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Looking for a Wordpress plugin that can be used as a catalog for listing products, curious how people feel about the available options.  We have tens of thousands of items to list, so it needs to be able to handle that amount of content.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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What's the overall goal of the listing and why do think a plugin is needed?
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by:tbawarehouse
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The goal is to provide a catalog of all the items we sell, along with some information about each item.  It would be much easier, or more efficient, if there were a plugin that could accept a CSV or similar file and then generate the pages instead of having to write each one individually.
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Jason C. Levine earned 250 total points
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I would think you would be better off using regular posts (or a custom post type) with custom fields for information that isn't name and description.  

You could then use http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/csv-importer/ to import your data.
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by:tbawarehouse
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We're somewhat new to Wordpress, but jason I don't think the csv-importer is going to meet our needs.

We checked it out and I feel like we're leaning more towards a catalog style plugin, something like ECWID, but I'd like to get opinions on what else might work out for us.

We need the catalog to have name / title for each item in meta tags (title, description, keyword) for SEO purposes.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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but jason I don't think the csv-importer is going to meet our needs.

Okay.  How so?

We need the catalog to have name / title for each item in meta tags (title, description, keyword) for SEO purposes.

Meta keyword tags are no longer used by any search engine, so you are really just talking about the post/page title and meta description.  Any solution that creates pages or posts per item will allow you to automatically set the title and the description is either going to be the excerpt (which is why I recommend going with posts) or handled by your SEO plugin starting with the first 150 or so characters of the content.  

something like ECWID

So this goes back to my original question.  Is the overall goal to tie into a cart and e-commerce solution or to simply present a listing of products?  If e-commerce is the goal then you absolutely want to use a WordPress cart system that supports product import as products will be imported and set to custom post types.  WP E-Commerce, WooCommerce and Shopp all do it but I don't know off the top of my head if it is part of the base plugins or an add-on module.
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by:tbawarehouse
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We've gone a route somewhat similar to what you've suggested here, using custom post types and importing the data.  Thanks!
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