Web Design Software: Contribute 2

started by Analatana on Jan 22, 2004 — RSS Feed

Analatana Analatana
Posts: 6

HI ! This is Ana, writing from Buenos Aires and happy to have this forum available again. I am presenting today a proposal for a Yacht Club web site renewal, which MUST include the possibility of self updating as races classifications, results and news some times change by the minute and at the most inconvenient hours. They need to manage that information themselves and I need my codes and desing remain protected.  I read Joe's article at the moment but as some time has gone since, I would like to know if anyone have used Contribute? What do you think about it? Would it be easy and simple for the user to manage? They have enough complication with the information they handle which in their current site is a complete mess. Example: www.yco.com.ar. It has frames. In the menu at the left it says "Regatas" (Races) and in the submenu, if you enter in "Grand Prix L. Cerrato, you can see the tables at the main page with results of provisional and final results. I am proposing this: www.analatana.com/YCO/index.html. I am sorry that by the time being it is monolingual in spanish.
Regards and I remain anxious for comments ! Thanks!
Ana

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

analatana said:
I would like to know if anyone have used Contribute? What do you think about it?

Hello Ana, welcome back. Contibute would be ideal for this. It is very easy to use and is aimed at people who have little or no knowledge about the Web. Once you have set it up, anybody (who is permitted) can change the contents of a web page. It's as easy as typing into a web page itself and than saying 'update'.

There are other solutions, but this one is cheap and easy.

Joe

Analatana Analatana
Posts: 6

Thanks, Joe. Then I am including it in my proposal.

Janet Janet
Posts: 2

I am very intrigued by Contribute. Does it require Dreamweaver to utilize? Here is my situation: I am in a partnership and we each work from home. We keep a master list of current projects and who is working on what so we keep customer projects organized. We currently use a spreadsheed posted to our Yahoo clubs account. It is cumbersome to maintain. My partner has no web development experience or access to any web dev tools. I need something easy. Our Web site is built in FrontPage and hosted on a Windows server. I was looking into using .asp and a database so we could update our projects from our web site but Contribute sounds so much easier. Do you think this will work for us? Is there a better/cheaper/easier solution? Thanks.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

Dreamweaver is not essential to use Conribute, but makes it slightly easier to administer.

Contribute sounds so much easier. Do you think this will work for us? Is there a better/cheaper/easier solution? Thanks.


Contibute is pretty easy to use provided you are familiar with MS Office, it's very much aimed at that market.

There are cheaper solutions. Mozilla is free and can edit web pages on the server using its built-in 'Composer' web editor. Try it and see what you think.

There's also something called JustEdit which is half the price of Contribute - but it's for hand coders, it's not WYSIWYG.

Janet Janet
Posts: 2

Now that I got started on researching this topic I found a product called ProjectForum. They have a free version that covers all the things I need. Ever heard of it? I downloaded a trial version but am having trouble getting it running on my web site. Just wondering if it is worth the effort to get it going or if I should just buy Contribute. (ProjectForum does have more robust version for sale so this free version is just a come-on hoping to get paying customers). It seems like a nice product--but then again almost every product seems great in the sales materials!

Thanks
Janet

Analatana Analatana
Posts: 6

Hi, I have been following Janet's queries and Adm answers and I am afraid I am not able to "contribute" with anything. Just learning from the interchange. Regards.

Ana Gambutti Ana Gambutti
Posts: 2

Hello, Joe. This is I again, with the same subject. I wonder if there would be now, after all this time, a free software such as Contribute, which is great but, for Argentina, its price is very high in relation to Web Sites'.

I tried a little with Joomla, but I think that it is very limited regarding the design point of view, and may be sort of complicated to be offered to final users.

Thanks a lot and best regards,

Ana

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