Creating a Cloudinary DAM

Last modified: June 1st, 2023

Cloudinary is a Digital Asset Manager (DAM) provider with an easy-to-use interface and a lot of powerful features. They have a generous free plan, making it a great tool if you're looking to experiment with asset management.

If you haven't already, sign up for a free Cloudinary account. Once you have an account, log in to your Cloudinary management console.

At the top of your Cloudinary console, navigate to Dashboard at the top of page. You should see a dashboard which lists your Cloud Name, API Key, and API Secret.

Screenshot of Cloudinary user dashboard

This page contains the necessary details to connect your Cloudinary DAM to your CloudCannon sites.

Authenticating Cloudinary#

In a new browser tab or window, open your site settings in CloudCannon. Navigate to Files / Assets. Under Link DAM, select New DAM.

Choose Cloudinary as your DAM type and enter a name - this will be used to identify your DAM in CloudCannon.

In the Username field, enter your Cloudinary username. This is the email address that you used to sign up to Cloudinary.

Copy the Cloud Name, API Key, and API Secret from your Cloudinary dashboard into the respective fields in CloudCannon.

Once you have filled out all the fields, click Authenticate to save and close the modal.

If all went well, you should now be authenticated with your Cloudinary DAM. Next, you'll want to connect it to one or more of your sites.

There are some extra configuration options to consider before your site is linked to Cloudinary.

Upload presets are configured in Cloudinary, and define how new assets are saved. Copy the name of an uploads preset from Cloudinary into the corresponding form field in CloudCannon to use that preset when a new asset is uploaded. Read more about upload presets for Cloudinary here.

If the Upload presets field is left blank, you will not be able to upload new assets to Cloudinary from CloudCannon.

The Folder field determines which Cloudinary folder will be opened by default, when a user browses existing assets from the DAM. Note that this should not begin with a leading slash.

The Asset browser option determines how your Cloudinary assets are displayed and navigated in CloudCannon.

  • If you Use Cloudinary widget, the Cloudinary widget will open. This gives you access to the advanced filtering options that Cloudinary provides.
  • If you Use CloudCannon asset browser, the normal CloudCannon browser will open, populated with your Cloudinary assets. This is useful is you need to restrict the available assets to just the path specified by the Folder option described above.

Finally, click Link DAM to connect the DAM to your site.

Open in a new tab