I am about to launch a brand new e-commerce site. Me and my associates have spent the best part of a year modifying Opencart to give us exactly what we need and although we have the ability to enter our product catalog live using the back office, my colleague seems to want to do it locally.
This is quite possible because Opencart allows you to dump the database into an sql file which can be downloaded and opened in a text editor. He wants to edit all of the products into the text file and then upload it to Opencart on our server. However, this text-file is confusing to look at and I tend to disagree with his method here.
Obviously, after the initial upload, when we add or edit existing products, we will always use the back office but I think his thinking is just how to deal with the sheer volume of our first-time-upload.
That's why i thought I would ask the question on here to seasoned e-commerce store administrators. How did you do your initial catalog upload?
Did you do it all manually live, into the back-end or did you upload a complete database?
If you uploaded a database, which database editing software did you use?