Simple doesn’t mean bad or unsuccessful – Shopcost proves this statement. Being a basic price comparison engine, it attracts lots of buyers and merchants. If you want to connect your Magento 2 store to the platform, but don’t know how to do this, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we discuss core aspects of the Magento 2 Shopcost integration and offer a reliable Magento 2 Shopcost connector.'
Shopcost is a leading price comparison website in India. If you want to expand the international presence of your business is situated in that country, the integration between Magento 2 and the platform looks promising. Shopcost exists since 2009 and offers millions of products from hundreds of retailers. To be more precise, the platform includes more than 4 million items from over 2k retailers. The lowest price is always listed on top of other offers even if the retailer provides items to Shopcost for free.
To become a Shopcost retailer, you should fill in a small form. Specify your shop name and URL, upload the company logo, type the phone number, fax, and email, specify and confirm your password. Next, select one of almost 40 categories. If your category is absent, you can specify a custom one. Type your shop address and select a country. Note that merchants from India, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and the US are welcome. If you want to get a premium account, tick the corresponding option. After your shop is registered, it is necessary to provide a product feed to Shopcost.
How to Select Magento 2 Shopcost Connector
To provide a product feed from Magento 2 to Shopcost, you need a reliable connector. Of course, you may rely on the default export functionality, but get ready to face manual data file editing which is a very time-consuming routine. So what module to choose?
The Magento 2 ecosystem offers lots of all possible export solutions designed to create a comprehensive product feed, but all of them are limited by default. An export module cannot import any data back. Of course, the Shopcost platform is a simple price comparison engine that doesn’t provide any output back, but what if it will add the lacking functionality? Several similar services already introduce marketplace functionality so that all purchases are made on a price comparison platform. Customers are not redirected to a merchant’s website, but the platform provides order data if a purchase is made. No export solution will be helpful with that.
Another problem related to all connectors is the inability to move certain data types. In case of products, images are the most widespread problem. Some modules cannot transfer them to third-party services, so you have to do everything manually or install additional tools.
We’d also like to draw your attention to the problem that occurs when you try to connect several more platforms to your Magento 2 website. There are connectors designed for one integration only. For instance, if it is a Magento 2 Shopcost connector, it synchronises only these two platforms. Thus, you need more than one tool to establish multiple integrations. The cost of running multiple channels rises with each new connection. Furthermore, you increase the probability of conflicts between extensions as well as the load on the system. To avoid these issues, we recommend using a single universal solution that covers multiple integrations. For instance, there is a corresponding module in our portfolio. Meet the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension. And here is why we recommend it:
Fully Automated Integrations. The extension leverages crone so that you can create any custom schedule for updates. Once a schedule is created, the module will provide the platform with the required data and import the corresponding output back automatically. At the same time, you can start the update manually due to the asynchronous mode. Also, note that Improved Import & Export allows creating separate schedules for import and export processes. If you don’t need any complex customisations, the module offers a range of predefined intervals to choose from.
User-Friendly Mapping. The problem of manual data editing is also eliminated if you use our module. The Improved Import & Export extension adds a mapping interface to every profile so that you can easily match default attributes of Magento 2 to any custom attributes. There are also mapping presets that allow applying a mapping scheme within just a few clicks. You only need to select a platform you want to connect your store to. Next, the corresponding mapping scheme will be applied.
Multiple Connection Formats. Another important aspect of the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension is the availability of multiple connection formats. In addition to standard CSV and XML, it adds more rare TXT. Besides, you can establish the connection via Google Sheets, Excel files, and API.
Multiple File Sources. To cover different requirements of various platforms, we’ve added support for multiple file sources. Now, the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension allows transferring data via FTP/SFTP, Dropbox, or URL. And don’t forget about API connections. Thus, even the most demanding integration can be served with the help of our extension.
As for the Magento 2 Shopcost connector, you can get it for free. It is available as a part of the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension along with multiple other connectors. For further information about the Magento 2 Shopcost integration, contact our support. You can find the import/export module here:'