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Getting Started with AutoSync Integration
Getting Started with AutoSync Integration
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To start using X-Cart's AutoSync integration with your X-Cart online store:

  1. Ensure that the add-on "AutoSync" is installed and enabled at your X-Cart store. (See add-on management instructions for X-Cart 5.5).

    Note that X-Cart's AutoSync integration requires a few other add-ons for operation:

    "Auto catalog import" (provides building blocks for catalog provider integrations)

    The above-named add-ons need to be installed and kept enabled for as long as you will be using the AutoSync integration.

  2. Ensure that the "Time zone" setting for your X-Cart store has been adjusted properly; it can be found on the Localization > Units & Formats page of your X-Cart store's Admin area. Check with your hosting service provider technical support team that the time zone specified in php.ini in your store's server environment is the same as the time zone specified in your X-Cart store's Localization settings.

  3. Contact your hosting service provider technical support team to perform the server environment setup required for your X-Cart store to use AutoSync integration.

  4. Sign up for an account with AutoSync, obtain an API key for access to AutoSync API, and configure your import options. See Connecting Your X-Cart AutoSync Integration.

  5. Enable AutoSync visualization features for your store (This includes configuring the general settings for your X-Cart store's AutoSync integration add-on; see Enabling AutoSync Visualization Features and Configuring AutoSync Add-on Settings).

  6. For lossless import of vehicles and fitments data from AutoSync, your store is required to use either the Make/Model/Year/Submodel or Make/Model/Year/Trim MMY configuration. You can check and adjust your store's MMY configuration on the Vehicles & Fitments Settings page in the Admin backend (Catalog > Vehicles & Fitments, Settings tab). For more information on catalog data import, see About Catalog Data Import from AutoSync.

  7. Since the import of prices from AutoSync is possible only in US Dollar, ensure that US Dollar is set to be your store's default currency. This can be done in your store's Localization settings (Store > Localization, Currencies tab). For more information on X-Cart store configuration related to currencies, see Currency.

  8. In compliance with brand policies, AutoSync allows users to import catalog data only for brands for which they have obtained prior authorization and have been officially approved. Therefore, you need to acquire the necessary authorization for importing the information of desired brands to enable their inclusion in your X-Cart store inventory. You can accomplish this task by utilizing the features and capabilities provided within the backend of your AutoSync account.

  9. After your X-Cart AutoSync integration has been successfully connected to AutoSync, your will need to import from AutoSync a list of your approved brands. The brands imported from AutoSync will be added to the Available Brands list on the Data import page for AutoSync integration. Please be aware that in the event of any changes to the list of your approved brands, you will need to perform a re-import of brands to ensure the list of brands in your store is updated accordingly. See Importing Brands from AutoSync.

  10. After importing brands, you need to configure your import preferences for each of your approved brands. Each brand will have its own data import settings, so you will be able to fine-tune your catalog data import on a per-brand basis. For details on configuring catalog data import, see Configuring the Import of Catalog Data from AutoSync.

  11. Let the integration import catalog data from AutoSync. Depending on how you have configured your catalog data import preferences for specific brands, the import will be done automatically on schedule or will have to be initiated manually. See Managing Catalog Data Import in AutoSync Integration. Once the data has been imported from AutoSync, you should be able to see the imported products in your store's catalog.

  12. Check the imported products and adjust their quantity in stock to reflect the actual availability. Note that if you are going to enable filtering by wheel- and tire-related attributes for products imported from AutoSync, the quantity in stock for such products should be above zero.

  13. To enable attribute-based filtering for AutoSync products, enable the necessary attribute-based filters and enable their display in your store's wheel and tire category/-ies. See Setting up Attribute-based Product Filtering for AutoSync Integration.

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