Re: Creating HTML Pages

Subject: Re: Creating HTML Pages
From: David Castro <thetechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 05:42:02 -0700 (PDT)

I *have* used Macromedia Contribute, though not in a production environment (so
far). I'm going to be buying a bunch of copies for my church so that the
various ministry coordinators (or their chosen person) can update the church
web site with information about upcoming events, post photos for past events,
and so on.

Contribute is a really cool idea, and is well-implemented...if you either have
your network set up right or have a separate copy of the program for everyone.
(There's an issue with privileges if the previous two issues aren't resolved.)

Contribute allows the coodinator to determine how much leeway to give to the
individual users. You want them to only be able to add text and use bold and
italic? That's do-able. Want to let them use styles from a style guide? You can
do that, too. Want to let them put in their own JavaScript and <FONT> tags and
everything else? Well, if you're crazy enough, I believe even that level of
control is possible.

The program lets contributors email pages to someone for approval before
posting them, too, which is pretty cool if you have a hierarchy that requires
approval before content gets added to the web site. (Though, IIRC, this
requires that the person posting the content to send it before posting it; it
isn't possible to restrict a user from posting content unless they have gotten

These are just the cool features that I remember off the top of my head. I
highly recommend checking it out. At $99 per seat (less for 5- and 10-license
packs), it's a pretty cheap way to go, and is from an established company that,
in my opinion, puts out some really good documentation. The doc for Contribute
is short but complete.

-David Castro
email -at- davidcastro -dot- com

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