View Full Version : DW+Contribute rendering: Pages look messy

07-26-2007, 12:28 PM
Hi there

I have taken on admin of a site that 'regular' users use Contribute to edit.

I use DW to edit templates etc. Recently I edited the templates to move away from absolute positioning. Unfortunately this has meant the pages render pretty badly in both DW and Contribute.

In DW I can utilise 'Design Time' if required to disable/enable stylesheets.

Is there a similar function in Contribute? I'm sure there is - I've just worn myself out googling for stuff...



07-26-2007, 07:04 PM
There are David questions, and Kate questions,

This is a David question so Kate has responded by saying go here to Adobe there may be something on the support page...

...till David 'contributes' to this topic..



07-26-2007, 07:26 PM
nowt from me

ive never touched contribute

you need a cms

07-26-2007, 08:05 PM
Ok David!

I found this about Contribute for your sake as well as mine...:mrgreen:

Contribute removes the need to have multiple programs to carry a simple task such as changing a spelling mistake, e.g. text editor, FTP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FTP), etc.
Several users can update a given website simultaneously. Contribute will check whether the page a user is trying to amend is already being edited by others in order to prevent page version conflicts. There is also a page rollback feature which allows easy recovery from possible problems.
Administrators can ensure the style, code, and integrity of a website is maintained while allowing users to update the site's content.
Administrators can assign different editing permissions to users; for instance, some users might only be able to edit the text on a page, while others would have more options.
Templates created with Macromedia Dreamweaver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromedia_Dreamweaver) can be used in Contribute as well.
Allows to keep website content fresh and blog entries current with a single application
Contribute lets one manage multiple blog accounts and also allows offline blog entry creation.

Contribute is a client-side (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Client-side) tool. This means that you will only be able to edit a website on a machine that has Contribute.
Contribute requires that every user be licensed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed). This can be a costly process if there are a lot of users set to update a website.
Contribute is a website editing tool, not a website development tool. A web developer is still required to build the inital website design (usually using Dreamweaver templates).
Contribute edits one page at a time, making complex design elements such as navigation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navigation) menus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menus) hard to manage if they aren't controlled through a single source, like a database (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database), Server Side Includes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Side_Includes), or XML (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML) file.
Updating a website's content through Contribute can be a much slower process than using a more development-oriented tool, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and an FTP program, since each page must be downloaded (and uploaded) individually.
User cannot access source code, therefore any function code must be edited in a secondary program such as Dreamweaver. This makes it difficult to add third-party functions, such as search boxes, etc.Complicated stuff, more so now that its Contrbute CS3


07-27-2007, 07:26 AM
hey - thanks for the replies.

it could be that yes we need a CMS - we will more than likely have one imposed on us soon which will probably see the end of my job :(

i'd already had a trawl thru the Adobe stuff - nothing particularly stands out as being helpful to me

the short term solution more than likely does involve design-time stylesheets as Contribute does support those that are created in DW. it's just getting them to work as I want to.

thanks again


07-27-2007, 06:11 PM
it could be that yes we need a CMS - we will more than likely have one imposed on us soon which will probably see the end of my job

Nonono! take a look at Joomla, Wordpress, Mambo even, all are great CMS but only come with bob standard template which you can change all the things your client does'nt want and implement the ones they do want. It will still require a web designer to do these things with the site - thats where you come in..:mrgreen:

If you still want to do Contribute the ask questions at Adobe in that forum, you will need to register first though.


Good luck!

Just found you this Mambo site as an example:


07-27-2007, 07:59 PM
here is a tool i use when dealing with cms

07-28-2007, 05:39 AM
hi again - and again thanks very much for your replies.

we'll see about what happens with the job! I'm not particularly confident about it's future but whatever will be will be or something like that ;-) it won't be my decision about what CMS to use. I hope to have a crack at a Wordpress site soon.

anyroad - this article by salty beagle (http://saltybeagle.com/?section=article&id=48) seems to have solved my rendering problem. i have added position:relative to the main divs and everything seems OK. Probably not semantically correct but has saved me a headache.

best wishes


07-28-2007, 06:17 AM

Great to see the problem is sorted..:D