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Attach documents to your pages

December 16, 2011


A new feature just made it to all UGAL websites: you can now attach documents directly to your pages. The most common document types are supported (images, PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and zip files) and you can upload as many document per page as you want. The only limitation is that each document cannot exceed 10MB.

List of documents available to a page

How to attach documents

When you edit a news article, a portfolio project page or a product page, there is now a new "Documents" tab that works pretty much like the "Photos" tab:

Upload and manage documents

From the right hand side of the page, browse for the document to upload. Give it an optional title (the file name is used if you do not provide a title) and click the "Upload File" button.

Once the document is uploaded, it will appear on the left hand side of the page. If you upload multiple documents, you can drag and drop down them to define their display order on the page.

Downloading the documents

The documents you have uploaded are listed at the bottom of the page. Clicking on the link for the document triggers a browser file download. Because UGAL sends the proper content type header to the browser, the visitor downloading the file will be prompted to open it using the software configured on his computer to handle that type of file. Fancy.

Is it the end of the filestore?

The new "Documents" feature replaces the filestore for its most common use, which is to make a document available to a single page of the website.

However, the filestore remains handy in a few cases:

  • When you want to make a file downloadable from multiple pages of your website: upload it once to the filestore and link to the file's URL from as many places as you want. Examples are generic documents, like a PDF order form.
  • When you want to link to the document from the content area of the page, instead of from the bottom of the page where the page Documents are listed.

Secured with the intranet

Anyone who has a link to a document in your filestore can download it, which is not suitable for many websites using the intranet option. This limitation is lifted for documents uploaded on a page: visitors can download the documents associated with a page only if they have access to the page.
Your website can then become a secure document sharing platform: only people with access to the page can download the documents attached to it. Perfect to manage projects.
We are excited about this new feature. As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome:

Comment by Alan Clark

December 16, 2011 at 08:03 AM

I am also excited about this new feature. I look forward to improving and working on my website soon. I hope that I can figure out how to use this, as it sounds like just the thing I would do......only you will most likely be hearing from me, asking for help. Thanks for the update.

Comment by Jean - UGAL

December 16, 2011 at 08:09 AM

Yep, email as soon as you have a question, we are here to help!

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