel. The Plugin also offers the following useful options and functions:

  • Make the process of adding/updating ads automatic with the use of Cron;
  • Ability to parse XML feeds with different data structure;
  • Advanced mapping system allowing you to set correlation between feed and site fields;
  • Track import stats, such as number of imported/updated/removed ads for each import session;
  • The Plugin can read XML files when importing ads to minimize file reading issues;
  • Ability to import http secured feeds as the Plugin supports http authorization.

XML feed import/export Plugin is essential for classifieds sites both big and small. Webmasters who have just launched their websites may benefit from the Plugin by populating their site with ads. Owners of major classifieds portals may also use the Plugin to share their ads with other sites and dealers.

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Apr 17, 2019
  • Import of images improved
  • The 'Unset' option added to the mapping manager
  • Import page interface improved
  • Issues when importing with Cron resolved
  • Admin panel grid improved
Jan 30, 2018
  • The Plugin adjusted to Flynax 4.6.1
  • Multilingual descriptions improved/extended
  • A few minor issues fixed
Jul 31, 2017
  • Export issues fixed
  • Import process stability boosted
  • Plugin adjusted to membership plans
  • Support for multilingual descriptions added
Apr 18, 2017
  • A few minor bugs fixed
Mar 23, 2017
  • A few minor bugs fixed
Mar 10, 2017
  • Data exporting problem fixed
  • Line breaks problem in textarea fields when importing fixed
Mar 01, 2017
  • A few minor bugs fixed
Feb 24, 2017
  • Warning: Updating the Plugin will erase all already set up mappings; but feeds will remain intact.
  • XML parser reworked
  • Delayed photo import option added
  • Import only new ads option added
  • Split value into two fields by comma mapping option added
  • Duplicate value into two separate fields mapping option added
Jul 16, 2015
  • Alternative parsing method added
Dec 03, 2014
  • XML file processing improved
  • Ability to set different ad owners from a feed added
  • Stability of the plugin boosted
Aug 07, 2014
  • filters added to the feeds manager
  • minor bugs fixed
Jul 30, 2014
  • optimization measures taken
  • mapping for multi-field fields added
  • mapping for categories improved
Jun 26, 2014
  • Initial release
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