Connect via Contribute

Before using Contribute, we suggest that you take the Quick Start Guide and Contribute Tutorial to help you understand what Contribute can do (in Contribute's Help menu). The tutorial takes only 10 minutes and includes some of the features that you will be using to edit your site.

Once you have taken the Quick Tour and completed the tutorial, you are ready to start using Contribute. The following requirements are needed:

Human requirements:

  • basic knowledge of editing in an environment similar to that of a word processor
  • knowledge of, or access to, the following info about your server:
    • the type of access used to connect to your server (ftp, sftp, etc.)
    • login/password for an account that connects to your server
    • ftp host address
    • HTTP address (i.e. http://www.cdl.edu)
    • your server's directory path to your website (i.e. home/www/html)

System requirements:

  • installed version of Adobe Contribute (free trial available here)

If you need help beyond the scope of this page, please use our Resources page.

Create a Connection

To use Contribute to edit your website, you will need to create a connection:

  1. You will receive two emails from your administrator:
    • one will contain an attachment with a "Connection Key”
    • the other will contain your Connection Key password
  2. Download the Connection Key attachment and save it to your desktop
  3. Open Contribute
  4. Go to Edit > My Connections in the menu bar at the top
  5. Click Import and locate the Connection Key file on your desktop

  6. Select the Key and click Open
  7. There will be a dialog box that appears and asks you to enter: 
    • Your name
    • Email address
    • Connection key password (provided to you by the site's adminstrator)
  8. Click OK. Close the "My Connections" window.

The Homepage for your site will appear.

You can easily access the portal in the future from the Contribute Start Page by clicking on Teaching Commons Site.

For information on editing and publishing site content, see Edit Site Content.

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Administering a Site via Contribute

Administering a Contribute site puts you in charge of who can edit and what they can edit. First, you must create a connection:

  1. Open Contribute
  2. Go to Edit > My Connections in the menu bar at the top
  3. Click the Create... button
  4. Fill in each part of this form as it pertains to your server. Here is an example:
    • Click Next> and type in your site's URL (i.e. http://www.cdl.edu)
    • Click Next> and type in your server's connection info (check with your System Admin for the correct info)
    • Click Next> and type in server's directory path to your website (i.e. /home/www/html)
    • Click Next> and type in your personal info according to how you would like Contribute to refer to you by
    • Click Next> and select Administrator
    • Click Next> and review your input, then click Done
    • Click Close to close the connections dialog box

You have now successfully set up Contribute to connect to your server and edit pages on your site. Select your website in the list on Contribute's startup page.

Use Contribute like a browser to locate a page to edit. Click the Edit Page button to begin edits. Once you have completed the edits, click the Publish button to make those changes live. 

For more information on editing and publishing site content, see Edit Site Content.

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