I have a database of 30,000+ government agencies and want to create a Channel Entry for each. My initial thought would be to create a Channel Field for all the data, then use an import extension to populate the Channel Fields.

I've never had to deal with large numbers of Channel Entries so I wonder if this is a sound approach or may there be another way. Regards

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Yes, that is a sound approach. Create a Channel for your your government agencies with the necessary Custom Fields to hold data. Then use a data import module to map the data to appropriate Channel Fields and import the records as Channel entries. There are two good add-ons for this: DataGrab and Importer.

If you run into issues with running out of PHP memory and timing out you may need to break the import up into batches.

  • I'm very proficient with MySQL, is it possible to import directly to the db with phpMyAdmin? Feb 11, 2015 at 15:51
  • It's possible to use SQL to insert all the records, sure. You just need to make sure you hit all the necessary tables (at a minimum channel_titles and channel_data) and appropriate fields obviously. Another option is to use the Channel Entries API
    – Alex Kendrick
    Feb 11, 2015 at 16:00
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    I wouldn't recommend using any type of export/import from MySQL, since you would have to manually make sure that foreign keys all match up properly. That would require a deep knowledge of EE's schema and would be error prone, or require scripting, the latter of which has already been done for you by the two add-ons linked in this answer. Feb 11, 2015 at 21:34
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    I have done the import manually (and survived). Use the addons. ;) Feb 13, 2015 at 14:44

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