Bulk Product Editor FAQs

What fields can the Bulk Product Editor app modify?

The app can modify over 30 product and variant fields, saving you hours. A complete list of all fields is available here.

Additionally, most of these fields can be edited dynamically. For example, you can do things like:

  • Set the compare price to be 20% above the price field, and round it
  • Set the product's title to be the product's vendor + product type
  • Search/replace in the product descriptions to add text on shipping policies

I have a list of SKUs and prices; how can I update them at one time?

You can upload a list of products to edit in either the CSV or Excel format, and the Bulk Product Editor app will update them all at once. To learn more, check out our article about editing products with a CSV or Excel upload.

What happens if I run two edits at once?

You can use the Bulk Product Editor app to run multiple edits simultaneously. Usually, this will not cause a problem; just keep in mind that there may be conflicts where two different edits try to edit the same field of a product at the same time.

Additionally, running multiple edits at the same time will cause each edit to run a little slower. This is because Shopify limits the number of requests per second that the Bulk Product Editor app can make to your store.

Can I edit multiple fields at once?

You can use the spreadsheet edit function in the Bulk Product Editor app to edit multiple fields at once. All you need is an identifying column (usually SKU) and columns for each of the fields you want to edit.

Can I modify product fields using data from other fields?

You can use "placeholders" from other fields to modify certain product fields. For example, if you wanted to add the vendor and SKU to the beginning of all your product descriptions, you would use the vendor and SKU placeholder to add to the beginning of the description field.

Why do the permissions needed for the app include access to order data?

Shopify has a number of different permissions related to orders, and the one that the app requests is the 'read_fulfillments' permission. This allows us to see the different fulfillment services that a store uses so that you can edit them through the app. 

Unfortunately, this can cause some confusion as to the message you are shown sounds as if the app needs access to customer data. However, the app can't see any orders or customer information from your store.

We try to develop our apps requesting the minimum permissions necessary (we don't want to be like those 'free' apps that want all your order data). If you have any other questions about permissions, please email us at support@ablestar.com.

Does this app affect my page speed? Will it slow down my site?

No, the Ablestar Bulk Product Editor will not slow down your site or affect your page speed. The types of Shopify applications that could slow down your website are generally customer-facing; reviews, social proof, rewards etc.. These apps work by adding extra code to the HTML of your store and may cause it to take longer to load.

The Bulk Product Editor doesn't make any changes to your theme or inject any code onto your store (it doesn't even have the necessary API permissions to do so) therefore installing it won't affect your page speed.

How long are edit logs saved for? 

Edit logs are saved for between 60 and 180 days depending on your plan.

How long can an edit run for?

Depending on the number of products most edits will complete within minutes or a few hours. In exceptional cases (for example editing lots of metafields on hundreds of thousands of products) edits can take longer. If an edit takes longer than four days to run it's possible that it might time out. In this case we recommend splitting the edit into smaller sections so they complete faster.

Can I schedule an edit? 

Yes, you can schedule an edit using both the in-app editor and the spreadsheet edit function. You can also have the edit undo itself at a specific time. This makes it easier to run sales that run for a limited time.

Can I export an audit log? 

The audit logs for the Bulk Product Editor app are exportable spreadsheets that show all the edits that have taken place in your store. This can be useful to keep track of which edits were run when you have a team of people working in the app. Audit logs are available for 60 days.

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