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Different ways to add CloudWok to your WordPress Site

CloudWok WordPress Plugin

You can add the CloudWok WordPress plugin to your WordPress blog to receive file uploads from your website visitors in your cloud storage (e.g., Dropbox or Google Drive).

  1. After installing and activating the plugin, click on the “Settings” menu in your admin area and select “CloudWok”.
  2. There you can create a shortcode using the CloudWok HTML+CSS+JavaScript widget code (you can generate this code using the widget configurator).
  3. Then you can add the shortcode (e.g., [cloudwok ref=1]) into the blog post texts or page texts and the CloudWok upload widget will be loaded at that location in your text.

Unfortunately, in some cases of custom WordPress installations, the plugin cannot be installed successfully, resulting in an empty reference [cloudwok ref=0] instead of [cloudwok ref=1] when you want to create your first new embed code on the “Settings” page. Since some users have experienced these issues and there is no easy way for us to fix it, we are going to collect alternatives for how you can add the CloudWok file upload widget to your WordPress site.

Embedding CloudWok into WordPress with Script ‘n Styles

I recently tried out a WordPress plugin named Script ‘n Styles which enables WordPress administrators to add JavaScript and CSS styles to customize their pages and blog posts. The plug-in seems like a nice alternative that you can use in case that the CloudWok WordPress plugin does not work for you the way you wished.

After installing and activating the “Script ‘n Styles” plugin, there is a new submenu item in your “Tools” admin menu. There you can add global JavaScript code and CSS styles to your WordPress site (i.e., the styles and scripts will be loaded on every page). The following figures show how I entered the CloudWok widget JavaScript code and some CSS for style customization.


Then I clicked on the “Hoops” tab, which works similar to the CloudWok shortcode, i.e., you can enter HTML and then reference it via a shortcode in your blog posts or pages. The figures below show the HTML code that I added and how I used the shortcode in a blog post.


This worked! The CloudWok file upload widget shows up on the blog post.

Limitations of Script ‘n Styles:

Although it should be possible to add CSS + JavaScript to individual posts and pages (instead of loading it globally), I could’t figure out how. I did not see the “Meta Box” settings in my blog/page edit dashboard. I will update this post once I solve this puzzle.


If you know of another WordPress plugin that could be used to add the CloudWok widget (or other customized JavaScript and styles) to WordPress, send us a link and we will check it out. Thank you!

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Collect wedding photos and videos from family and friends

You have planned your wedding for a long time. Now that your great day is about to take place there will be dozens of friends and family members capturing beautiful, funny and touching moments.

Your wedding pictures page: Receive photos and videos from guests.

Here is an easy and quick way that will help you to collect all files from all guests. We’ll spare you from running after your friends for their pictures, receiving dozens of emails or understanding complicated webpages. With CloudWok every guest can share pictures with just one click.

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6 reasons why email attachments are broken

All of us are doing it. Some of us even do it daily! We still ask colleagues, friends, and customers to send us files in an email. But email attachments are a relic of the past, and we should all stop doing it … today!

Originally, email was intended as a new electronic system to exchange text messages, a replacement for snail mail. In the beginning, sending files was a hack only practiced by geeks. To send a file in an email, it was included in the text using an encoding.

It goes back to 1992 when email attachments were introduced in the MIME standard and the first actual email attachment — as we know it today — was sent. Since then nothing has changed much. We’re still stuck with a decades old technology which has its limitations.

So let’s look into the limitations and see how we can do better…

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Subfolder Navigation

Receive uploads to your cloud into subfolders and let users browse through these subfolders.

With a CloudWok upload link you can receive files from anyone in your Drive, Dropbox or Box. Since we also allow to organize your uploads in subfolders – for example to have a dedicated folder created for each uploader – we now took the next step and allow navigation through these subfolders from any CloudWok upload page.


So if your connected folder in Drive or Dropbox contains any subfolder, the Download Gallery of your Wok will now show these subfolders. Any user with access can just click these folders and will be able to see what’s inside.

Private Woks
This can be quite useful for teaching (subfolders per homework subject), your weeding (create folders for certain parts of the day or special topics), woks to exchange travel pictures (folder per friend or location), music (folders per artist).

Professional Woks
Create and share product catalogues of your business (one folder per product group), receive uploads in your project (dedicated folders for colleagues or customers) or embed in your web page to better structure the uploads your receive in your cloud from your users.

Coming soon: Manage subfolder access.

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Subfolders for each Uploader

CloudWok helps you to easily receive many files from many users right in your own cloud storage.

In order to keep track of who uploaded what file may of you kept asking for a way to store files automatically in individual subfolders. We have now implemented a feature that helps you to organize your uploaded files by creating a subfolder for each individual uploading user.

