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Uploading Product Images

Before talking about uploading images, you may be interested in using the Stock Data we have available. It only works though if you use ISBNs with your inventory listings. Have a look at your store as the administration:

Login -> Administration -> Inventory (top menu) -> Stock Data (left menu)

You may upload an unlimited number of images for each item in your inventory. You must specify that you want to use multiple images and how you want them displayed on the product detail page. To do so:

Login -> Administration -> Inventory -> Enable Multiple Product Images

There are three options for presenting the multiple images. You may preview how each option looks before selecting it.

There are three ways to upload images.

1. Through the Store Administration.

  • 1 - Enter your store administration
  • 2 - Click on "Inventory" to go to the inventory area of your store administration.
  • 3- From the inventory area of your store administration click on "View Inventory."
  • 4 - Find the book that you want to add an image and click on the title of the book.
  • 5 - Near the bottom of the update page there will be a "Save and Add Image" button.
  • 6 - Click the "Save and Add Image" button.
  • 7 - On the "Add Item Image" page there will be a field that provides the ability to upload an image.
  • 8 - Click "Browse" to select the image to upload.
  • 9 - Click the "Save" button near the bottom of the page.
  • 10 - A summary page will display. At the bottom of that page is a link "Click Here to Manage Your Additional Images for this Item"

Click that link and repeat steps 8 and 9 above.

The summary page will appear again with the same options.

Uploading through the administration will change the name of the file you upload to avoid conflicts wtih cached images. Be sure to check the file name if you intend to link to it somewhere else.

2. FTP Multiple Images

If you are familiar with using FTP, then you can use FTP to upload images to your listings. I would look at the FTP instructions below to upload multiple images at once.. You can get a free FTP client at

https://filezilla-project.org/

You would need the client, not the server.

Images uploaded by FTP are linked to your correct listing based upon the name of the image and the Seller ID of your item. For example, an image with a name of 1234.jpg will be added to your listing with Seller ID of 1234. You can find the FTP settings for uploading images in the "Upload" section of your store administration. Place these images in the images folder of your FTP account.

The primary image is the image that is named with the seller id, such as 1234.jpg above. This is the image that will display in the search results, featured items, and new items functions.

Additional images for an item simply add the extension _imageNumberOfImage.jpg. So to upload four images for your item with Seller ID:

1234, the images would be named as follows:
1234.jpg (the primary image)
1234_image1.jpg
1234_image2.jpg
1234_image3.jpg

Or

1234.jpg (the primary image)
1234_1.jpg
1234_2.jpg
1234_3.jpg

You must upload a primary image (an image without the images# extension in the file name) as one of the images for the item.

You may also upload images by ISBN. Place images uploaded named by ISBN in the book_images_by_isbn folder of you FTP account. You may also upload multiple images by ISBN. The naming conventions apply for multiple images.

3. In Your Inventory File

If your inventory file has an images entry, you may assign multiple images in that one field by separating the images with a semicolon (;).

For example, to upload images you have hosted somewhere else you would specify these images in that one field as follows:

http://www.SomePlace.com/path/to/images/imagename.extension; http://www.SomePlace.com/path/to/images/anotherimagename.extension; http://www.SomePlace.com/path/to/images/athirdimagename.extension

* Please note: This appears to be over multiple lines in this newsletter but in your inventory file it would be one entry on one line in that one image field.

Do not include a beginning semicolon (;) or an end semicolon (;).

The first image in this field, the one before the first semicolon, is the primary image. This is the image that will display in the search results, featured items, and new items functions.

Stores that use inventory programs that send multiple images (such as booktrakker), the upload process handles each image field uploaded for that item's record. Again, the first image encountered in that item's record is the primary image. Images uploaded by FTP are linked to your correct listing based upon the name of the image and the Seller ID of your item. For example, an image with a name of 1234.jpg will be added to your listing with Seller ID of 1234.

You can find the FTP settings for uploading images in the "Upload" section of your store administration. Place these images in the images folder of your FTP account. You can upload all your image files at one time if you like.

I hope this has helped!

Sincerely,

Jaymes H. Sorbel
ChrisLands.com


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