Site Export File Consistency

The Catalog, Customers, Inventory and Access Roles site export files are created consistently, exported in sorted order so that a diff of XML feeds is guaranteed to reveal data changes and differences. Developers work in a collaborative environment, working with and changing a common site import definition. Thus, exports provide the only way to compare the content of two instances.

Element Sort order
Categories Depth-first recursive ordering. Sibling categories are ordered by position. Unsorted categories appear at end of list ordered by name. Example: Root, JA, JB, JC, K, KA, KB,
Category refinement definitions Sorted by position
Category refinement bucket definitions Sorted by position
Category product attribute groups Sorted by position
Category product attributes Sorted by position
Category links Sorted by position
Products Sorted by SKU
Product bundled products Sorted by position
Product retail set products Sorted by position
Product product set products Sorted by position
Product options Sorted by position
Product links Sorted by position
Product variation attributes Sorted by position
Product variations Sorted by position
Shared product options Sorted by ID
Shared product option values Sorted by position
Shared variation attributes Sorted by ID
Shared variation attribute values Sorted by position
Category assignments Ordered by category name, then position (unsorted products at end), then product SKU
Recommendations Ordered by sourcetype, sourceid, targettype, typecode, position
For all business objects: Custom attributes Sorted alphabetically by ID across all attribute groups