How BucketLynx Works

  • BucketLynx Overview

    BucketLynx helps you organize your image files. If you have a Business or Agency plan, BucketLynx can also automate adding product image links to your Amazon Product, Amazon Custom Text, BigCommerce, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Magento, Shopify, SquareSpace and Walmart bulk upload files.

     

    To use BucketLynx:

    • Create a bucket
    • Upload your image files by selecting or dragging your images into the bucket
    • Click on the file line to get a preview image of your image file along with a link to your file
    • Click on the "Create Image Link File" button to download an Excel file containing the links for all files in the bucket

     

    If you have a Business or Agency plan, you have these addition features:

    • Create and save images of your products using the SKU number in the image file name
    • Upload your Excel bulk upload template file*
    • If populating Amazon Product template files, upload your images by selecting the sub-folder that corresponds to the images (i.e., select the "main" sub-folder to upload main images) and then drag the images into the bucket sub-folder
    • If populating Amazon Custom Text template files, upload your preview images and custom font files to the bucket
    • If populating BigCommerce, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Magento, Shopify, SquareSpace or Walmart bulk upload template files, upload your images to the bucket
    • Once all of your files have been uploaded, find your bulk upload template file and press the populate button ( ) next to your template file to get the image links automatically added to your template file
    • Press the download button to download your populated template file
    • Submit your populated template file for processing

    *While XLSX formatted files are recommended, you can upload XLSM files. However, if you upload XLSM files, the macros may be removed or fail to function properly after download. You may be presented with warnings when Excel attempts to read XLSM after download.

  • What are Buckets and Image Sub-Folders?

    A "bucket" is the name you assign to a group of image files. For example, you may elect to create buckets for each specific product category you sell. When you create a new bucket under the Business or Agency plan, you can check a box that instructs BucketLynx to create a default set of Amazon Product image file sub-folders. These Amazon Product sub-folders are used to organize product image files and relate them to specific columns in Amazon Product template files.

     

    Amazon Product image sub-folder names are matched to the column names in your Amazon Product template files as shown in the following chart:

     
    Template Column
    Sub-Folder Name
    Description
    item_sku
     
    The item SKU is used to link files from buckets to this SKU item in the spreadsheet
    main_image_url
    main
    Main or primary image file
    swatch_image_url
    swatch
    Swatch or color image file
    other1_image_url
    other1
    Other image 1
    other2_image_url
    other2
    Other image 2
    other3_image_url
    other3
    Other image 3
    other4_image_url
    other4
    Other image 4
    other5_image_url
    other5
    Other image 5
    other6_image_url
    other6
    Other image 6
    other7_image_url
    other7
    Other image 7
    other8_image_url
    other8
    Other image 8
    offer_image_url
    offer
    Offer image
    reverse_image_url
    reverse
    Reverse or media label image
     

     

    For example, if you are selling hardware through an Amazon store and you have a template file for modern door knobs that you have named "modern_door_knobs.xlsx", you might name your bucket for this template file "Modern Door Knobs". The bucket name does not have to match the template file name and you can have multiple template files in a bucket, but we'll keep things simple in this example.

     

    When you create the "Modern Door Knobs" bucket, you will see a check box asking if you want to create Amazon Product image file sub-folders. Checking this box and pressing "OK" will get the "Modern Door Knobs" bucket created along with the Amazon image sub-folders. Your product image files should be uploaded into these image sub-folders if you plan on having BucketLynx populate your Amazon Product template files for you.

     

    Only Amazon uses these sub-folders so sub-folders are not allowed if you are populating any other upload template files.

  • Naming Image Files

    If you are using the Basic plan, or you are not planning on having BucketLynx populate bulk upload template files, you can give your image files any name.

     

    For Business and Agency plan accounts using the template populate feature, BucketLynx uses the product SKU column in your template file to find and relate image files to your products. In this case, you should include the product SKU in your image file name.

     

    For example, if your product SKU is "123456", you should name your file something like "123456_main.jpg" or "Widgets_123456_red.jpg".

