This is the process for switching to REC for ecommerce sites which already have products:
1. Have A Demo Of REC
We recommend a demo so you can make sure REC will handle your requirements fully.
2. Receive Training On REC
You will need to receive training on how to use the REC system and how to configure its site settings, delivery charges and payment processors.
NOTE: Check which payment processors we integrate with as you may need to set up a new account with one of them and this can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
3. Agree Your Design & Page Functionality
You will need to complete a design brief and discuss how your want your home page, categories and product pages laid out.
4. Set Up Brands & Categories
You will need to add your brands and categories into the system. This generates ID numbers which can be used in your product import, if you choose that method of setting up your products.
5. Set Up Products Manually Or Import Your Base Product Data
If you have a large amount of data, typically over 250 products, then you may wish to import your data to save time. If you have less than 250 products we normally recommend it is quicker to add them afresh via REC. This presents an ideal opportunity to review and improve the quality of your data.
Data held in different systems is not 100% compatible because each system has its own database format, so you will need to rework your data to some extent as you move it from one system to another.
Your current provider might be able to provide an export of your data which is helpful.
We can provide a standard import spreadsheet and instructions for you on how to complete it so you can import your product details into REC. It may be that many fields can be copied from your export file to your REC import file to save you time.
6. Add Additional Product Information As Required
Once your product data has been imported, you can begin to add any additional information you require, such as product options and attributes (e.g. specifications and Google Merchant Centre data).
7. Upload Images
You can upload your main images onto our server via an FTP connection. You need to make sure your images are properly optimised first. Additional product images will need to be added via REC in Product Manager.
8. Add Other Content Pages
You will need to enter your other content onto the system, such as terms, delivery and so on, as well as checking your System Pages containing the content used in your checkout process.
9. Test Your Checkout Process
Once all your data is entered and System Pages checked, you will need to conduct your checkout testing to ensure the process is 100% correct. This includes putting through orders to different delivery zones, completing a purchase all the way through to receiving final payment and managing the order in the Admin Centre.
10. Go Live
We follow a 100-point go live process to launch your site, including updating your stock figures if required. Your site is then live and your migration is complete.
In addition to the product and content migration, we will discuss your revenue requirements with you and will follow a separate marketing migration to retain your website's inherent online marketing value.
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