CM Business / Product / Expert / Course Directory (CMBD, CMED, CMPD) - Import and Export With JSON And CSV
Import and Export
Business Directory sample file | Expert Directory sample file | Product Directory sample file | Course Catalog sample file
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.
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
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.
Currently, the plugins do not export CSV files.
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 field are "Title" and "Content"
File: You can download example files:
Image: This is an excerpt of one of the files, with the first eight columns visible only.