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  • V6 CYO Zipping and Upload Tutorial

    V6 CYO zipping and upload tutorial

    This tutorial will explain how to prepare your .zip file for upload, how the CYO feature works and how to upload an item or a collection to the site.

    First thing's first: you can find the CYO feature on the main site, left hand side toolbar, under Shop.
    Clicking on Create Your Own will take you to the following window:

    If this is your first time attempting CYO, please read through the Guidelines. Have a look at the Layer Info as well in order to familiarize yourself with layer order, costs and maximum file sizes.

    In order to upload items, you must add them to a .zip file (create an archive of your files/folders). A free .zip maker is 7zip (download here).
    However, not any .zip file will do. The file you submit must be a .zip file containing the items you want to upload, grouped in folders corresponding to their layer type. For the first couple of times and until you get used to it, we recommend downloading our template zip file by clicking the blue "template zip file" as highlighted below:

    This will prompt a download and you will be able to access and edit the .zip template. Once downloaded, it should look something like this:

    If you open the .zip template, you will see all the different layer types available on the website:

    Since I will be uploading only a dress and a handbag (as shown in the image below), I deleted all other layer folders.
    To do this, simply select the folders you don't need and press delete.

    The CYO template .zip will work just fine if you do the same, you don't have to keep all the layer folders in there.
    Just make sure to keep the folders for the layers you want to upload.

    Once your .zip template is tailored to your needs, it's time to add the items you want to upload to their corresponding folders. You can upload any number of items at the same time, irrespective of colors and layer types.
    Please note: you need to use a .zip file with folders irrespective of the number of items you want to upload. You will have to do the same for 1 or 100 items.

    For your .zip file to be accepted and upload as intended, it's very important that you add all layers of one particular type to its corresponding folder.
    For example, I added the dress I want to upload to the dresses folder and the bag to the handbags folder as shown below. If I had 10 dresses to upload, the process would be the same: I would add them all in the same "dresses" folder.
    Please note I'm working directly in the template .zip as highlighted by the folder path below, in both cases:

    Another way to do this is to simply create the .zip file yourself. You need to group your items in folders corresponding to the layer types. Once that's done, simply select the files you want to add to your .zip, right click and select "Send to compressed (zipped) folder". This will automatically create your archive.

    Please note that the folder names need to be identical to the layer names as they are written in the Layer Info part of the CYO section. For example: if you want to upload a new pose, you will add the bodies to a folder named "body", not "bodies", not "pose". If you use any other name for the "body" folder, the system will reject your .zip and you will not be able to upload it.

    Once your .zip is created, you can rename it as you see fit. The system will accept it even if it has a different name than "template_cyo".

    Ready? Okay, now let's head over to the Create Your Own section of the website. You need to scroll down until you get past the Guidelines and see the image below. In order to upload your .zip you need to do two things:
    1. check the box on the left, confirming that your items don't violate copyright laws
    2. choose the file you want to upload
    For number 2, click on Choose file and select the .zip file you want to upload. Once both steps above are complete, click on Next.

    The next thing you should see is the Collection Details screen as shown below.
    This screen will give you some important info regarding the cost of your upload (highlighted below).

    At this point you're able to do a couple of things:
    1. Name your collection - pretty self explanatory, whatever name you type in there will be automatically added to all the items you're uploading this time around
    2. Add Global Tags - whatever you type down in there will be associated to all the items you're uploading
    Quick tip: for global tags, try adding something that applies to the entire collection, like the pose name (July, Coco, etc.) and maybe the style of the collection (punk, princess, 80s, etc.). In order to add multiple tags, you simply need to separate them by a comma.

    Once you're done, click Next. You've reached the final and most important step, the Final Touches page!

    This is the place where you can edit each item as desired, but also edit some things in bulk.
    In case you want to skip the steps below, simply click on the "Scroll to bottom" button.

    The first thing you need to decide is whether you'd like to keep the items for yourself or if you want to add them to your shop.
    You can select one, both or none of the options:
    1. Add All to Wardrobe - will add all items to your wardrobe
    2. Make All Public In Shop - will add all items to your shop, available for everyone to buy
    The 2 tick boxes described above will apply to all items you're uploading. In case you want to keep some for yourself or reserve one or two items for a particular member, you can absolutely do so by editing each item.

