You have three options for syncing product and orders between Vend and WooCommerce, but first, let's cover a few basics.
Regardless of which syncing option you select, the linksync solution was engineered to automatically have changes synced immediately for both products and orders, so depending on the sync option you chose, within a few moments of making a change in one system, the change/s should be applied to the synced store.
How do we do this? We use a series of 'webhooks' that will inform the linked store of any changes. For example, when you make a change in WooCommerce, linksync will notify your Vend store of the change, and vice versa.
Be sure to follow the recommendations below for your chosen syncing option. If you don't follow the follow our recommendations, your WooCommerce and Vend stores will get out of sync quickly.
If you have any questions about the best syncing option for your business, let us know and we'll step you through it.
Product Sync Options
linksync provides three syncing options for keeping your Vend and WooCommerce stores in sync:
- Vend to WooCommerce
- WooCommerce to Vend
Each option is explained in more detail below, along with the required steps to get you up and running ASAP for each.
With this option product data is kept in sync between both systems, so changes to products and inventory can be made in either your WooCommerce or Vend store and those changes will be synced to the other store within a few moments.
This is the simplest option for keeping your WooCommerce or Vend stores in sync as you don't need to enable an Order Sync method to keep both stores in sync - direct product updates, as well as changes to inventory resulting from orders, are immediately synced to the linked store, so your product data is always up-to-date, based on the Product Sync options you select.
Vend to WooCommerce
With this option, Vend is the 'master' when it comes to managing product and inventory, and product updates are one-way, from Vend to WooCommerce - product and inventory data does not update back to Vend from WooCommerce.
So depending on the Product Sync options you select, product quantity and pricing will be set in Vend, and WooCommerce will follow.
WooCommerce to Vend
With this option, WooCommerce is the 'master' when it comes to managing product and inventory, and product updates are one-way, from WooCommerce to Vend - product and inventory data does not update back to WooCommerce from Vend.
So depending on the Product Sync options you select, product quantity and pricing will be set in WooCommerce, and Vend will follow.
Use the Disable option to prevent any product syncing from taking place between your Vend and WooCommerce stores.
Order Sync Options
Enabling Order Syncing is optional if you're using Two-way product syncing - it's not necessary to enable an option here - do so only if you want to consolidate all orders received from either your WooCommerce or Vend store in one store.
If on the other hand, you're using either Vend to WooCommerce or WooCommerce to Vend then you'll need to enable order syncing to ensure both stores stay in sync.
Unlike Product Sync options, there is no 'two-way' option for syncing orders.
WooCommerce to Vend
If you're using the Vend to WooCommerce product syncing option, then you need to enable this option so that any sales in WooCommerce are synced to Vend - this ensures that the inventory levels in Vend are updated based on any orders entered in WooCommerce. See Order Sync Settings for options regarding the syncing of WooCommerce order data to Vend.
Vend to WooCommerce
If you're using the WooCommerce to Vend product syncing option, then you need to enable this option so that any sales in Vend are synced to WooCommerce - this ensures that the inventory levels in WooCommerce are updated based on any orders entered in Vend. See Order Sync Settings for options regarding the syncing of Vend order data to WooCommerce.
Use the Disable option to prevent any orders syncing between Vend and WooCommerce stores. This is the default setting if you're using Two-way product syncing, as this option does not require order syncing.