Generic All Products Export With Volusion API

Volusion’s API is a powerful tool to enable both Volusion users and developers to easily integrate Volusion with 3rd party web services and applications. Until now, Volusion API users have been required to access the Volusion API with administrator authentication to have 3rd party applications retrieve XML information from Volusion stores. Volusion API’s Generic Products Export feature however gives users greater flexibility and security in accessing Volusion XML data and implementing it with services and applications – particularly social networking and Web 2.0 services such as Myspace, Facebook and more!

Accessing the Generic Featured Products Export

Users can access the generic product export functions through the main Voluison API access page. In the Volusion Admin Page click on the Import/Export link under the Inventory tab to find the link to the Volusion API page.

Enabling generic exports is easy. Simply click the check box of each of the two exports you wish to enable (you can enable one or simultaneously both of the generic exports). Click the save button next to each export option to engage this setting within your Volusion store

Generating the Export

  • The All Products Export, when enabled, will generate a full XML-based layout of your store’s products.
  • This export is more robust than the Featured Products export and includes not only all product information but the categories, option categories and product options associated with each product in the export.
  • The fields provided using this export are as follows:

    ProductCode
    StockStatus
    ProductName
    ProductDescription
    ProductDescriptionShrt
    ProductNameShort
    FreeShippingItem
    RecurringStartPrice
    RecurringStartDuration
    RecurringPrice
    RecurringHowOften
    RecurringDuration
    ProductPrice
    ListPrice
    SalePrice
    TaxableProduct
    Availability
    Accessories
    SetupCost
    ProductWeight
    ProdcutManufacturer
    ProductFeatures
    TechSpecs
    ExtInfo
    CategoryID
    CategoryName
    AlternateURL
    CategoryDescriptionSHORT
    CategoryDescription
    CategoryDescripotion_BelowProducts
    OptionCategoryID
    HeadingGroup
    OptionCategoriesDesc
    IsRequired
    DisplayType
    OptionID
    OptionDesc
    PriceDiff
    RecurringPriceDiff
    SetupCostDiff
    OptionsDesc_SideNote

  •  Actual access to the generated XML itself is gained through a URL generated by the system.
  • The URL format for this XML export will be:
HTTP://www.yourdomain.com/net/webservice.aspx?api_name=generic\all_products

Note that "www.yourdomain.com" refers to the actual domain name of your Volusion store.

Also note that products marked as Hidden or Private Section within the Advanced Info section of a product will not be exported.

Other Features and Notices

The All Products Export Feature of the API are basic functions that are auto-generated by the Volusion system. Once generated, the XML code is updated automatically on a regularly, timed basis. The auto-update takes place at 12:00 AM US Central Standard Time.

 There is however a manual override to this auto-update. Located next to each generic export option is a Reset button. This Reset option will manually update the XML export. We recommend using this option only if major updates to the product database have been made and it is imperative that these changes be updates to any instances of the Generic Exports currently in use.

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