Creating a channel

How to configure general channel settings, assign attributes, define feed format, assign products, and how to adjust the scheduled processing.

The general setup

To set up a channel, the first thing you do is to navigate to 'Channels' (1).
Here you will see an overview of all your channels.
Select them on the list individually or in bulk (2). (See the managing channels article for more information).
To add a new channel feed select the '+Add Channel' button in the top right-hand corner (3).

Setting up a new channel feed

Here you can choose between creating a CSV/XLSX Data channel (1) or an XML channel (2). Click the 'Save' button to continue creating your channel (3).


Choosing channel type


The use cases of the 2 types of channels are very different, but the creation process is in most cases the same. In this example, we will create an XML channel.

To complete the creation of the XML channel (1), we give the channel a name (2), and press save (3).

Creating XML channel

Channel overview

Here we have created an XML feed (the page will look the same for a CSV feed). The channel name is in the top left corner, you can select it to change the name (1). Below it is the link to the processed feed (2).

In the center of the section, there are three timestamps.
It shows when the feed was created (3)
when the feed was last updated (4),
and when it was last processed (5).

On the right side, there are different actions available. The feed can be manually processed by clicking the 'PROCESS NOW' button (6).

The data feed can be previewed by pressing the 'PREVIEW' button (7).

To duplicate a channel feed select the 'Duplicate' button and give the new channel a name and save, and the values will get duplicated to the new channel (8). To delete a channel, press the 'Delete' button (9).

All feeds contains a tab containing an 'ATTRIBUTES' page, 'FORMAT' page, 'PRODUCTS' page and 'SETTINGS' (10).

XML Channel settings overview

To start modifying the channel, you go through the four tabs to apply attributes and products, plus define the data format and processing settings.

Applying attributes

In the 'ATTRIBUTES' tab, select which attributes you need (1).
All chosen attributes will be listed in the table (2).
To select more attributes, click the '+Add attributes' button on the right side (3).

Applying attributes

By clicking the '+Add attributes' button, you can choose product attributes from the left side (1), or add a static value (2).
When selected, the chosen attributes will be displayed on the right side (3).
Select the same attribute multiple times, to have the same attribute added more times. The number displayed is the number of times the attribute has been added. 
Finish by saving your attribute settings (4).

Adding attributes-1

Modifying added attributes

When the attributes have been applied, you can modify them further.

The 'Output label' can be changed to fit individual feeds, click the name or the edit icon and type in the new output name (1). You can also modify how media attributes are outputted by clicking the icon in the 'Options' column (2). Additional options will now become available in the 'Settings' panel (3). You can apply a 'Custom filename' and specify rules for it (4), or create 'Resize images' values for the media attribute to fit your feed (5).

Adjusting attributes

Defining the data format

Formatting of a feed setup is different between CSV/XLSX and XML.

To work with either of the 2 formats, see the respective articles:

CSV or XLSX feeds

XML feeds

Connecting your products

To connect products to your feed, click the Product list dropdown, from here you can search and select a product list for your feed. (1)

Adding a product list

When you have selected your product list, all the products from the list will get previewed in the table below (1):

Inspecting product list

Settings for processing.

In 'SETTINGS' you can adjust the processing of products and their assigned files/assets (1).

You can manually change the 'Reference' date of the last scheduled or manually created processing (2). And you can choose to apply a processing schedule to automate the updating of your feeds to either daily or on a given week day (3).

Settings for processing

For both products and assets you can select to update product data or files that has been created or modified since last processing or to only include newly created or modified products/assets, or you can select to fully process all data every time (not recommended for updating feeds).

Selecting processing type