We are now releasing a Magento extension, which will allow Magento users to fetch product images directly in Razuna. This will save Magento users hours and hours of work and help keep product images completely up-to-date.
We have seen a growing interest from Magento users to have Razuna serve product images directly in Magento. Since Magento has a rather labourious interface, when it comes to handling images, we have been pondering different scenarios for some time. The reason was that we didn’t want to just integrate Razuna and let user continue to manage images in Magento, since it wouldn’t really generate the time savings that we are looking for.
So – we came up with a completely different approach, using our versatile API. We simply override the product image handling in Magento, allowing users to manage all images directly in Razuna.
Images are only stored in Razuna
With this approach, you simply store your images in Razuna and ignore the product image section in Magento. When a product is shown to a customer, either in a search, a category or on the main product view, Magento connects to Razuna and fetches all relevant product images.
So in stead of manually uploading thousands of images in Magento, sometimes even the same image on multiple products, you just upload to Razuna, add the SKU from Magento as a label and the extension handles the rest.
How much time do I save?
You will save a lot of time. It is an arduous process to attach images to products in Magento. Razuna, being a real media asset management platform, however, is designed to handle images well. So assuming you have a product with SKU: 12345 in Magento. In the old days, you would either try to import the product and relevant image(s), which requires some skill – or you would go to the product in Magento and open the Image tab. From here, you manually upload the image and decide, whether it’s the category or the main image. Once completed, you save the product.
With Razuna, all you do is add the SKU to the image in Razuna as a label. This takes seconds. You can add labels to multiple images in batch or by downloading and manipulating labels in a spreadsheet. You can even add the same label (SKU) to multiple products.
And if you have the Razuna Magento extension installed, then that’s really it. Magento will find all the images, show thumbnails etc.
What if an image changes?
You probably need to change product images from time to time. In Magento, you need to log in and manually remove the old image and upload the new on all images, which use the image.
In Razuna, you simply log in, upload the new version, and Magento is automatically updated on all matching products. Again a tremendous time saver.
Manage which image to show as category image
You can also manage category and main product images. By using the labels: Thumbnail and Main in Razuna, you can also decide which image to show in the category listing and which image to use as the main product image. These labels are simply added alongside the label with the SKU.
Easy installation in Magento
You can either download the Razuna Magento extension package here: razuna-1.0.x.tgz and upload in Magento Connect Manager, which you access from your Magento Admin. You can also get the extension directly from the Magento community.
The extension is free and you can use it with all Razuna deployments: Open source, cloud SaaS, dedicated managed server or enterprise on-premise installations.
When you install the extension, the Magento image handling is completely overridden. So if the image is not in Razuna with a label matching the SKU, it will not show in Magento.
Demo and more information
You can watch a real life demo of Razuna and Magento here: http://magento.razuna.org where there’s also additional information. You can also watch the video below to learn more.
Or watch the video below to see how it works: