Uploading files is a fundamental feature for many web apps, from job boards to real estate websites. Whether you're dealing with images, documents, or other media types, a file uploader will enhance your user experience and website functionality. But, it can be complicated to code and design your own file uploader. No worries, we can help.
This comprehensive guide will explain how to add HTML file uploads to your web app. We’ll also show you how to use Simple File Upload for easier file uploads.
An HTML file upload button is a feature that allows users to upload files from their local system to a web server or cloud storage. A file upload button is vital for interactive websites where user-generated content is key.
Adding file uploads to your web app is essential because it enables users to contribute their content directly to your app. This capability will increase your user engagement and expand the functionality of your web app. Check out our favorite file uploading use cases below.
Job boards. Let your users drag and drop cover letters and resumes to your job board.
Events. Do you want to collect photos from event attendees? Add file uploading to your web app and allow users to share their photos directly with you!
Real estate listings. Simplify the buying and selling process for your users. Let users upload real estate listing photos directly to your web app. It saves you and your users time!
Forms. Do you need to collect surveys or feedback from your users? Add a file upload option to your web app and start collecting the data you need from your users now.
Add an input element with the type 'file' in your code. This input type will insert a file upload button into your project.
To customize the appearance of your file upload button, you’ll need to hide the default input.
Next, create a new button that your users can interact with. Feel free to change the text if you want your button to say something other than “Upload File.”
Now, add CSS to change the look and feel of your file upload button. Customize the button size, colors, or font size.
If you only want your users to upload specific image types or documents, you can limit the types of files that your file upload button will accept.
Add the ‘accept’ attribute to your input tag to specify the types of files you want your file upload button to accept.
Simple File Upload is a robust, user-friendly tool that simplifies the process of adding a file uploader to your web app. Forget about the complexities of coding and cloud storage management; Simple File Upload handles everything for you. Plus, the file uploader UI is completely customizable to match your existing website's design.
Simple File Upload also includes:
Free cloud storage. We know how difficult cloud storage is to set up and manage, so we’ve done it for you. We store your files in redundant high-security, high-availability data centers. Files are also stored across two different service providers. You can be confident that your files are safe and secure with us.
Dynamic Transformation API. Convert images on the fly with our robust image processor. Let your users upload images at any size, then bulk-resize these images before uploading them to the cloud to save storage space and costs. You can also use our Transformation API to resize images on our network before the images touch your web app. Serve images to your users at the right size, every time.
Dependable, safe file delivery. Don’t let file uploading slow down your website and frustrate your users. Deliver files faster with our built-in, global CDN.
Keep reading to learn how to use our step-by-step file builder to add file uploading to your web app in four easy steps.
Log into your Simple File Upload account.
Click "Quick Start."
Click "Create new uploader."
Select whether you want your users to upload multiple files at once or only one file at a time. Note that the single file uploader will appear in line with your web app. The multiple file uploader will appear as a popup modal. Read our article to learn more about uploading multiple files at once with Simple File Upload.
Choose the max file size you want your users to be allowed to upload.
Select what types of files you’d like your file uploader to accept. Choose from images, PDFs, documents, or all file types.
Select whether you’d like your file uploader to automatically resize images before uploading the images to cloud storage. If so, choose the resize width and height.
This option is helpful if you want to store all images uploaded to your web app at a specific size. Bulk image resizing can help save storage space and money.
View a preview of your file uploader. Remember, the file uploader UI is completely customizable! You can still change the style and colors of your file uploader.
Add the provided input tag to your web app wherever you want the uploader to appear. That’s it!
In this article, we've explored the essentials of HTML file uploads and introduced Simple File Upload. Simple File Upload is a tool that lets you upload, store, transform, and deliver user files to your web app in less than 5 minutes. It can boost the functionality of of your web app and improve your user experience.
Are you ready to upgrade your app's file uploader? Try Simple File Upload for free!