Don’t Lift That Heavy File on Your Own – Use FTP to Help!

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When creating your project, are you worried the file is becoming too big to be uploaded the normal way using our uploading process? You may not know this already but we offer alternatives to help get your file successfully on Lulu.

If you are working with a document that you can break into smaller files, you can easily upload them separately and then select them in the right order when going through the publishing wizard.

If you’re not interested in doing that or sure that you will miss a critical file out of your smaller files, there is FTP (File Transfer Protocol) uploading.

Uploading large content to Lulu

An alternative to the normal uploading process in the publishing wizard is to connect to Lulu via our FTP site using an FTP client.

What do I need to know before using FTP to upload to Lulu:

You may use an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client to:

  • Upload files between 200MB and 2GB
  • Resume incomplete uploads
  • Upload large batches of files to My Files.

**We recommend that you do not use a web browser to connect to your FTP upload directory as this can cause authentication failures.**
Where to download FTP Clients:

FileZilla: (Good for all platforms)
SmartFTP: (Windows)

FileZilla and SmartFTP are the most popular free clients. There are other options of paid clients that can be used, but free applications are the type we really like (Really who doesn’t like free stuff!).

Steps to Upload to Lulu’s FTP Site:

This is just a general instruction; please review the directions in your chosen FTP client for specific information about using the program.

  1. Connect to with a full-featured FTP client (such as SmartFTP or FileZilla). Use your Lulu login and password for authentication (you may provide your storefront name instead of your email as your login.)
  2. Follow the instructions in the FTP client to select and upload files and/or folders of files.
  3. Once a file uploads completely, it automatically moves into your My Files list.

Note: Successfully uploaded files no longer show in your FTP client because they are stored in your Lulu My Files.

And there you have it! So no more worries, upload your large files to your heart’s content!

3 thoughts on “Don’t Lift That Heavy File on Your Own – Use FTP to Help!”

  1. michael jenison

    I am trying to upload a 300MB pdf file to lulu from my imac
    File Zilla keeps saying port 21 is the wrong port number.
    What are the remote and local sites

  2. The is not connecting (timeout) from FileZilla [it used to]….is the service working?

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