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. Click the Add Content button.

    new file

  2. Select File.

    Select File in the Add Content menu.

  3. Locate the section with the words"Drop file(s) here or choose some from your computer."

    • drag a file from your local computer and drop it anywhere within the box with the dashed outline, or
    • click anywhere in the box to navigate to the file on your computer that you will use to replace the existing one

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

    File upload

  4. At the top of the screen, enter a File Name. You can choose to keep the default name, which will be the name of the uploaded file, or use a new, more keyword-rich name. The system name must include the file extension. View additional conventions for file names.

  5. Choose a Placement Folder. For most files, this will be "_files" or "_images."

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

  7. Save & Preview. Then Submit your changes.

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