Template Mapping Explained

In this article we show you how to use Template Mapping to make listing products from EasyChannel to your storefronts fast and easy

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Written by Joe Weinberger
Updated over a week ago

It certainly would be nice if every storefront used the same categories and identifiers for your products when you go to list them. Unfortunately, this is not the case and trying to transfer listings between storefronts can be time consuming and frustrating. Today, we are going to show you how to use the EasyChannel Template Mapping Tool to create templates for easily transferring products from EasyChannel to your storefronts. This article will cover the basics of Template Mapping. For Advanced Template Mapping Features and Tools, Click Here.

Reaching the Template Mapping Screen

  • First, we want to go into our Product Catalog using the Products tab on the main menu on the left-hand side of our workspace.

  • Then, using our secondary menu, we want to navigate down to the Product Settings section and select Template Mapping to reach our workspace.

Creating a New Template

  • All we need to do to Create a New Template is select Create Template near the top of our workspace.

  • This will bring up your Create Template pop-up. First, you need to give your template name and description. These are just for your reference. Then you need to decide what storefront this template is attached to, and whether it is for Buy it Now listings, or Auction style listings. Once you have made your choices, select Create.

Basics of Template Mapping

  • This brings us to our main Template Mapping workspace for our new template. Let's familiarize ourselves with it before we do anything. This is our main panel where we do our actual mapping.

  • In the upper left here, we have the toggle that takes us to the Custom Specifics screen. From here we can add in our Specs to be mapped, this will be covered more, here.

  • Beneath that, we have our Categories section. This contains the categories of your products in your catalog. You can choose which categories the template you are creating applies to from here.

  • Going back to our main Mapping Screen, we can see it's broken down into 3 columns. The first column is our Field Name. These are the Fields of your eBay Listing and are what we are mapping our products to.

  • The middle column is the Mapping Field and this is where we decide how to fill in the corresponding field to the left with information out of our Product Catalog.

  • The last column is the Fallback Field. This field can be used in cases where you don't have the correct data in your catalog and need to enter a manual value for the field on the far left.

  • Now that we know where everything is let's get started. We will start with our Title Field. As you can see, when you go to map a field you have 4 choices. Product Attribute, Free Text, Rule, and Lookup List.

  • We will be mostly talking about Product Attribute and Free Text here. To learn more about Rule and Lookup List, click here. If we click where it says Select Attribute, a menu will pop up underneath, allowing us to select an Attribute to map Title to. Let's use Product Name.

  • Once your Property is selected, do not forget to hit Set to finish mapping it to the field.

  • A lot of fields will only be required for certain items, but if the product has the property attached, it's generally a good idea to include it. Fields with red stars are fields required for all listings.

  • The Condition field gives us our first look at something different. There are only certain Valid Values for the Condition Field. So you can either set the Field to Product Property/ Condition to have the Condition mapped to your products or, if you sell all products of one type you could choose a Valid Value to always display in the Field.

  • For example, if all of our products were New with Tags we could select that from the menu and have that be the value applied to the Condition Field automatically when using this Template.

  • As we continue down make sure you fill out the Brand Field, as it's another required field.

  • Your Description Field is locked because your Description is pulled from your Product Description or Channel Description and does not need to be set.

  • Once we set our Price, we run into another Valid Value situation with the Best Offer section. The only values that are valid here are True or False, so unless your products are already imported from eBay you will want to use the Valid Value field to decide whether or not you want to accept offers.

  • Next, we have our Media Section where we need to map our Image Fields to our Image Properties for our products.

  • Our next required section is the Location details. This is also where we are going to have first use Free Text. It asks us for the Country and City, and Region of our products. You may have these mapped to your products, if not, you can use Free Text to map the fields to your Shipping Location.

  • The last required section is the Policies section. This is where you set the Payment, Shipping, and Return Policies for your template. All of these items are Valid Value items, and a selection needs to be chosen from the menu of accepted values.

When you have completed your Template use the Save and Exit button to save your work and go back to your Template List.

Editing or Deleting a Template

  • To Edit, or Delete a Template first locate the Template in your Template List, and then find the Action Pane to the far right of your workspace.

  • To Edit a Template, use the Pencil Icon.

  • This will bring up the Template Mapping Screen for the selected Template. Edit your Template, and use the Save Changes and Exit button when finished.

  • To Delete a Template, use the Trash Icon.

  • Confirm you want to remove the Template to delete it permanently.

Applying your Template when Listing

  • To apply your Template when Listing a Product to a Storefront, just select the products you want to add from your catalog and select Add to Channel.

  • Select the channel you created the Template under from the Channel Menu.

  • Select your Created Template from the Mapping Template Menu and hit Publish as Live to list using your Created Template.

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