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Example: Google Drive folder with user specific subfolders

To get you started
In the settings of any wok just activate the “Subfolder for each uploader” feature to organize files in subfolders.

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Wok Settings to activate subfolder file organization

Uploads to your Cloud
On your upload page the uploader will enter the user details and as of her/his first and last name a folder is created in your linked cloud storage folder.

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Receiving files in Subfolders
As the first screenshot shows a subfolder was created using the users’ first and last name. All uploads of this user can be found in the related subfolder.

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So now you can easily distinguish each users files. Just try it with one of your own woks! And – of course it also works for the upload widget on your own website or WordPress blog.

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A great Wedding Gift

Are you invited to a wedding and searching for a wedding gift idea? How about a gift that will help the wedding couple to easily collect all memorable pictures and videos of their great day!?

Help the wedding couple to get pictures from everybody!
Help the wedding couple to get pictures from everybody!

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Easy File uploads from your Wedding Homepage

Hey, you’re getting married?! – Awesome! And you’re even creating your own wedding homepage to share your story?

How your own wedding homepage may look like

One thing that will make your page alive is pictures. If those are pictures of you –celebrating, dancing, laughing – they will surely catch the interest of many friends and family members. Of course your photographer will take pictures beyond the reach of us ordinary people. But sometimes the most touching or funny moments are captured by uncle Roger, your nice or a good childhood friend. But how to get all these photos from everyone?

Let us help you with an easy to integrate file upload service from your own page right into your personal cloud storage. Receive and share pictures and videos from all your wedding guests and your site will be filled with memories every visitor will love.

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Share your best wedding moments

With CloudWok you can easily collect your wedding pictures and videos from friends and family (check out related article). But as Christopher McCandless already underlined  –

So let us help you to share your happiness with all your guests. The best thing is that with a CloudWok wedding pictures page you already got a perfect place to easily share all memories.

So ask your guest to first submit their files on your wedding pictures page and they will be able to look at the gallery of already submitted pictures right away. Maybe your friends and family will get inspired by looking at uploaded pictures in first place and then decide to submit their own ones as well.

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CloudWok WordPress Plugin Update

Today, we released version 0.5 of the CloudWok WordPress plugin. With the CloudWok WordPress plugin, you can let your blog visitors directly upload files into your Dropbox, into your Google Drive, or into other cloud storages that you own. This means:

  • No traffic from the file-upload goes through your WordPress blog. You don’t need to worry about WordPress file size limitations or the like.
  • You don’t need to download the uploaded files from your WordPress blog. They end up directly in your Dropbox, Google Drive, …

The main addition in version 0.5 of the plugin is a settings page that allows you easier and well integrated customization of the file-upload texts, labels, colors, etc:

  1. In your WordPress blog, click on the left-hand WordPress admin sidebar on “Settings” and then “CloudWok” to open the settings page.
  2. Here you can create a WordPress shortcode that you can embed in your blog posts and pages (the widget configurator on helps you to generate customized code).
  3. Then simply add the shortcode into your blog post, for example [cloudwok ref=1], at the place where you would like to place the file-upload area.

Don’t worry about your existing CloudWok shortcodes – all existing features and configurations still work and will continue to work as they are now. However, if you need more fine-grained customization of the file-upload widget, now you can do it with the 3 steps described above.

Let us know if you have feedback or ideas on which customization options / features you would like to see next (currently, we are working on Terms-of-Service customization, which will be released very soon).

Have a great day!


Here are some screens of the new 0.5 version:


File-upload widget configurator

Good news, everyone. We have just released a widget configurator. Now, you can go to to try out and live-preview many of the customization options, such as custom texts, labels, colors, etc. Thereby, you can also translate and show the widget texts in your preferred language.


You can embed the CloudWok file upload widget into your own website. Simply copy and paste the HTML code into the source code of your page. Find the “HTML Code” tab in the configurator and click on the clipboard icon to copy the code.


If you have a WordPress blog, you can also install the CloudWok WordPress plugin. Include the WordPress shortcode in any blog post or page to allow file uploads into your cloud from that page. We will release a new version of the WordPress plugin and further updates over the next few days, giving you better customization features, such as an admin settings page.

On the top list of the most requested customization options are:

  • Disable/make the terms-of-service popup text customizable
  • Disable/make the upload-success popup text customizable

We are currently working on these two features and will release new customization settings next week. These will include the possibility to have a ToS checkbox instead of a popup and a less obnoxious success message after successful uploads (you can already customize the text, but we will also improve the way that the message is shown to uploaders, including the ability to redirect to another page, etc.).

Stay tuned…

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