eContent is a storage provider for eZ Commerce which can store product data in a very efficient way. It allows to store data (mostly for products and product groups) in a database tables with a simple structure.
During the import the database tables are filled and the eContent data provider and eContent factory are there to get the information from the database and create catalog elements.
eZ Commerce uses an almost generic way to access the catalogue. The catalogue can be stored in eZ or in eContent.
Nevertheless if eContent is used there are a few restrictions which have to be considered:
It depends on the requirements of the customer to decide which provider should be used. The following table compares the main features:
|Interface for editing|
|Simple segmentation feature|
|Extended segmentation feature|
|Fast imports (e.g. from PIM)|
|Supports large catalogs|
|Staging feature (live and tmp space)|
econtent has a lot of features. If you want to get into the topic as fast as possible please check these documents:
Please check important settings described in econtent - Configuration (especially in section "Important configuration for projects")