The complete guide to connect Akeneo PIM to your online translation solution

#Understand Akeneo PIM

To become an Akeneo PIM master, we have many different tools to help you!

#Versions and editions

First, it is crucial for you to understand that Akeneo PIM comes in all shapes and sizes, depending on its version and edition.

To know more about the different PIM versions, don't hesitate to consult our blog on our PIM release cycle.

You can also consult our release notes and our "new key features released" page to understand what are our latest Akeneo supported versions and their brand new features.

Then, in order to understand our different editions and their capabilities, you can consult our compare editions page on our website.

#PIM features and data model

Let's play with Akeneo PIM!

It is crucial to understand the PIM features and data model in order to create a great online translation connector.

The best way to become an expert at Akeneo PIM is to play with it!
You can access our Akeneo PIM Community Edition demo platform (login/password: admin / admin).

Please note that this Akeneo PIM CE demo instance is for exploratory purposes only and will only allow you to start getting familiar with Akeneo PIM. This instance is reset frequently and is therefore not intended to be used to build a connector.

If you need an Akeneo PIM Enterprise Edition instance to start developing your connector, please contact us.

#Acquire PIM knowledge

First of all, we advise you to take a look at our Helpcenter where you'll find a lot of documentation about all our features.

Then, if you feel like it wasn't enough, we designed a comprehensive training program to share everything we know about Akeneo PIM. As you can see, we got you covered as well with our training sessions. Don't hesitate to register!

Before you actually start coding to develop your online translation connector, here is a selection of PIM concepts you'll need to master:

#PIM product data that can be translated

Now that you have a good overview and knowledge of Akeneo PIM, you are probably wondering what types of PIM data you can take into account here.

It is now crystal clear for you that, Akeneo PIM is a powerful and flexible tool that can be structured in so many different ways to meet customer needs.

For example, a PIM product structure can be different from one product to another: each type of product has its own family.

Some product attributes may be "localizable" (different attribute values for each PIM locale) AND/OR "scopable" (different attribute values for each PIM channel).

To find out which Akeneo product attribute types to take into account, please consult first our PIM attribute types list.

In order to help you, here is the localizable text attribute type list we recommend you to use:

Product attribute type Comments
Text
Text area This attribute can be declared as a "rich" text (with some HTML tags )
Simple select This attribute contains option IDs but these options can be localizable
Multiple select This attribute contains option IDs but these options can be localizable