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Export WooCommerce Product Categories Using Product Import Export for WooCommerce Plugin

Last updated on October 3, 2023

Import and export all the product categories of a WooCommerce store using the premium version of the Product Import Export Plugin for WooCommerce. The plugin helps you to export and import product categories as a separate post type in a quick and efficient manner. To export the WooCommerce product categories:

  1. Select the post type as Product Categories.
  2. Select an export method.
  3. Filter data.
  4. Map and reorder export columns.
  5. Use advanced options/ batch export and scheduling.

Exporting Product Categories

To export WooCommerce product categories, click on WebToffee Import/Export(Pro) > Export.

Step 1: Select a post type

As a first step, you need to choose the post type as Product Categories.

selecting post type
Selecting post type

Step 2: Select an export method

Choose from the below options to continue with your export:

  • Quick export : exports the basic/standard fields.
  • Based on a pre-saved template : exports data as per the specifications(filters, selective column, mapping etc) from the previously saved file.
    This export method will be visible only if you satisfy both of these:
    • exported data using the Advanced export method in any of your previous exports.
    • saved the selections as a template for future use.
    Exporting product categories using pre-saved template method
  • Advanced export: Takes you through a detailed process of filtering/column selection/advanced options that may be required for your export.
    Selecting advanced export method during export of product categories
  • Step 3: Filter data

    Filter the data on the basis of:

    1. Sort Columns: Select the column on the basis of which you want to sort the export data.
    2. Sort: Sorts the selected sort column in ascending or descending order as specified.
    filtering data
    Filtering data
    • Click on Step 4 to proceed further.

    Step 4: Map and reorder export columns

    In the export mapping screen, you can edit all the default export column names appearing in this section. The preferred names and choices that were last saved can be viewed by choosing a pre-saved template. You can also move the columns to reorder the arrangement.

    Mapping export columns
    Mapping export columns

    Step 5: Advanced Options/Batch Export

    On reaching Step 5, the following window will appear, from where you can:

    • Specify the Export file name.
    • Choose the Export file format between CSV and XML.
    • Select the required delimiter among: Comma, Semicolon, Tab, Space and other.
    • Download the file into Local or FTP.
    Advanced options during export
    Advanced options during export

    To enable FTP export, select FTP for the option Download the file into.

    • Select an FTP profile
    • Use the default export path or specify a new one as required.
    • Click on Export/Schedule and select the Schedule button.
    Exporting via FTP
    Exporting via FTP

    On expanding the Advanced options, you can :

    • Include BOM in export file by selecting the Enable option. This will help the applications like Microsoft Excel to read your export file, even if it contains non-English characters.
    • Export in batches based on the number specified. This value specifies the number of records the server will process for every iteration within the configured timeout interval.
      NOTE: If the export fails due to timeout, you can lower the batch count and try again.
    • Custom PHP code: Here, the export data will be passed through the PHP function defined. Click on Save functions to save the code.
    Advanced options during export
    Advanced options during export
    • Save the template file for future export as shown below(if needed).
    Saving template
    Saving template
    • Click on Export to finish.