Custom Collections with Linked Products have Product: Handle

Shopify Custom Collection products and their Handles

When you export the Custom Collections with Linked Products – now you will always have also the “Product: Handle” column filled in with the Handle of the Product.

That is so that you can know what the Product ID is.

When importing, the app will try to attach products by both columns – “Product: ID” and “Product: Handle”.


Export Collections as Product Columns

Export Shopify Product Collections

When exporting Shopify Products, you can mark to include additional columns of Collections where each product is listed in.

That will add two additional columns in the exported file:

  • Custom Collections
  • Smart Collections

Those columns will contain a comma-separated list of Handles of those Collections where this product is appearing.

If the cell is empty, that means that this product is not in any of the respective collections. You can use that to find out which product is not listed in any of collections.

For now, this data can only be exported.

Warning: including the Collections in the Products export, will make the product export much slower.

To import product into certain collections, please, use the following tutorials:

Exported columns will look like this:

Exported Products Collections

Automatically synchronize your Shopify store with your other store daily/weekly/monthly

Sync Shopify

You have more than one stores on Shopify, and now you need to synchronize their contents regularly.

Here’s how you do that using app.

Steps to automatically synchronize data from one Shopify store to another

  1. Store A: Setup the scheduled regular export of the data you want to synchronize.
  2. Store A: Wait for the first export to finish and copy the exported file URL.
  3. Store B: Setup the scheduled regular import from the URL of the regular export.

Let’s get to it!

Store A: Setup the scheduled regular export of the data you want to synchronize

Sync Shopify store - Setup the regular exportMark the items you want to export.

You can even set the filters, for example, to export only Products that have a certain Tags, or products that exist only in certain Collection. Use any of the available filters in the app.

Then, under the Options button, you need to set up the:

  • Schedule export on: choose the starting date of the first export and time. In this example, it will start the first export today at midnight of the store time zone.
  • Repeat every: set the interval when to repeat that same export, and how many times to repeat it. In this case, it will export every day and will repeat it forever.
  • Custom file name: and this is the most important part. You need to set the custom file name for your export because this will ensure that your exported data will always be available at the same URL. We will use that URL in the scheduled import.

Then press “Schedule Export” to schedule it.

2. Store A: Wait for the first export to finish and copy the exported file URL

If you have set the repeated export to start today at the time that has already passed, the app will start the export shortly after you schedule it – to complete the today’s export.

Open the “History & Schedule” page and see that the export is done. If it is not yet finished, you will need to refresh this page manually to update the status.

When your first export is finished, the page should look like this:

Sync Shopify - copy the exported file URLThere you will see the next scheduled export for tomorrow, and the export that finished today.

You will see that the completed export has the file there – your custom defined file name.

Right-click on it, and “Copy Link Address“.

This link will be the same for all the future exports of this scheduled export. So now you will use it for the scheduled import.

Store B: Setup the scheduled regular import from the URL of the regular export

Now, open the app on your other store – that where you want the data to get imported from the store A.

And scroll to the Import section of the app.

There you will see the box where you can paste the URL of the file to upload.

Paste your copied URL there, like that:

Sync Shopify - paste the export URL in the Store B

Then press the “Upload from URL” button.

It will upload the file, and the app will analyze it. And just hold the horses, don’t press the Import button here.

Instead of that, press the Options button.

And then set up your schedule so that it always starts at the time that is after your export would finish. In this example, we have set the export to be on midnight, so we will set the import to happen at 1am every day, starting from today.

Notice that the checkbox is removed for the option “Stop if images cannot be downloaded for updated items.” – that is useful when updating your existing items, the app will not stop if some images will not get imported. It’s what you most likely want, right?

Also, notice how it has the “Take import file from URL:” filled with your URL – it means that every time the app will run this repeated import, it will use the fresh file from that URL you pasted earlier.

Sync Shopify - import from scheduled export fileWhen everything looks nice, press the “Schedule Import” button.

Again, if the time for today’s import is already passed, the app will shortly start the import to complete the first import for today. And that is a good way to check that it did work as you expected.

You can find that import status in the “History & Schedule” page.

Sync Shopify - see scheduled import statusThat’s it!

Now it will sync your stores just the way you want it!

