Managing Contribute Sites with Dreamweaver

Managing Contribute Sites with Dreamweaver

Macromedia Contribute combines a web browser with a basic web-page editor. It enables your colleagues or clients to browse to a page in a site that you created, and to edit or update the page if they have permission to do so. Contribute users can add and update basic web content, including formatted text, images, tables, and links. Contribute site administrators can limit what ordinary (non-administrator) users can do in a site.

As the site administrator, you give non-administrators the ability to edit pages by creating a connection key and sending it to them. (For more information, see Using Contribute.) You can also set up a connection to a Contribute site using Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, which lets you or another user modify the files in the site just as you would in any other Dreamweaver site. This can be useful for people who want to connect to your Contribute site, but want to do so using Dreamweaver instead of Contribute. For example, your site designer would want to be connected to your Contribute site, but would want all of the editing capabilities available in Dreamweaver.

Contribute adds functionality to your website with Contribute Publishing Server (CPS), a suite of publishing applications and user management tools that lets you integrate Contribute with your organization’s user directory service--for example, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or Active Directory. When you enable your Dreamweaver site as a Contribute site, Dreamweaver reads Contribute’s administration settings whenever you connect to the remote site. If Dreamweaver detects that CPS is enabled, it communicates directly with CPS. This allows Dreamweaver to inherit some of the functionality of CPS, such as file rollback and event logging.

This chapter contains the following sections:

About managing Contribute sites

Preparing a site for use with Contribute

Administering a Contribute site using Dreamweaver

Managing Contribute files using Dreamweaver

Troubleshooting a Contribute site

Getting Started with Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver Basics
Working with Dreamweaver Sites
Managing Your Files
Laying Out Pages
Adding Content to Pages
Working with Page Code
Preparing to Build Dynamic Sites
Making Pages Dynamic
Developing Applications Rapidly