Creating and managing website and blog server connections
Last updated 4/30/2011
Some organizations use a firewall, a system that prevents unauthorized access to an intranet from outside. If your
organization has a firewall, you may need to configure Contribute to work with it. You would also need to know
whether your firewall supports passive FTP and whether you must provide a firewall host name and port number. If
you are not sure how the firewall supports FTP access, consult your organization’s network administrator.
Providing WebDAV information
The purpose of this dialog box is to enter the web address (URL) of the WebDAV server, your WebDAV user name,
and your WebDAV password.
1 Enter the web address (URL) for the WebDAV server.
The web address used by the WebDAV server is typically different from that used to serve the site. The WebDAV
address may have a port number appended to it, or other WebDAV designation.
2 Enter the WebDAV user name.
Note: Your FTP user name and password may be different from your network user name and password.
3 Enter the WebDAV password.
4 (Optional) To encrypt connection information for all websites, click the Advanced button. For more information,
see “Setting advanced connection settings” on page 283.
This option prevents unauthorized users from modifying your website when using the locally installed copy of
More Help topics
“Create a website connection” on page 241
“Create or edit a website or blog server connection” on page 278
Setting advanced connection settings
The purpose of this dialog box is to set options for your organization’s FTP connection and firewall, and to apply
additional security for accessing your website.
To set advanced connection settings, select the options you want to apply:
Let Contribute Automatically Detect FTP Server Settings
Lets Contribute automatically detect the FTP settings of
the server to which you are connecting. If you select this option, the manual FTP settings are disabled.
Choose FTP Server Settings Manually
Lets you specify the FTP settings to use with your server.
Use Passive FTP To Connect To The Server
Lets Contribute initiate the FTP connection, rather than relying on the
remote server to set it up. To use passive FTP, the firewall must be configured to allow the FTP client to set up the
Use FTP Performance Optimization
Lets Contribute optimize the connection for better performance.
Use Alternative Publish Method
Lets you use rollback files with FTP connections. If rollbacks are enabled and you
receive errors when you publish pages, select this option to change the way Contribute writes rollback files to the
Use FTP Proxy Settings When Connecting
Lets you specify a firewall host and the port number through which FTP
access is allowed. If you select this option, or if you click the FTP Proxy Settings button, the FTP Proxy category of
the Preferences dialog box appears; enter the name and port number of the FTP Proxy host through which FTP
access is enabled.