Good to know

  • You can synchronize any kinds of items – Products, Collections, Discounts, Customers, Pages, even Orders.
  • You can synchronize items partially by using Filters when setting up your repeated export. For example, you can synchronize just products with certain Tags, or that are in just the certain Collection.
  • You can have several syncing processes happen at the same stores. No limitations, but just bear in mind that running two processes at the same time will make their speed two times slower.
  • You can set up the same synchronization both directions – just set up the same logic from store B to store A.
  • The scheduled time uses the time zone from your Shopify store.

Create Smart Collections in bulk by Product Tags


Smart Collections are collections where products are included according to some condition (rule). Those collections will be updated dynamically as soon as more products appear that match the condition.

You can create Smart Collections and include in those Products by their Tags, or any other Product fields like Vendor, Type, Price, etc.

To include products into Smart Collections by Product Tags with Bulk Import Export Update App. Follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the Excel file with Smart Collections by Product tag, according to the Excelify template
  2. Import created Excel file into your Shopify Store.

1. Prepare the Excel file with Smart Collections by Product Tag

Create Smart Collection by Product Tag

Basic fields that need to be filled are Title, Primary Row, Must Match, and Rules. In this tutorial, all products that have tag private or business jet will be included in the Smart Collection named Private and Business. So, there will be 2 rules defined – each of them in the separate row.

Decide if you want to include those products that have at least one of the tags (“private” or “business jet”), or the product should have both tags to be included in the Collection. If the value is set to any condition, all products with at least one of two tags will be included. If the value is set to all conditions, only those products that have both tags will be included.

In the Rule: columns I am setting the rules. For Tag property use Equals relation.

Remember to name the sheet as Smart Collections. Save the file.


2. Import created Excel into your Shopify store

Now let’s import this Excel document into the Store with Bulk Import Export Update App.

Import Created Smart Collection by Product Tags


Now you can see created Smart Collection under Products -> Collections.

Smart Collection With 2 Tag Rules

When clicking on the collection, you will see the products that are included.

Products in Smart Collection by Tag


Good to know:

  • You can export the Products that belong to the Smart Collection, by setting the “Collection” filter when exporting Products.
  • In Shopify you can create up to 5000 Smart Collections. This is what you also can bulk import with the app.
  • You can use other Product fields in conditions, like, Vendor, Type, Price, etc. Tags was just one example.
  • Read the full description of all fields of Smart Collection.

Improve import speed when importing from another Shopify store

Import to Shopify by ignoring ID

When you export from one store and import to another, the import file includes items with their IDs. If you would import that same file into the existing store (like when you update some items), that ID allows to identify existing items very quickly, so the import speed to the same store is very good.

But when you copy your data to another store, those IDs don’t exist in the other store, so that causes the app to make an additional request to API to find that out. You can improve the speed by checking the “Ignore ID” box and that will tell the app not to try to use those IDs.

It will improve your import speed by at least 20%.

New format “Excelify: CSV” for truly big data export and import

Shopify export very large store to CSV file

If you have a store that is so large that the data don’t fit into an Excel file, now you can choose to Export into “Excelify: CSV” format.

That will still allow you to export several entities in the same export (Products, Collections, Customers, …), because each entity is saved into its own CSV file, and they are all zipped into one nice zip file to take less space.

The only limitation here is that you cannot export Metafields. It’s because each item Metafield can be only discovered when that item is read from Shopify, but CSV files don’t allow to add columns on the fly.

You can import that same zipped CSV format as well.

Similarly, as Excel sheets, each CSV file will have its own name that determines what is in that file. For example, you will find Products in the “Products.csv” file, when unzipping the exported file.

Excel file format is limited to 1 million rows, but this new format allows you to exceed well over 1 million rows in your exports and imports.

All the columns are the same as in our Excelify Excel template. It works exactly the same as with Excel. Also, after the import, you are able to download the Import Results file and see the result columns.

The exported result will look like this:

Shopify exported to CSV files

Schedule and repeat imports to Shopify

Shopify import schedule and repeat

You can schedule and repeat imports to your Shopify store.

After uploading the import file, you can click the “Options” button and set the scheduling and repeating parameters.

You can combine them as you like. You can set just to schedule the import to start at a certain date and time. And you can set the import to repeat at certain time intervals, for a given amount of times.

You can also set to import now and repeat at the same time at given time intervals.

To review or cancel the scheduled imports, go to the “History & Schedule”.Shopify schedule and repeat history and cancelHere’s the tutorial on one typical scenario: Schedule regular Product price update.