Inside Brightspot: Using the Upload Widget

Every so often, our Vice President of Product shares an email with the company that tells the background story on why Brightspot’s features are the way they are. Not one to keep secrets, we’re sharing her insights with you here, in a series called “Inside Brightspot.” From creating users and permissions to knowing the difference between different dashboard widgets, this series will answer the questions anyone who publishes digital content has likely pondered.

Let's dive into another one of the Brightspot Dashboard widgets — the Upload Widget.

This widget makes it easy for users to quickly add new assets into Brightspot — whether it's images, videos, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, etc. — right from the Dashboard.

To activate an Upload, users can either click “select” in the text of the widget, which then allows the selection of file(s) or a folder to be uploaded from local storage.

Users can also elect to simply drag and drop items from the desktop into the widget.

Once a user has dragged or selected the files in question, an overlay will display a circle loading indicator as Brightspot prepares the files for upload. As soon as the files are ready, Brightspot will display a preview of the files themselves, which means the files are ready for upload.

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Before upload, users can also apply metadata to the files.

Let's say the upload includes 10 images that were taken on the same day, by the same photographer — at this step, the user can select the appropriate date, enter in the photographer's name, as well as the source agency and any shared keywords, and those will be applied to all 10 images on upload.

In addition, the Upload widget supports mixed uploads — meaning a user can upload 10 images and 2 PDFs in one action. In this scenario, the overlay will present the user with a tabbed UI, and metadata that is unique to each type of asset can be applied.

Again, it's important to keep in mind that the action here is a bulk one. It's likely that things such as tags, or credit, or source, will be common to the images. Certain things, however, will not — like the caption on images or the description on files.

Once the user has added the appropriate metadata, and clicks Upload, the files will process and become live, visible assets in Brightspot. The user will then be shown a full-screen search view of the assets, where additional actions — like creating a brand-new photo gallery or a workstream — can be triggered.

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About the Author
Meredith Rodkey is VP of Platform Product Management & Solutions at Brightspot. She has focused on product management for nearly 10 years, contributing to major Brightspot engagements from U.S. News & World Report to Arizent and Healthgrades. In her previous life, Meredith worked as a homepage editor and writer for, curating a daily experience for millions of users.

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