This is the 3rd part of 'Client overview' article. You can read the 2nd part about the other settings in Editing client here.

Data source

Data source is a new way of importing jobs. After setting this up, you can create jobs using ‘From Scan’ or ‘Sync from Source’.

To set up a data source, click the sub-menu "Data Source" and hit "Add".

You will then have the option to add information for the method you will be using. And I will go over them one by one with you.

  • Name: Your data source name

  • Method: We now support 5 ways to upload your data: FTP - Google cloud - Amazon S3 - Feed URL - File upload

  • Protocol: Choose a suitable network protocol from FTP (File transfer protocol) - SFTP (SSH file transfer protocol) - SFTP (SSH file transfer protocol with private key)

  • Port: Controlled port

  • Host: Where do you draw the data

  • Username: Your username in the host

  • Password: Your password for the username

  • File path: Where is your file located

  • File type: We supported 3 file types CSV - JSON - XML

  • CSV delimiter: You can choose either Comma - Semicolon - TAB character - Other to separate the data.

  • Frequency: You can decide how often the data source gets updated automatically. It can be either Hourly - Daily - Weekly - Monthly. If you choose ‘monthly’ you will have to decide which day of the month. If you choose ‘weekly’ you will have to decide which day of the week.

  • Hour in day: Which hour in the day that the data gets updated.

  • Minute in hour: Which minute in the day that the data gets updated.

There are also 2 tick boxes if you want to keep the imported products and samples updated and allow delta update from the data source. Delta files are files that contain only the changes since the last file upload. The delta files can be used to Add products - Update existing products - Delete products - Deactivate/ Activate products…

Note:

  • The delta file should not be bigger than 50 MB.

  • The delta file must have the same file name as the original file in this format: "original filename" + "_" + a number that keeps growing.

  • The delta file must have the same columns as the original file.

After putting in all the information, click ‘Save’. You will then be able to do these actions on an existing data source.

  • Mapping column: Similar action when you upload a file to import new jobs.

  • Refresh now: To manually refresh the data Creative Force pulls from a data source at any time

  • Edit: Edit the information of the data source

  • Copy data source ID

  • Enable/ Disable

  • Delete

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