I have a site we are importing into Craft (using https://github.com/boboldehampsink/import/) and it has about 10 fields setup called feature1, feature2, ... feature10 that are Plain Text. After I import them, rather than leave them all as individual text fields, is there a way to merge them into a matrix block or table field? I have the data in a CSV as well that I am using for the import.

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You can obviously perform your import directly from the CSV files (or remote database), reformat the data and then import; or import the data into temporary craft text fields and then in a separate operation, move the data in craft. Personally I would opt for the first solution to avoid the extra work of creating temp fields (and allow me to import again later if needed).

This example is for importing into a table field (importing into a matrix field would be quite different and slightly more complicated).

// loop through each row in your CSV file or results on external database query
foreach($result as $row)
    $entry = new EntryModel();
    $entry->sectionId   = 1;
    $entry->typeId      = 1;
    $entry->authorId    = 1;
    $entry->enabled     = true;

    // create temp array to store feature data
    $myTableFieldData = [];
    array_push($myTableFieldData, array("col1" => $row['feature1']));
    array_push($myTableFieldData, array("col1" => $row['feature2']));
    array_push($myTableFieldData, array("col1" => $row['feature3']));
    // ...

        'myTableFieldHandle' => $myTableFieldData,

    // if you want to check the data first before importing
    // uncomment this and comment out saveEntry below

    $success = craft()->entries->saveEntry($entry);

    if (!$success)
        $errors = $entry->getErrors();
        foreach ($errors as $error) {
            MyImportPlugin::log('Error:'.$error[0], LogLevel::Error);
        MyImportPlugin::log('Successfully saved entry "'.$entry->id.'"', LogLevel::Info);

  • Do I just save this to a .php file and add to plugin folder, or do I just run in a PHP file on its own? Never build a plugin before. I appreciate the help Douglas. Apr 8, 2015 at 15:56
  • That question is a bit more complicated. And I guess I assumed that you were already familiar with plugins. This example represents an (incomplete) method in a Service file which would be one part of your plugin. You would call this service method from either an init function in your main plugin file; via a Controller method (defined in your plugins controller file that itself would be triggered by hitting a specific url or clicking a button, etc); or from a Variable method (defined in your plugins variable's file and called from a template). Apr 8, 2015 at 16:14
  • I would suggest you start by reading the plugin documentation and/or installing a plugin template like BusinessLogic to get you started. How much data are we talking about? It might be easier to do it manually. Apr 8, 2015 at 16:14
  • 341 entries with about 10 feature fields each. Apr 8, 2015 at 16:21
  • I could merge the 10 fields in the CSV using Excel, but how can I find the array format needed for a Matrix or Table import? Apr 8, 2015 at 16:26

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