Adding Pictures to Your Catalog
This guide describes how pictures are added to your products and product categories.
How Happy Catalog handles pictures
Pictures that you want to add to your products need to be available on the Internet so that you can link to them from your catalog. To add a picture to a product, enter the URL of the picture into the "picture url" field on your product. The same goes for product categories.
If your pictures are not available on the Internet
If you have your own web site, you can put your pictures there and link to them. If not, there are a lot of services available on the Internet that lets to upload pictures and link to them, and many of them are free.
You can for example use DropBox wich is a free service to use. We have created two guides, describing how to use DropBox with Happy Catalog. One that describes how to install and use DropBox from a computer like Windows, Mac or Linux you find it here:
The other one describes how to do the same thing from a web browser, you find it here:
How to get the picture URL
The procedure to get the url of a picture differs a little depending on which web browser and operating system you use. The picture below shows how to get the picture url when running Microsoft Windows and Google Chrome:
- Go to the webpage showing the image you want to use
- Right-click the picture and select "Copy image URL"
The URL will in most cases end with ".jpg" or ".png". To make sure that the url is valid, you can open a new browser tab and paste the url in the address bar. If the url is ok, only the image will be shown:
A common mistake with picture URLs
If you are using some kind of third party service for hosting your images (such as Dropbox, Skydrive or Flickr) you need to make sure that the url points directly to the picture and not to a web page. Many of these services provides a function to share your picture and gives you a url. In many cases this url leads to a webpage that shows your picture instead of the picture is self. That kind of url does not work.
You will need to find the url that points directly to your picture. How you do that depends on which service you use. This problem is highlighted in our DropBox guide, and you might find this guide useful even if you are using some other service for storing your pictures.