  • Image File Size Requirements and Recommendations

    The largest uploaded file size allowed by BucketLynx is 50mb.
    Amazon recommends product image files be at least 2560 pixels on the longest side.
    BigCommerce recommends product image files be at least 1280 pixels on the longest side.
    eBay recommends product image files be at least 1600 pixels on the longest side.
    Facebook recommends product image files be at least 1080 x 1080 pixels.
    Magento recommends base product image files be no more than 1200 pixels high.
    Shopify recommends product image files be at least 2048 pixels on the longest side.
    SquareSpace recommends product image files be at least 1500 pixels on the longest side.
    Walmart recommends product image files be at least 600 pixels wide by 800 pixels high.

  • Uploading Files

    Navigate to the bucket or image sub-folder where you want to upload files and press the "Upload Files" button. A Drag-and-Drop box will be opened. Drag your files into the Drag-and-Drop box and they will be uploaded to your bucket.

     

    It's that simple.

     

    If you have a Business and Agency account and plan on uploading product template files, these files can be named anything. Amazon Product template files must be placed the main bucket and not in a sub-buckets.

  • Populating Product Template Files

    Business and Agency account users can take advantage of a major time-saving feature where BucketLynx can automatically populate Amazon Product, Amazon Custom Text, BigCommerce, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Magento, Shopify, SquareSpace and Walmart bulk upload template files with URL links to the product image files stored in your bucket. BucketLynx uses the product SKU column in your template file to find and relate image files to your products.

     

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    If you are populating an Amazon Product template file and you upload the image file "123456_main.png" to your "main" image sub-folder, when you populate the template file it will populate the link to that file in the main_image_url column in your template file. Likewise, if you have a file named "123456_left.png" in the "other1" image sub-folder, BucketLynx will populate the link to that file in the other1_image_url column in your template file. This is repeated for each image file found in the remaining sub-folders.

    Sub-folders are only used with Amazon-specific product listing buckets.

    If you are populating an Amazon Custom Text template file, you need do the following:

    • Create a bucket to contain your custom text fonts. This will be a simple bucket since the Amazon sub-folders are not used.
    • Upload your preview image files and name them using the associated SKU for your product line. For example, if your product sku column contain “123456-large”, you would upload your preview image as something like “123456-large.jpg”.
    • Upload the font files you will be using.
    • Edit your custom text template file and put the file name of the font file you want associated with each of the 1 through 15 Custom Font URLs in the “custom_font_urlx” column. For example, if you want to use the Roboto Regular font as the first custom font, put “Roboto-Regular” or “Roboto-Regular.ttf” in the “custom_font_url1” column. Continue this for any additional custom fonts you want to use.
    • Upload your custom text template file to your bucket.
     

     

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    When populating eBay File Exchange template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "CustomLabel" column of your template file. For example, if "CustomLabel" contains the SKU number "123456", and you have three product files you want to include for the product, simply name and upload your product files something like "123456_1.jpg", "123456_2.jpg" and "123456_3.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find all of the files that contain "123456" in their name and concatenate their URLs with the eBay required "|" separator and place that string in the "PicURL" column of the template file. You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.
     

     

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    When populating BigCommerce product image template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "Product Code/SKU" column of your template file. For example, if "Product Code/SKU" contains the SKU number "123456", and you have three product files you want to include for the product, simply name and upload your product files something like "123456_1.jpg", "123456_2.jpg" and "123456_3.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find all of the files that contain "123456" in their name and populate the corresponding "Product Image File - 1", "Product Image File - 2" and "Product Image File - 3" columns with the URL of your image files. You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.
     

     

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    When populating Facebook Marketplace bulk upload template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "id" column of your template file. For example, if "id" contains the SKU number "123456", and you have three product files you want to include for the product, simply name and upload your product files something like "123456_1.jpg", "123456_2.jpg" and "123456_3.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find all of the files that contain "123456" in their name and populate the "image_link" column of the template file. You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.
     

     

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    When populating Magento product upload template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "sku" column of your template file. For example, if "sku" contains the SKU number "123456", you will need to upload three product image files for base, small and thumbnail images like "123456_base.jpg", "123456_small.jpg" and "123456_thumb.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find the the files that begin with "123456" and populate the "base_image", "small_image" and "thumbnail_image" columns of the template file with a link to each image file.

