Categories and tags come by default in WooCommerce and are a critical piece to your clients site’s organization and navigation. If you consider them important in any WordPress site, think physical store and you will see how they play an important role in your WooCommerce site.
In addition, if you are using the Brands extension, the same goes for that custom taxonomy.
Whether you are moving them for a complete site migration, or you have dozens of them that can be used for a new store, moving them should be an easy task.
Exporting and Importing Taxonomies with WP All Import
With the WooCommerce add-on, you will see that all three are listed as options. Since each one of these follow the same steps, I will only be going through the process of migrating categories. I will point out anything that is specific to a single taxonomy.
Note that the plugin does have full support for nested/hierarchical categories and category images, with term meta as an option.
For the specific post type, I will choose Taxonomies and I’ll find Brands, Product categories and Product tags.
I have only 14 product categories, but the process is the same for any amount.
You can also customize your export using filter options.
You can fine-tune the export even more with the data drag-and-drop for those taxonomies.
The necessary data are already filled in for me, so I will click on the Migrate Products. There is one more step as I confirm the export: the option to export now or schedule it. Additionally, I can set it to export categories only once.
Once the export is completed, I will take the easier option of downloading the bundle. You can also export on a schedule with options to send your exports to external apps with Zapier. You can bulk edit your products as well.
As I mentioned previously, with Brands and Tags you go through the exact same steps.
Importing Your WooCommerce Taxonomies to a New Site
As you can see, on my new site I have no product categories.
I choose upload a file, as I exported the bundled file from WP All Import.
After it’s uploaded, I can skip to step 4 as I had everything all set when I exported the file.
Before I do the final import, I can view all my records, plus several options around syncing my imports as well as some advanced settings. I have nothing to change so I will continue with the import.
Next is a summary before I confirm and run import.
Import will be confirmed with a detailed log.
And if we were to check out product categories, you can see all of them have been imported.
It’s really that simple. And you would use the same steps for other WooCommerce taxonomies. If you are looking to migrate WooCommerce Product Categories, Tags and Brands into a new store, check out WP All Imports.
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