Improving your product descriptions layout (when importing from a CSV)

Improving your product descriptions layout (when importing from a CSV)

Using a CSV to import products


Importing via a CSV is the most efficient method for creating lots of products in Shopit. Once you understand the CSV format, and the required information rules and parameters, you can create thousands of products very quickly.

Common HTML tags


Product Descriptions will reflect exactly what you import - and when it comes to styling them, they need HTML tags and formatting in order to look good. These tags will then pick up the stylings saved in the CSS file. The most common tags include:

<p> : paragraph tags
<h1> : Heading 1 (will often go up to Heading 6)
<strong> : bold text
<ul> and <li> : creates a bullet pointed list

The CSS file of the template (or the custom.css file if you want to overwrite styling) will then give that tag a particular style; for example:

.p {
font-size: 10px;
font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
letter-spacing: 1px;
}

Importing Product Descriptions with tags

We actually recommend importing your descriptions as plain text to begin with - this will give you an idea of the amount of text you have written, and how it looks on the page. Does it need paragraphs, or sub-headings, or bullet points?

By then using the Update Existing Products option, you can change your description styling and overwrite the layout.

Original Content:

The Chapel is a variation of the classic Hampton with its cross bracing detail in between the vertical pales. The main part of the gate is tongue and grooved match boarded and both the top and mid rails are chamfered allowing the rain to run off. The Chapel is made from Scandinavian Kiln Dried softwood which is pressure treated for durability. With a height 1067mm and a width of 915mm 915mm x 1067mm Pressure Treated in Green Scandinavian Kiln Dried Timber

Updated Content with tags:

<p>The Chapel is a variation of the classic Hampton with its cross bracing detail in between the vertical pales.</p><br><p>The main part of the gate is tongue and grooved match boarded and both the top and mid rails are chamfered allowing the rain to run off. The Chapel is made from Scandinavian Kiln Dried softwood which is pressure treated for durability.</p><br><ul><li>With a height 1067mm and a width of 915mm 915mm x 1067mm</li><li>Pressure Treated in Green Scandinavian Kiln Dried Timber</li></ul>

As displayed on the website:

The Chapel is a variation of the classic Hampton with its cross bracing detail in between the vertical pales.

The main part of the gate is tongue and grooved match boarded and both the top and mid rails are chamfered allowing the rain to run off. The Chapel is made from Scandinavian Kiln Dried softwood which is pressure treated for durability. 
  1. With a height 1067mm and a width of 915mm 915mm x 1067mm
  2. Pressure Treated in Green Scandinavian Kiln Dried Timber


Alternate Editing Options

If you are not comfortable with using HTML tags, you can always use the Product Page CMS editor to change the styling of a product description. You can select a word or line of text and choose Bold or Underline or Headline 4 from the dropdown options.

[Once done, clicking the Source button in the CMS editor will show you the HTML tags that have been created]
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