Web Site Concepts and Definitions
Any document you see online (html, pdf, word doc, jpg, gif) was typically created on a personal computer and then transferred ("uploaded") to a larger, separate computer accessible from the Web. In this scenario, the personal computer where the files are created is often called the local computer, and the Web-accessible computer is called the remote computer or "server." A file that has been uploaded to a Web server becomes available to anyone who has an Internet connection and a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).
When you want to edit a document that is already available on the Web, you will be saving the online document to your local computer’s hard drive, a process calleddownloading.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
You can upload and download documents through a process called File Transfer Protocol (FTP), which uses the web address you specify to send/receive documents. At Northwestern, FTP is enhanced with extra security to protect your password. This is referred to as SFTP (for Secure File Transfer Protocol).
Contribute/Dreamweaver and SFTP
The file transfer process is built into the functionality of Adobe Contribute and Adobe Dreamweaver. Recent versions of Contribute and Dreamweaver (CS3 or CS4) also support the extra security of SFTP. More information on using this software is available on the following pages on this site: updating pages with Contribute and updating pages with Dreamweaver.
Adobe Contribute Tips
#1: To create a line break without a line space, hold the shift key as you tap the "Enter" key.
#2: Need to indent a single line, or one or more paragraphs, of text? Use the indent button (see image) NOT the space bar. Why? Because using the spacebar will result in a string of non-breaking spaces that could size differently on different browsers, resulting in a ragged left margin, or create awkward and unnatural sentence wrapping.
Detailed information about using Contribute is also available on this site.