First of all, be sure that you know how your source file handles variants. It can differ from file to file, so make sure you take a look at your file before uploading it.
How should you start?
Start the Syncee import task and map your supplier fields to the adequate Shopify "store fields". You can read more about the basics of mapping here.
Please bear in mind that you can only have 3 Option Value fields maximum and you can name them according to its content but it is usually Color, Size and Material. Also, make sure that your settings comply with Shopify's regulations about Product Variants.
After mapping them correctly, you can edit the mapping settings of each field, by clicking on the gear-wheel icon.
We also advise you to add a Tag Shopify field to these supplier fields, because it will help your customers to navigate among your products.
To upload an image to your product variant, you should have a Variant Image URL column in your CSV source file or have it in the block that contains the variant details in your XML file, and map it to Shopify's Variant Image field. If you do not have a column/block like this, Syncee will only be able to upload the picture as a Product image. Then you will have to choose the variant image in your Shopify store from the product images.
Most importantly, if you would like to post a picture for your product, include the full URL in your source file. Please, do not insert the images in the file, becaue it is not Syncee that processes the images but Shopify's CDN system.
If certain details are missing from the source URL, for example the http:// from the beginning, use our Prefix setting in the "Field Mapping" step.
If all image URLs are included in one field of your file, feel free to use our Split to array setting in the "Field Mapping" step.
Example for variants in an XML:
Example for variants in a CSV:
If your supplier's data feed file has a Variant column and it contains different variants, like color size and even some description, we recommend you to map this supplier fields to the adequate Shopify field, and in the "Filter" step of the wizard choose the Advanced Filter option and sort them according to the same type of variant. Create another Import task, do the required steps and filter for another kind of variant. Remember, one import task belongs to just one supplier, but you can always have more tasks with different settings for one supplier.
If you have any other questions regarding product variants, do not hesitate to contact us.