All of our set up guides for channels that use a CSV file mention that the file can be automated to an FTP. Here's a quick guide to what an FTP is and what it can do to help you automate Tradebox.
File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, is a method of transferring files from one location to another. For our purposes, it refers to a location accessible over the internet via an address starting ftp://
Note - addresses starting ftps:// (FTP with SSL) or sftp:// (secure FTP/SSH FTP) are not currently supported by Tradebox. Support for these protocols is on our roadmap for future development.
Tradebox doesn't provide the FTP location for you to use with Tradebox. If you don't already use an FTP for anything, the company that hosts your website will be normally able to set one up for you. Alternatively, try searching the web for FTP hosts.
You can view and download files from your FTP using a web browser like Google Chrome, but normally adding or amending files on FTP requires an FTP application like Filezilla.
An FTP isn't necessary for a CSV channel in Tradebox, but they're often used in conjunction with a script or cron job on your webstore that will automatically generate the CSV file containing the orders and store it on the FTP location at a certain interval, e.g. hourly. Tradebox will then check this location as part of its normal routine and when it detects a new file, download it and read the orders. In short, if you want Tradebox to perform an unmanned download without a user needing to do anything, you'll need an FTP server.
If you don't have or don't want to use an FTP with Tradebox that's perfectly fine, you'd just have one extra step to do in the download process by making sure a copy of the order file goes in to your In Folder; exactly how that's done varies from system to system but it normally means a user logging in to the admin controls of your webstore and running a data export; they'd then download that file to the PC running Tradebox and move it to the In folder designated within the sales channel.