Batch uploading images

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This article assumes you have FTP access to your server and have already uploaded your files to the server where your Smartest installation is located.

If you haven't already done so, please log into your server and place images in: Public/Resources/Images/

While this article is about importing images, it can be applied to the import of any other real files into Smartest - the process is identical.

1. Choose files

Now you are ready to start. Go to the from page of the Media library by clicking 'Media library' in the left-hand navigation, and then look for "Detect newly uploaded files" over on the right.

This will bring you to a list of the files that are physically on the server, but have not yet been imported into Smartest's media library yet.

Use the checkboxes to indicate which files you would like to import.

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Click "Continue" at the bottom of this screen, and you'll be taken to the next screen, where you'll input some minimal detail on the files before they are imported.

2. Add file meta-data

Each file will need a label a free text field that can contain spaces, mixed case, symbols, or punctuation - it is not the name of the file as it will be accessed, but is simply how you will see the file referred to in the Smartest user interface. Smartest will try to suggest a label for each file, based on the filename, but you are free to add your own.

If there are file groups already in existence, Smartest will allow you to add the file to these groups at this stage, which saves you a lot of time later on. Simply click the group names so that they turn orange, and the new file will be added to the selected group when it is imported.

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Smartest will also ask you if you would like to share the file, and if you would like to archive it. Sharing means making the file available to any other websites you have hosted within the same Smartest installation, using the multi-site function of Smartest. If you leave this unchecked, the files you import will only be visible in the site you are currently editing. Archiving a file means that it will not show at all in dropdowns and other file selection processes. This is useful for where you have already made functional use of a file that is not really part of the content of your site - for example, spacer GIFs, background images used in CSS and other practical uses.

Now click "Finish" at the bottom of the screen, and your files will be imported into Smartest.