Contribute Basics– editing, links, publishing, etc.

Posted October 21st, 2010 at 2:45 pm.

Contribute Quick Start Guide

Adobe Contribute is both a web browser and editor in one. Use the Contribute browser to view websites just as you would any other web browser. When used as an editor, Contribute enables you to easily update content. You can add new pages, edit text, and insert links and images, as well as import content from MS Office documents directly into your web pages (Windows only).

Browse, edit, and publish documents

Adobe Contribute lets you easily locate pages in your website, update them, and then publish your changes with the click of a button. To update your website using Contribute: If you haven’t already done so, create a connection to the website .

To start editing when you already have a connection, click on the link to your website at the opening screen.

In the Contribute browser, you can also browse to the page you want to edit (or type the address in the address bar). You’ll need to click Connect before you can edit.

1. Click the Edit Page button on the toolbar to begin editing.

2. Adobe Contribute automatically opens a draft copy of the page.

3. Add text, links, images, etc. as needed. See below for more on editing and formatting text and links. If you make a mistake and want to start over, or if you decide you do not want your draft, simply click Discard Draft.

4.  When you’re done editing the draft, save your draft for later, or click Publish to publish your work to the website.


Note that discarding or publishing a draft cannot be undone.

Saving Drafts


If you want to save your work but are not ready to publish, saving your draft will:

  • Save your work on your local computer for later (note: this means you can only work on your draft from this computer)
  • Prevent others from overwriting your work

Remember to publish your drafts when they are ready, or you will be unable to edit the page later. See “What to do if you cannot edit a page in Contribute” if you’re experiencing problems with old drafts. Please discard any unwanted drafts.

A Closer Look at Editing Pages

Formatting Text


Once you have clicked the Edit button, you may add and format content in editable regions (these will be labeled, e.g. “Main Article” and “Right Column” and the mouse pointer will become a cursor in them). Editing a page in Contribute is much like editing a document in a word processing program.

The Bryn Mawr templates allow only limited formatting options in order to maintain a uniform look and maintain accessibility of pages.

  • Headings can be used to structure your page and help people find information (particularly while skimming). They should be used in order from largest (heading 2) to smallest (heading 6). See how the headings look on this page of all web styles. To remove a heading and return text to the regular format, highlight the text and select “Normal” in the dropdown menu pictured above.
  • Bold and italic can be used for emphasis.
  • Numbered (ordered) and Bulleted (unordered) lists like this one are a good way to concisely list information. The indent and outdent buttons (with arrows) allow you to create a list with different levels. For example:
  • Desserts
    • Cupcakes
    • Ice cream
    • Pie

Adding Links

Linking to other web pages:

1. Place the cursor where you want the link, and/or highlight the text you’d like to turn into a link.

2. Click the Link button, then Browse to Web Page.


This brings up the Insert Link window:


3. Paste or type the address into the Web Address box if you have it,


click Browse to browse to the correct page,


click Choose to choose from pages within your own site. This will bring up a list of the files and folders within your site.

Click OK when you are done.

Linking to a specific section of a page:

This page in the Contribute manual covers adding section anchors, which allow you to create links that “jump” to a specific section of a page.

Linking to files on your computer:

You can use Contribute to link to a file on your computer, which will then be uploaded to your site when you publish the page. If a file is already on the web, follow the steps for linking to other web pages above.

Note: Once you have uploaded a document in this way, you must follow some other steps to update it.

1. Place the cursor where you want the link, and/or highlight the text you’d like to turn into a link.

2. Click the Link button, then select File on My Computer.


3. Browse to the file and click OK.

4. The file will upload along with your page when you click Publish.

Other Editing Skills:

Adding and Formatting Tables

Working with Images

Still have questions? Contact the Help Desk or review the Contribute Manual.

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