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Advanced Template Mapping Features

In this article we will cover the more advanced features and abilities of the EasyChannel Template Mapper.

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Written by Joe Weinberger
Updated over a week ago

So, by now we should have read the article on Template Mapping Tool and have a basic understanding of how to operate it to create, edit and map your fields correctly. If you have not read the article, you can catch up on it here before you go any further. Now we're going to learn how to add fields to our templates using Custom Specifics, and also how to use some of the more advanced field selections like Rules, and Lookup Lists. So, let's dive right in.

Custom Specifics

  • Custom Specifics allow you to add fields to you template for specifics that are not currently represented in the EasyChannel Product Fields. Let's start at our Template Mapping Screen, here.

  • By default, the mapper starts on the Common Tab, to work on Custom Specifics, use the Tab located here.

  • Use the Add New Specific button to bring up our Add New Item Specific creation window.

  • Next, we need to name our specific. This will be the name of the EasyChannel Product Field so we want to represent the specific. For the example we will be creating a specific to tell us what the color of the frame our items have is. So we will call the specific Frame Color.

  • Use the Add button to save your specific.

  • We now see a familiar mapping setup with our new specific. We have the same fields available to us as on the Common Mapping Tab.

  • Now, we need to map our new specific to its corresponding category in our CSV File. You can create a matching attribute using Custom Attributes. To learn more about Custom Attributes, Click Here.

  • Hit Set to lock in your field choice.

  • Don't forget to Save before leaving the screen to avoid losing your changes.

Using Lookup Lists

  • Now, let's learn about Lookup Lists, and how to use them to match options that may not be available to us on certain platforms. Let's start on our Common Tab.

  • Then let's go to our Custom Specific Tab so we can apply a Lookup List to our Frame Color specific.

  • Now we can click on our Mapping Field to bring up our options. We're going to use Lookup List. Hit Create to make a new Lookup List.

  • This brings up our Create Lookup List screen. First, we need to give our list a Name and Description. This is for our reference so we can select it again for another template if we need to in the future. We want to match our Charcoal Frame color with the Gray color option available on the selling platform so we will give our list a relevant name.

  • Next, we need to choose the Attribute we are creating the Lookup List for. If you click on the field, it will give you a list you can scroll thru to select your choice. You can also type your choice into the box to bring up matching options. We will choose Frame Color.

  • Our Values come next, the Source Value will be the Value from our product, in this case Charcoal. The Destination Value will be the Value we are matching it to, or in this case, Gray.

  • The Fallback Field does not apply to our example but can be used in Lists the same way as in normal mapping. For an explanation of the how to use the Fallback Field, read the Template Mapping article, here.

  • Use the Save button to finish creating the Lookup List. It will now be saved and set in the Mapping Field.

Using Rules

  • Now, let's learn about how to use Rules in are mapping fields. Let's start on our Common Tab.

  • For the example we will be using the Catalog Search Term Field, so navigate down and click on the field to bring up the edit box. Then navigate to the Rule tab.

  • Select the Create New button to bring up Create New Rule window.

  • First thing we want to do is give our rule a Name and Description. We are creating a rule to make ISBN the dominant catalog search term for books, so we will name our rule "Catalog Term for Books" and fill in a Description that tells us what our rule does.

  • Next, lets add in our Condition. To do this, first select Add Condition to bring up the condition pop-up.

  • We want our rule to find any product with an ISBN number so our rule will be laid out like this. Our field is "ISBN", and our condition is "isn't empty".

  • Next, we need to set the "If Condition is Met" box to determine the output if the product does indeed have an ISBN number. To do this we hit the plus sign and plug in our desired output. For us, we want to output the ISBN number of our product.

  • In the "If Conditions Aren't Met" section we have two choices. We can either have it output nothing or add in a different output. In our case, we still want a search term in the case of a non-book, but we want it to be our UPC instead. So, we'll click ADD OUTPUT and add in UPC.

  • Our rule is now ready to put in place. Hit Save to finish the process.

  • Your rule will now be set in your mapping field.

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