Not really a problem, but trying to understand the current (limitations of) the system. And a suggestion…
In collection lists you can upload image URL’s via CSV. Entering a image url isn’t possible otherwise. (but would be a great addition!)
What I thougt would happen is that Webflow reads the image from the URL. So when I change the source image on the URL (i upload images to a public html) I figured the image would change as well on Webflow, as the URL linked now shows a different image…
But than I found that Webflow actually downloads all images from the URL and hosts them on the webflow servers. So when you upload a CSV with URLs, it’s basically a quick way to upload a lot of images to Webflow…
But images uploaded with URL/CVS do not appear in the Assets panel, so images that Webflow uploads by taking URLS from a CSV are added to an image collection that is not accesible through the assets panel (Am I right?)
So If I understand correctly…
Using CSV/URL’s is not linking the image from the URL somewhere on the webflow page. It downloads the image and places it in an unreachable asset collection somewhere on the site?
I think this could be improved in a couple of ways.
- Create an folder in the Assets panel for uploaded images - so you can reuse them
- Create an option to use external images via URL
- Make it possible to add image URL’s without using CSV
You can enter an image url in the file uploader that depends on your device/operating system.
CSV upload to CMS is specifically for use in collections it is not about a quick way or a replacement for the assets panel. You can upload multiple images in a batch to the assets panel too (again may depend on the file uploader prompt on your device).
To access the images in the collection you need to use a collection list element and connect the image field to an element in your design.
Hope that helps to clarify some of your questions.
thanks for your reply, I understand what your saying allthough it’s not my issue…
An hypothetical example:
If I use csv to upload a bunch of products with pictures. I can use the images inside a collection list, but ONLY inside a collection list. If i would want to use the same image somewhere else, which for reasons isn’t logical to use a collection list, I have to upload the same image again.
I’m running Windows and Chrome and seemingly not able to upload a regular image via url, so getting the url from the image uploaded to the webflow database via CSV isn’t an option. I have to add the image manually to my assets, meaning I have to upload the same image twice to Webflow to be able to use it within and outside a collection list.
This seems illogical to me, so my suggestion was:
Why can’t images uploaded to collection lists be available in the assets panel?
Ideally automatically create a folder with the collection list name with all the images attached.
I get your point, I agree it doesn’t seem very efficient duplicating images for use in/outside a collection.
Did you add this request to the wishlist? Looks like it is being actively managed now and this is valid feedback.