You definitely have to read the docs, but it has never let me down.
This plugin supports more wordpress features than any other csv importer that I could find (custom post types, custom taxonomies, custom fields).
My only request would be that the plugin author add some hooks to the source code! I have been working for hours on customizing the formatting of the data that gets imported, and have been able to do almost everything using really roundabout hook methods. I'm on the last task I need to do, and it turns out I will need to edit the source code of the plugin. A hook to filter the post before it's inserted, and hooks before and after the import would have saved me tons of time.
Otherwise this plugin works great!
Lots of trouble getting this plugin to work, but I kept coming back to it because it's the only one which seems to deal with custom taxonomies, and allows you to specify the post plug, both features I needed in my application. In the final analysis, it is working, and I am very pleased.
The plugin's philosophy is "follow my format". You need to label the columns the way it needs them labeled. This is slightly inconvenient: it would be nicer if you could map your column headings to theirs. This is why I downgraded to **** instead of 5.
A lot of my issues, I believe, are due to my working on a Mac. The native MAC csv files that Excel 2008 wants to generate are not compatible with what this plugin wants; the program purports to output windows-style and dos-style CSVs as well, but none seemed to work.
It was tough to figure out a process that worked. Open Office on the Mac didn't really help: files which included quotes just weren't being escaped properly. At one point I was uploading an ODS file to a MySQL table, and then exporting a CSV using phpMyAdmin. The resulting CSV file would upload via the CSV Importer properly as long as I selected the correct CSV file format variant at export-time (phpMyAdmin gives you at least 3 different ones and I frankly forget which permutation worked: but one did).
The problem is that I wanted my CLIENT to be able to do this, and I thought this was pushing things. Ultimately I realized I could run Excel 2007 under Windows and it would generate an acceptable CSV. The client is a Windows shop anyway, so should be OK.
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