    If you want additional image files for a sku, include the "additional_images" column in your template file. Then upload your additional images as "123456_add_1.jpg", "123456_add_2.jpg", "123456_add_3.jpg" and so on. BucketLynx will add links for your additional files in the "additional_images" column seperated by commas as required by Magento.

    You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.

    Magento recommends that you use a program that supports UTF-8 encoding to edit CSV files, such as Notepad++ or OpenOffice Calc. Microsoft Excel inserts additional characters into the column header of the CSV file which can prevent the data from being imported properly into Magento.
     

     

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    When populating Shopify bulk upload template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "Variant SKU" column of your template file. For example, if "Variant SKU" contains the SKU number "123456", simply name and upload your product file something like "123456.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find the file that contains "123456" in its name and populate the "Image Src" column of the template file with a link to that file.

    If your Shopify bulk upload template file will contain product variants, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "Variant SKU" column of your template file. For example, if you have three variants for a product, your template file will contain three rows together with the same "Variant SKU" SKU number. Again, assuming the product SKU number is "123456", your template file will contain three rows that all have the same "123456" SKU number. You will then upload your product files by appending a sequential number to the file name like "123456_1.jpg", "123456_2.jpg" and "123456_3.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find all of the files that contain "123456" in their name and populate the "Image Src" column of the template file in order. "123456_1.jpg" will be placed in the first variant row. "123456_2.jpg" will be placed in the second variant row. And "123456_3.jpg" will be placed in the third variant row.

    You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.
     

     

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    When populating SquareSpace bulk upload template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "SKU" column of your template file. For example, if "SKU" contains the SKU number "123456", and you have three product files you want to include for the product, simply name and upload your product files something like "123456_1.jpg", "123456_2.jpg" and "123456_3.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find all of the files that contain "123456" in their name and concatenate their URLs with the SquareSpace required line breaks and place that string in the "Hosted Image URLs" column of the template file. You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.
     

     

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    When populating Walmart bulk upload template files, name and upload your product image files using the SKU number you put in the "Variant SKU" column of your template file. For example, if "SKU" contains the SKU number "123456", simply name and upload your product files something like "123456.jpg". When you populate the template file, BucketLynx will find the file with "123456" in it's name and populate the "mainImageURL" column of the template file. If you have an image file in the bucket that is prefixed with "S-", as in "S-123456.jpg", that image file URL will be BucketLynx will populate the link to the secondary image file in the "productSecondaryImageURL" column. You can create a bucket just for your template files and separate buckets for categories of product image files. When you populate your template file, BucketLynx will search all of your buckets.
     

     

    Once you have uploaded all of your product image files and your product template files, find the product template file and press the Populate () button. You can download the populated template file by pressing the download button.

  • Download A Bucket's Files

    There are several ways to download files from BucketLynx:

    • Press the download button to download a single file.
    • Click on the "Create Image Link File" button to download an Excel file containing either all of your files, or a single bucket's list of files.
    • Click on the "Create Zip File" button to download a zip file containing either all of your files, or a single bucket's files.

  • Change Credit Card or Download Invoices or Payment Receipts

    Use the Stripe Customer Portal to change or add payment methods or download payment invoices or receipts.

    • Log in to BucketLynx and hover over the menu icon and select “Profile”.
    • Click on the “Update Payment Method” button to launch the Stripe Customer Portal.
    • Use the Stripe Customer Portal to update or add payment methods.
    • At the bottom of the Customer Portal page you will see “Billing History”.
    • Click on a date to see a new page that will allow you download invoices and payment receipts in PDF format.
    • When done, simply close the billing information window.
    • From the Stripe Customer Portal window select “Return to BucketLynx”.
    • Log back in to BucketLynx.

  • Account Security

    Two-factor authentication is used to ensure the integrity and security of your account and account users. When BucketLynx detects that the user's log in location, session or browser has changed, an account authentication code will be sent to the user's email address or cell phone. The code must then be correctly entered before the user will be allowed to access the account.

    • The Basic account is a single user only account.
    • The Business account allows up to three additional unique account users.
    • The Agency account allows up to six additional unique account users.

     

    If your account has been suspended for an account sharing violation and you feel that was a mistake on our part, please contact support at help@bucketlynx.com and tell us why you feel we made a mistake.

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