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Understanding Connections, Roles, Publishing, and Drafts

Four terms come up a lot in this book, and understanding exactly what they mean now will help you make sense of what you're doing when you dive in and start editing pages:

  • Connections: To edit a page, you must “connect” to the copy of it that's currently online. Connecting copies the current online version of that page to your computer so that you can edit it into a draft. To connect, you use a special link, a key, given to you by your Contribute administrator (see 1 About Connections). Contributors can edit only those pages for which they have a connection key.

  • Roles: The Contribute administrator assigns each user to a role. For each role, the administrator can choose from a list of options that control what users in that role can do. For example, the administrator may choose to grant or deny that role permission to change fonts in a site, or to add or delete pages in that site. Contributors can make only the kinds of changes their role allows.


    It's easy to remember: If you've changed it, but still haven't published it, it's a draft. Drafts are labeled “Draft” in the Pages panel.

  • Publishing: You publish a page by sending your edited draft back to the Web (or your company's intranet), copying over the previous version. After you do that, the page is online, accessible to all, and is no longer a draft. You'll learn how to publish in Chapter 11, “Publishing Pages.”

  • Drafts: After a page has been copied from the Web (or your company intranet) to your computer for editing, it becomes a draft, or a working copy.



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