eContent supports a staging area. The product catalog can exist either as a live version which is used for the customer, or a staging (temporary) version, which can be used for staging and importing purposes.
eZ Commerce offers tools to switch between the production and staging versions.
Depending on your import strategy, you can set up a staging system in the following ways:
You can make a full import to temporary tables without modifying the production system. This strategy supports large product catalogs as well. After importing data the result of the import can be checked (e.g. number of products compared between the live and temporary tables) and, depending on the results, the new catalog can be made live.
You can make a delta update, which directly uses the production system.
Import SQL data¶
The staging system can be used for emergency situations as well. If a product catalog encounters issues (legacy issues, wrong data or structure), an SQL dump from past imports can be imported without interrupting the production system.
Live and staging areas¶
Create an index for the new products (temporary area). The following command indexes the data from the temporary tables to a temporary core:
Use a SiteAccess (default:
import) for the indexing process. The SiteAccess import should cover:
- all languages used in eContent (see
- by default, the table set for this SiteAccess is configured to use the temporary tables
The product import can, for example, use the temporary tables. The import process does not stop the production system. It still uses the production version.
Switching between temporary and live versions¶
After the import, you must switch the database tables and Solr cores. Execute the following commands:
Depending on the project, you should purge the HTTP cache for the product catalog.