• Uploading publications to your servers

FlippingBook Publisher provides two options for hosting your publications: on your own server or on FlippingBook Cloud. Both have advantages and disadvantages. We advise you to carefully weigh them before deciding where to publish.


Differences between hosting on FlippingBook Cloud and on your server


FlippingBook Cloud

Your server

Upload process

Simple, completely integrated into the software

Technical knowledge and additional authorizations needed

Server requirements

No limitations on size or bandwidth

Space on your web server (large publications can take up more than 1GB)


Requires active subscription

Unlimited number of publications even without subscription

Updating publications

Automatic updates for technical compliance and incremental content updates

In most cases, full publication must be re-uploaded


Customizable subdomain on cld. bz and customizable publication name (yourname.cld.bz/yourpublication)

Fully customizable link (within limitations of your hosting provider)


Files stored on cloud (Amazon Web Services) may not comply with company policies

Should not cause policy problems

Publishing on FlippingBook Cloud is effortless and fast. And while it may cost a bit more, it can save you or your IT staff hours and hours of work when third parties like Google, Apple, YouTube, or Facebook change interfaces. Cloud publications are often updated automatically when we accommodate for these changes on our servers. But if you use your own server, you will need to open and re-upload all your publications yourself, one-by-one, in the latest Publisher version. On the other hand, your company policy may not allow you to use cloud-based services at all. So we advise you to consider the pros and cons of both solutions.


Uploading to your server

If you decide to upload to your own server, then the instructions below should be helpful. But please note that uploading the publication to the correct place on your server and finding out the URL to open it require specific knowledge about your web server. Therefore, we recommend doing this only if you are comfortable working with FTP. Uploading to the wrong place may even overwrite other pages.

If you have no experience with FTP, we advise you only to generate the files and then ask your webmaster to upload them for you.


Generating the files to upload


To generate FlippingBook files for your web server, please follow these steps:

1. Open your publication in FlippingBook Publisher, click «Upload» and choose «To My Server». Select the folder on your computer to which you would like to save your publication, and press «Start».

2. Once done, click on the arrow next to «Launch», and select the «View Publication Folder». You can use the Launch button to preview the result, but that works only on your computer. At this point, your content has NOT been uploaded to the internet.

3. Select all the files by pressing Ctrl+A, then right-click and choose «Send to > Compressed folder». This will generate a new file that you can send to your webmaster. (If you are an experienced FTP user, you can upload the files yourself, with your FTP client of choice.)


Uploading the publication directly from FlippingBook Publisher


If you are comfortable with FTP/SFTP, then you can use our built-in FTP client to generate and upload the files directly. The instruction about how to upload the files via SFTP you can find in our article Uploading publications to your server via SFTP, and here are the steps you should follow to upload the files via FTP:

1. When your publication is ready for upload, open it in FlippingBook Publisher, press the «Upload» button, and choose «To My Server (via FTP) ... ». In the pop-up window, insert all the required data, such as your server’s host, login, and password, in the corresponding fields.
Also, you can specify:

  • the default FTP folder to open it on your server when the connection is established
  • the default HTTP path that will be used to open the publication so you can easily preview it later

Note! Specifying a URL here will NOT instruct FlippingBook Publisher to publish to this link! It is the other way around: You should specify the link where the publication will be uploaded

2. Press «Next», select the folder where you will store the publication, right-click on it, and choose «Add subfolder». You can rename it if you want. Then press «Enter». We recommend that you create a separate folder to avoid problems with overwriting existing files (or not overwriting) in the target folder, which can create caching problems later.

3. Press «Publish». If you specified a default HTTP path, you can click on the «View publication in browser» link.

If there’s no link after uploading and you want to view the publication, you can try this: Open a browser, enter your server’s address, including the full path to the folder containing your publication files, and type «index.html» at the end.

If that doesn’t work, then we cannot help you any further in determining the exact link. The upload is done over the FTP protocol, but the HTTP protocol is used to view the publication. These protocols can employ different naming conventions. The conventions used in your case are determined by the web server administrator, so please contact him or her for more information.

Note! FlippingBook Publisher Professional and Business editions let you upload publications to a server using a built-in FTP client. If your edition is Basic, you are free to use any third-party FTP client for this, such as FileZilla (which is free).

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