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eZ Commerce generates the shop catalog automatically from the products and content in the installation or an ERP/PIM system.

The source of products depends on the data provider you have configured.

Data providers

Data providers define where product information is stored.

You can use one of two data providers: the content model data provider and the eContent data provider.

Content model data provider

When you use the content model data provider, each product is a Content item, stored in the Repository.

Use this data provider when you have no PIM system and a limited number of products (up to 20.000).

You can create and edit all products directly in the Back Office.

Importing products when using this data provider is time-consuming.

eContent data provider

Use the eContent data provider when you have a PIM system or an ERP which provides product information. This information can be imported quickly from the relevant system.

The catalog can contain more than 1 million products.

The products cannot be edited in the Back Office.

eContent offers a staging feature and enhanced catalog segmentation and allows imports during production and switching catalogs.

Changing data providers

See Switching the data provider to learn how to change the data provider.

Product categories

product catalog

A category represents a product group. eZ Commerce enables showing a product category page using different layouts (by default sub-categories only, products only or both on the entry page of a category). In the Back Office you can also configure if bestsellers of the group should be displayed.