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Chapter 2. Making a Site Connection

Chapter 2. Making a Site Connection

Although it is possible to edit pages with Macromedia Contribute 3 that are not on a Web server (called offline editing), you may be using Contribute to create and edit pages over an Internet or local area network (LAN) connection to a Web server. The server could be the machine running your live Web site, sometimes called the production server, or it could be a test server, also known as a staging server. A staging server is usually used for editing and review of a site’s pages where several people must approve the design and content before the site or page goes live on the Internet.

Regardless of whether you use a production or a staging server, you need to tell Contribute how to connect to the server before you can start working on pages. Contribute’s Connection Wizard (on Macintosh, the Connection Assistant) walks you through the connection process. Once you have connected to your Web site, you can use Contribute to edit files, make new files, and if you are an administrator, create files called connection keys, which contain all the information needed to make a server connection with Contribute. You can share connection keys with other people. All they have to do is import the connection key you send, and they can connect to your site and edit pages without needing to fiddle with connection settings themselves.


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