Upload a file/image

Applicable to: files and images | Skill level: easy

Goal: Upload a new file or image to your site.

Files like pdfs and jpegs must first be uploaded to Cascade before they can be used on your website.

  • These file formats should go in the _files folder: pdfs, Word docs (.doc or .docx), PowerPoints (.ppt or .pptx), Excel spreadsheets (.xls or .xlsx).
  • These file formats should go in the _images folder: .jpeg, .jpg, .tiff, .png, .gif


  1. In the New menu, go to File.

    new file

  2. Scroll down to the Data section and use the File Upload tool to choose the file on your computer that you want to upload.

    When successfully uploaded, the text "Received file:" (followed by the file name and size) will appear above the Choose File button.

    File upload

  3. At the top of the screen, enter a system name. This can either be the same as the filename (which you can cut and paste into the System name field) or a new, more keyword-rich name. The system name must include the file extension. View additional conventions for system names.

  4. Choose a Parent Folder. For most files, this will be "_files" or "_images."

  5. Fill in any Metadata you want. (A Title is minimally recommended).

  6. Submit.

UC Santa Cruz also has a step-by-step tutorial for uploading a file to Cascade. Learn more.