The LDD Directory Import extension allows a user to import listings into their directory via CSV file. CSV files can be conveniently edited in programs such as Microsoft Excel and allow you to create, update and edit multiple listing entries in one file.
The import is an easy process, allowing you to specify whether all listings are to be imported, only new listings are imported, or to import and update existing listings. This will simplify the process greatly for large directories that maintain their own information, or easing the process for new sites populating with their initial information.
NOTE: Large csv files may cause your host server to time out during the import process.
Directory Import Documentation
We’ve included two sample files in the download for the LDD Directory Imports add-on (ldd-import-sample-1, and ldd-import-sample-2). Sample 1 is a basic import file with just the main LDD Directory Lite fields and a couple of dummy listings data for reference. Sample 2 contains all the supported import fields as well as a couple of sample listings for reference.
Once you’ve installed the add-on, navigate from your WordPress Dashboard to Directory >> Import. Here you will be able to select the file you wish to upload. You may then indicate if your CSV file has a Header Row and select how you wish to handle the import from four different options:
- Import new listings only
- Import new and update existing listings
- Update existing listings only
- Force create new listings for all imports
(NOTE: The LDD Directory Import add-on uses the listing title field to determine if an imported listing matches an existing one.)
In this step of the import process you can directly map the columns from your CSV file to specific listing fields, ensuring that you have more flexibility in how you set up your import file. The LDD Directory Import add-on will attempt to map these columns for you if you have indicated that you’ve included a Header Row in your CSV file from the first step.