CM Business / Product / Expert (CMBD, CMED, CMPD) / Course Catalog - Import and Export With JSON And CSV

Import and Export

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You can download example CSV files for each plugin:
Business Directory sample fileExpert Directory sample fileProduct Directory sample file | Course Catalog sample file

Business DirectoryProduct Directory, Expert Directory and Course Catalog allow you to import and export the directory content to either JSON or CSV files. 

This guide will use CM Business Directory Pro screenshots as examples, but the process is the same for all three plugins.

What is This Feature

Exported content includes every field of the items, even custom ones. Handling this data with external programs is useful for quick editing or to backing it up while making sure it can then be accessed from another location easily. 

Learn more about these two formats through their Wikipedia articles: JSON and Comma-separated Values (CSV).

To use this feature, navigate to CM Directory Pro → Import/Export.

JSON Import and Export

The Business Directory content can be stored, exported, and imported back using a JSON file.

Supported JSON Operations

Download backup: Download the existing file from the last backup to your computer. If you want the latest content please do a backup first before downloading

Backup to JSON: Do a backup operation (without downloading). File will be saved at a specified URL.

Import from JSON: Import a file which was saved using the JSON format. This is useful for moving your directory between servers or to restore an old copy

CSV File Import/Export

CSV, or comma-separated values, are files that can be read by either Text Editors or Spreadsheet Editors, such as Microsoft Excel and Numbers. It is recommended to handle them as tables by opening them with a Spreadsheet Editor.

Export to CSV: Download the existing file from the last backup to your computer.

Import from CSV: Import a file which was saved using the CSV format. This is useful for moving your directory between servers or to restore an old copy. Note: "post_title" and "post_content" fields is required so please do not remove from CSV while import.

The plugin provides a sample file that you can download to test importing.

Notes on format:

  • Files should be UTF-8 encoded (not UTF-8 BOM, ANSI, Unicode or others!)

  • If you use MS Excel, please remember that by default it can't save proper CSV format (comma-delimited) - see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article
  • All the fields which can contain commas must be enclosed in quotes! (To be 100% safe, enclose each field in quotes)
  • The only mandatory fields are Title (post_title) and Content (post_content)


File: You can download example files: 

Image: This is an excerpt of one of the files, with the first eight columns visible only.

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