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  • CONTRIBUTE Dennis Deacon - [email_address]
  • Contribute — What is it?
    • Client application that allows non-HTML designers or technologists to add and maintain content while leaving the design of the site untouched
      • Can add content without breaking the site
      • Can free up the designer for more important, project tasks
      • Can allow freedom for the content knowledge workers
  • Features
    • Allows content contributors to update multiple websites and blogs from a single application without learning HTML
    • Easily add all types of content (text, images, Flash & rich media)
    • Uses Dreamweaver templates; insures integrity
    • Central administration of users, editing/publishing permissions
    • Quick website or blog edit/posting from other environments (MS Office, IE, Firefox)
  • Pros & Cons
    • Pros
    • Frees up a skilled designer/developer to allow non-techies to add/edit content on a website or blog
    • No HTML skill required; similar to MS Word
    • No FTP skill/experience required; publishing is seamless
    • Integrity of website can be maintained
    • Allows centralized administration of look n’ feel, contributor roles & editing permissions, etc.
    • Content rollback
    • Can work on/offline
    • Cons
    • Client-side application; requires licensed software to be installed on every user’s computer
    • Editing tool, not designing/development tool
    • Meant for management of static content, not dynamic, database-backed content
    • Word with one document at a time; slower than using Dreamweaver
    • No access to source code
    • Requires at least basic administration to be effective
    • Connectivity / corruption problems
  • Workflow
    • Designer/developer creates site via Dreamweaver with Contribute usage in mind
    • Site Administrator assigns roles & permissions to the people responsible for maintaining the content
    • “ Contributors” in roles with permissions manage content (add/edit/delete) content
    • “ Contributors” either submit the draft for review, or publish the content directly
  • Designing a Contribute Site
    • Use Dreamweaver
    • Enable Contribute compatibility
    • Leverage Web Standards
      • Separate structured content from presentation
      • Leverage Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for presentation
    • Create templates/pages with Editable Regions that allow users to edit content. Remaining portions of the page are locked
    • Publish, then release to content contributors
  • Designing Templates - Editable Regions Editable Regions Editable Regions Remainder of page is un-editable
  • Repeating Editable Regions Repeating Editable Regions Repeating Editable Regions
  • Assigning Roles & Permissions
    • Site Administrator
      • Creates the user roles (ex. Publisher, Editor, Approver)
      • Creates the permissions per role
        • File/Folder access
        • Editing (scripts, images, text only, etc.)
        • Style support (user styles or just pre-determined)
        • New pages (blank, custom pages or pre-determined templates only)
        • File locations
        • Shared Assets
        • Ability to publish content with/without review & approval
  • Creating the End User Connection
    • Manually
      • Via “wizard,” “fill in the form” approach
    • Via a Connection Key
      • Administrator generates from Dreamweaver
      • Can be emailed directly to user (not advised) or saved to local computer
        • Best Practice: Admin sends Connection Key file with instructions, then under separate cover (verbally) communicates the password
  • Connecting via Connection Key Saved Connection Key My Connections > Import User enters their unique information
  • The Contribute Start Page List of established connections. To begin editing/creating, open a connection
  • Connect Open Connection then browse to page to edit (or File > Open)
  • Browse to Page, then Edit Editable Regions Cannot make changes to areas outside of Editable Regions
  • Repeating Regions “ Repeating Regions” allow for adding like regions. Can add or delete regions Can move/order regions up/down
  • Formatting Content Can add or delete regions Formatting options … access controlled by Admin
  • Either Publish, Review, Save or Discard Publish (If permitted by permissions) Send for Review Save for Later Discard Draft (Cancel editing)
  • Case Study: Mill Brook Travel
  • Case Study: Mill Brook Travel
    • Initial agreement with client was
      • Site designed
      • Client would maintain content
    • Contribute selected as “best tool”
    • After templates & pages created, documented created to hand off to client
    • Client reneged; requesting site maintenance services content for monthly fee
    • Client eventually dropped due to resource constraints
    • No reflection on Contribute, the tool 
    • Live Demonstration
    • Q & A