    A few notes about what else can be done for each item:
    1. Item name: the system automatically names your item according to the collection name. In my case, "Juno heart". In order to distinguish one item from another, the system will also add the initial of the layer name (D for dresses in my case) and any number present in the file name (8 for me).
    2. Tags: the system will automatically add the global tags we talked about above to each item. You can, however, add or remove tags as you see fit.
    This would be a good place to add color names for example.
    3. You can choose what you want to do to each item individually by ticking Wardrobe and/or Public Shop.
    4. You can reserve an item for a particular user by typing down their name in the "Reserved for" box.
    You can also reserve an item for a different user than the one you've reserved another item for.
    5. In case you decide to add the item to your shop, you can also change the pricing.

    Once you're done with names, tagging, pricing and reserving, click "Finish".
    That's it! You've successfully uploaded your items to the site.

    In case you've opted for adding the items to your Wardrobe, they will show up, ready to wear as shown below:

    If you decided to add them to the shop as well, you'll probably see them in your shop as shown below:

    Quick tip: as of V6, items are associated. If you upload a collection consisting of 5 layers, in 5 colors each, the system will know which item matches with which, based on how you numbered them.
    For example: if you're looking into buying dress number 3, the system will show you other items numbered as 3 that are part of the same collection (same upload).
    In my case, since I uploaded dress8 and bag8, if I go to my shop and try on the red dress, the matching red bag will show up on the right hand side, under "Related Products".

    Difference between "Private" and "Reserved" items:
    Since the Warehouse has merged with the Shop, you will always see all uploaded items in your shop. The ones that are not available for everyone to buy, but rather uploaded for yourself will show up as Private (with a blue ribbon in the top left corner).
    However, this does not mean that they are "Reserved" for anyone, it simply means they are for your use only.

    Think of it this way:
    - if your item is Public, it's as if you were uploading it to your shop (in V5)
    - if your item is Private, it's as if you were uploading it to your old wardrobe and warehouse (in V5)

    In order for someone to be able to buy the item you reserved for them, it must be added to your shop for everyone to see (it must be uploaded as Public). If the item is reserved, anyone can see it and try it on, but it can only be bought by the user you reserved it for.
    However, if the item isn't uploaded as public, nobody except you can see it and thus buy it.

    Later update:

    If you'd like your items uploaded in numerical order (item1, item2 and so on), you need to add a 0 for items 1 to 9 (item01 instead of item1, item02 instead of item2, etc.).
    If you don't, your items will be uploaded as follows: item1, item10, item11, item2. etc.


    Any questions, please post them below. Happy uploading!😊
    Last edited by Zumzy; 08-03-20, 01:48 PM.

  • #2
    Thank you soooo much, Ami!!! 🙏🏾


    • #3
      I think I've pretty much got it..especially with Angie's help. ☺☺ But it's really nice to read it step by step in bless you Ami! lol 😁


      • #4
        one quick question on privatization and reservation. I have found that if I am reserving for a specific user, I still need to click the box at the top that says Make a Public All. Yesterday I was uploading just one dress, and I unchecked both top boxes, but then next to the dress itself, I selected that box that says Public Shop, then typed in the person’s name. Well they were unable to pick up the item because it was private. I reuploaded, this time clicking the top box Make Public All, ALSO clicking the Public All, then typing their name in reserve and voila, they could now see the dress for pick up! Not sure if this is a bug or if I’m even making any sense.


        • #5
          Just uploaded a tiny collection for my shop and wow oh wow oh wow I am soooo happy with how quick everything is! Saves so much time selecting a layer to upload and naming and tagging them one by one and then proceeding to do the same to another layer. It's like all my CYO upload dreams have come true!!!!

          THANK U ANGIE


          • neon_cookies
            neon_cookies commented
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            PREACH 🙌 I love how easy it is too ❤
            Also...just looked at your collection and it's so beautiful!!

          • pandaimeec
            pandaimeec commented
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            neon_cookies thank you so much! <3

          • rachel3
            rachel3 commented
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            SO quick and easy and the related products feature is so cool!

        • #6
          Fabulously detailed and super helpful. Thank you!! 😘


          • #7
            thank you ami!!!


            • #8
              Originally posted by pandaimeec View Post
              Just uploaded a tiny collection for my shop and wow oh wow oh wow I am soooo happy with how quick everything is! Saves so much time selecting a layer to upload and naming and tagging them one by one and then proceeding to do the same to another layer. It's like all my CYO upload dreams have come true!!!!

              THANK U ANGIE
              I'm so glad to hear it's less tedious ❤️


              • #9
                Originally posted by angieluvboo View Post

                I'm so glad to hear it's less tedious ❤️
                Greatest thing since sliced bread!!!


                • #10
                  Such an Amazing tutorial!Your very descriptive with words and love how you used such great detail! Cant wait to try this....