Running Test Imports

Before running your full import, we recommend you run tests to ensure the data looks the way you expect in the Shopify admin. There are a lot of fields that you can import and each use-case is different.

Verify Before Importing

Before running any imports, you should always run a few checks to ensure your import is a success. We recommend you do the following checks before you run your first import.

  1. You should audit all apps in your app store. EZ Importer NEVER sends emails to your customers, but other apps you have installed may. You should verify all installed apps will not send emails to your customers before your first import. We have no control in how they send out notifications. You also may want to audit your fulfillment apps as well as your fulfillment process. This will ensure your orders will not be sent to your fulfillment center. These are just a few things to check before running your import. You know your store best and should make sure you audit your store before doing an import. Marking an order as test may not trigger these notifications so you may also want to run a small import without marking the order as a test.
  2. Shopify does not allow apps to import the order total. They do the calculations themselves. If you want to import taxes, discounts, etc you will need to ensure you have the right pieces mapped. Click here to understand how Shopify calculates orders.
  3. Shopify allows duplicate order names on import. We recommend you verify all order names in your upload file are NOT already in your store. Click Here to learn how to let Shopify generate your order names for you.

Make a Mistake During Your Import (Re-Import for No Additional Cost)?

Getting your data exactly how you want it can take a few test imports and you may even notice mistakes during your full import.  Don't worry, we allow you to delete your imports which will add your credits back to your credit bank.  This means you can re-import your data as much as you want without being charged again.  Here are our instructions on how to delete your imports.

Running Tests

In order to run a test there are few things you need to do. The first and most important thing is to edit your CSV file. To do this, first create a copy of your existing CSV file. Once you've created a copy, open the copy and delete everything but a few imports. Make sure you have a good representation of your data. For example if you're importing some orders with line items and some without, it's a good idea to put each type of order in your test CSV file. Same goes for your data, if you have orders that are unfulfilled and some that are fulfilled, it's good to make sure you have one of each.

Once you have your CSV ready and you've setup your data mapping it's time to run your test import. To run a test, upload your import as you normally would. Once you're file is uploaded you'll get redirected to the Import Review page. On the Import Review page you'll see a "Import as test orders" checkbox underneath the Data Mapping field.

Import As Test

Click this checkbox then scroll down and review your data to ensure the it looks as expected and click the Import button.

When you go back to the home page, you'll see all test orders marked Test import. This way you can easily identify which imports you've imported as tests vs which imports are live orders.

Import Test On Home Page

Verifying Your Tests

Now that you've run your import, you should go to your Shopify store and verify the orders where imported successfully. You can tell if an order is a test order in Shopify if it has the test banner.

Shopify Test Orders

As you can see there is a big banner at the top of the order that says Test Order. Now that you've successfully imported your tests. It's time to review the test order and see if there is something missing.

Ensuring you have the right data

The most important part of running your test is ensuring the import has all the data you expect. A few things to check on your orders.

  1. Did you map the customer email address? If so you should see the customer email address under the Contact Information section. Click here to read more about mapping your customer data.
  2. Did you map the Shipping and Billing addresses? If so, they should be under the Shipping Address and Bill Address sections. If you've mapped the customer, the addresses should be associated with the customer. Review the Customer profile on Shopify to verify the addresses are associated with the customer.
  3. Did you properly map the discount codes, taxes and Shipping lines?
  4. If you expect the Total to show up in the Paid by customer section or want the amount the customer paid to be associated with the customer you'll need to map the transaction data. You can read more about how transactions work here.
  5. By default Shopify will mark your orders as unfulfilled. If you would like to import your orders as fulfilled you'll need to add a fulfillment status column to your CSV file and map it to the line_items.fulfillment_status column on the Line Items data in the data mapper. The line_items.fulfillment_status field takes a set of static fields and if you want to mark your orders as fulfilled you'll need to populate your fulfillment column with the value fulfilled in order to mark the order fulfilled.
  6. Is the order date correct? If you didn't map the date of your order, Shopify will set the date of the order as the date you ran the import. In order to set the order date, you'll need to map the process_at field to the column that has your order date. You can read more about mapping dates here.

If your import data looks good you're ready to do your import. You can delete your test orders by clicking the Delete button on either the Import page or on the home page. When deleting imports, the credits used will be added back to your credit bank. This way, you can run as many imports as you need before running your full import. For more information on how to delete your orders, click here.

Reports & Analytics

Test imports will not show up on the Reports & Analytics section in Shopify. However, real imports will show up in these sections. Once you've run your test imports, if you want to see what your orders look like in the reports section you can run another small import without marking it as a test.

In order to ensure your orders show up with the most accurate data we suggest you map the transactions and processed_at fields. Your orders will show up on the date you have mapped to the processed_at field. If you want to ensure your orders show up in the reports and analytics sections, you may want to run a test without marking the order as a test.

App: EZ Importer

Tags: getting started, testing