Understanding Contribution Methods
Site developers can enable content contributors to create and modify the content of a UMContent-delivered site in one or more of three ways. The first two are Web-based and can be done using Internet Explorer or Firefox on either the Mac or Windows platforms.
Web-based Form Contribution
If a web developer sets up this method of contribution on a web site, contributors:
- SIgn in to UMContent.
- Enter contribution mode.
- Select a contribution icon on the page to which they wish to add or edit content. This will launch the contributor application and a web-based form will open.
- Add or edit content using the tools made available in the form.
- Select submit and view the content additions or changes on the UMContent page.
Web-based Native Document Contribution
This method of contribution is similar to the form contribution except when the contributor clicks the contribution icon on a page to which they wish to add or edit content, instead of a form opening, a native document will open into its native application.
The application that is launched is determined by how the site developer sets up the site. For example, if the content of a particular web page in the site resides in a Microsoft Word document, then when the contributor selects edit, the content it will open into Microsoft Word.
The contributor then makes and saves the changes in Microsoft Word and these changes are viewable on the UMContent page. Behind the scene, a dynamic converter template, set up by the web developer, converts the content into HTML so it displays correctly on the website.
Drag and Drop Native Document Contribution
This method of contribution enables contributors to access a contribution folder in UMContent using any WebDAV-compliant client into which they’ll drop documents for the website.
Often this method of contribution is used in situations where the web site is set up to automatically display a list of links to all the documents in a given folder. For example, let’s say that a contributor has the responsibility of maintaining all the press releases on a given web site. Since the press releases are all formatted exactly the same way and the site is set up for WebDAV contribution, all the contributor has to do is place all the press releases in the designated contribution folder and they automatically appear on the site. Behind the scene, a dynamic converter template, set up by the web developer, converts the content of the files into HTML so it displays correctly on the website.
For details, see Using Contribution Folders.