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Contribute Compatible? CSS Sculptor, Site Assist

Thread began 8/03/2009 4:31 pm by kathy386070 | Last modified 8/04/2009 8:13 pm by Eric Mittman | 1475 views | 3 replies |

kathy386070

Contribute Compatible? CSS Sculptor, Site Assist

Hello,

I am considering purchasing the Web Suite (CSS Sculptor, Site Assist and CSS Menu) to create customer website. Prior to this I was planning on creating the website in Dreamweaver, but am challenged by CSS.

However, my requirement is that the site must be editable in Contribute. I do not envision the customer making any changes to Navigation, and I don't even think they will be adding new pages, but editing content, adding photos etc.

Will this product work for me? I don't want to consider a different CMS, except Contribute.
Also, can a CSS Sculptor template, or Site Assist site be brought into Dreamweaver?

Thank you,
Kathy

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Eric Mittman

The CSS design tools you mentioned can be used to create a CSS based site including the layout and the menu. You can then define your site in Contribute to work with the completed site. You will likely want to further configure Contribute to allow for editing only of the content area.

In regards to Dreamweaver all of these tools are used within Dreamweaver, you would be using the site that you created in DW.

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kathy386070

Eric,

Thank you for your reply. If I may ask just a wee-bit more clarification.

1. While I read that SiteAssist, CSS Sculptor are DW plugins, I was confused b/c the interface in the Demos appears to be a self-contained widget. Does a SiteAssist editor ever leave the interface and edit in native Dreamweaver? (hope I make sense)

2. I've been using DW, but have not worked w/ Templates or created a Contribute site. I have done some experimenting, and observe that it is within the DW template file (.dwt extension) that editable and non-editable sections are commented. (I realize there are editor permissions to be set in Contribute)
-- In SiteAssist, will I be editing/creating Dreamweaver(compatible) Templates (.dwt extension) that will behave like native DW templates, with regards to editable and non-editable regions?

3. I have been using Sparber's Pop Menu Magic... and breadcrumb tool, (also a DW plugin). Do you know if I will be able to use this on a SiteAssist site?

Thank you

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Eric Mittman

I will address these in the order you posted them.

The tools are all Dreamweaver extensions that rely on wizard style interfaces to configure. The output is standard html and css though that is designed to be edited from within DW.

SiteAssist will create a site that is based on a standard DWT file that will be located in the Templates folder. Making changes to this template file will update all of the pages in the site that are derived from it. The template contains some basic editable regions to allow you to alter the content on pages.

I do not know about the compatibility of these extensions in regards to our tools output, it is not something that I have any personal experience with. I can't say either way if it will work or not.

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