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Chapter 5. Handling External Documents > Storing Documents Remotely

Storing Documents Remotely

One of Contribute's best features is hardly ever noticed by the average user. In a standard editing session, a user links to any external document or image that is currently on the system or network. When the modified page is published, Contribute transparently copies the linked file to a location on the Web server and writes the appropriate link into the page. As a designer responsible for overall site structure and integrity, the key question that you should ask now is this: “Which location?”

In the earliest versions of Contribute, the answer was very specific and (unfortunately) somewhat limited. Any transferred graphic files were stored in the same folder as the Web page in a subfolder named images; likewise, other external documents—including Microsoft Office files and PDFs—were saved to a subfolder named documents. Although this is an appropriate option under some circumstances, it won't do for every situation. Administrators using the current version of Contribute enjoy much more sophisticated control over external file storage. In general, there are three different options for file placement; files can be stored in any of the following locations:


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