FTP tour

EZLister.net provides virtually unlimited image hosting on a FTP site created exclusively for your use.  There is no charge for this service, and it is quick and easy to set up and use.  Please note that this tour assumes that you elect to use our free image hosting service.  If you desire to use another image hosting service, you may incur additional fees, and different procedures are required.

The only requirements we impose are that files posted to the FTP site must be in a “.JPG”, or “.GIF”, format; and the individual image size must be less than 200 K.  We advise you to edit and prepare your photos prior to moving (uploading) them to the FTP site.  This can be accomplished using Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Adobe, or any image editing software you choose.  Also, the number of listings posted to the FTP must be consistent with the number of auctions launched and managed using our product. 

Let’s begin by showing you how to setup the FTP site.  Your private, individual FTP (File Transfer Protocol) site is created automatically by EZLister.net during the Administrator Setup procedure.  During the initial setup, the Administrator establishes the password used to access the FTP site.  The Administrator can also modify this password at any time by logging in to the system using the Administrator’s password and user name, and selecting “FTP Hosting” from the menu on the left hand side of the page.  This presents the page recreated below containing a brief explanation of the FTP service, and allowing for the creation or modification of the access password.

To begin using the FTP site, open up a browser window.  In the address bar, type ftp://www.ezlister.net.  This will bring up a screen requesting the password discussed above.  Entering, and reconfirming the password will bring up a blank FTP Site with the following appearance. 

Save this site as a favorite, and you will not have to repeat this procedure every time you access the site.  This will appear as “ezlister.net” with the FTP icon in your Favorite folder, and you may want to rename it to something that you find is more descriptive.

This FTP site is now available for your exclusive use.  This FTP site is the location that the EZLister.net program will search for the image files you associate with listings you launch.  This means that you must provide EZLister.net the path to the FTP, as well as move the images associated with a particular listing to this page prior to launching an auction.  Sounds complicated, but we have made it easy to complete this task.  Here’s how.

First, remember that images are nothing but files.  Like all files in Windows, they can be cut, copied, pasted, and renamed using conventional commands.  The FTP site is nothing but a Windows folder with some special characteristics.  Like any Windows folder, files can be added or removed by dragging and dropping.  Also, it is possible to create sub-folders, and to move files between them.  With this in mind, you have complete flexibility to manage your images however you choose.  Just remember that you must provide the complete path and the image name to EZLister.net when describing an auction and preparing it for launch. 

There are two procedures available in EZLister.net for associating images with auction listings.  The first is to physically move (upload) the desired images to the FTP site, and then provide the path and image name to EZLister.net.  To do this, open the folder on your local computer that contains the edited image you wish to use for a particular listing.  Also, open the FTP site by clicking on the appropriate button in your Favorite folder, or by entering the proper FTP URL, ftp://www.ezlister.net and logging in.  Now, arrange the two windows so they both are visible, and select the files that you would like to upload to the FTP.  Below, the images “3200MOver” and “3200MFront” are selected in the folder titled “Printers”. 

After dragging these to the FTP site, the images are now uploaded and ready to be included in a listing.  The FTP site with the uploaded images appears below.  Note that the image “3200MFront” has been selected for viewing and is displayed.  You do this by simply double clicking the image you would like to view.

Now, let’s see how to include these two photos in an auction that we are preparing for launch.  This task is completed by the Describer using the menu options available in that module.  Appearing below is the image portion of the page used by the Describer to insert the photos for a listing.  Here, the paths to the images are already filled in.  Clicking the underlined number to the left of field completes this action.  For image No. 1, the image file name “3200MFront” was entered by the Describer.  For Image No. 2, only the path name has been entered, again by clicking on the underlined number to the left.  The describer still has to type in the image file name.  Clicking the magnifying glass icon to the right presents a preview of the image selected.  By selecting the “More Images” icon, this process can be repeated so that up to 10 images are available for every listing.  From the standpoint of assigning images, this listing is now ready to launch.

Now, let’s suppose that you store your photos on your local computer or on your camera, or that you do not want to access the FTP site.  EZLister.net provides a routine that allows you to do this although you should understand that all images used for on line auctions must be hosted on a server somewhere.  In this case, your images will still be uploaded to your individual FTP site, but you will not have to actually physically upload them as illustrated above.  Instead, clicking the “Image Search” icon on the screen causes a new selection to explode onto the screen.  This is shaded in blue, and allows you to search local drives, cameras, scanners or other devices for image files and automatically upload them to the FTP. 

To begin, as mentioned simply select the “Image Search” icon.  In the blue shaded area, you will see that there are 10 available fields for images that you can use for this listing.  To the right of each image field is a “Browse” button.  Selecting this button opens a typical Windows navigation window.  You must now find the folder or device where your image files are stored.  Once you have located this folder or device, the available image names will be displayed.  Selecting an image file and clicking the “Open” button will transfer the path and image to the field in the Describer’s page.  Below, we have already selected the image file “3200MFront” and inserted it into the first available field on the Describer’s page.  By clicking the open button, the image file “3200MOver” will be selected and placed in the second available field.  Again this process can be repeated so that up to 10 images can be associated with each listing.  When satisfied with the images selected, click the “Upload Files” button, shown here at the bottom of the screen, and your listing is now ready for posting from the standpoint of assigning images.

We recognize that image handling can be a confusing and difficult chore to active sellers using the eBay site.  We have developed two methods to simplify this task and remove some of the confusion and difficulties associated.  We have just presented an overview of how EZLister.net can assist you in associating auctions with your listings.  You may continue to tour the system or obtain more detailed information on how to use the program by following the links listed below.