Adobe InContext Editing is an online hosted service that lets users make simple content changes within a web browser. To change a web page, users simply browse to the page, log in to the InContext Editing service, and edit the page. The editing options are simple and elegant, and using them requires no previous knowledge of HTML code or web editing.
Before you enable users to make live changes on the web, however, you normally use Dreamweaver to make your HTML pages editable. You do this by specifying regions on the page that you want to allow users to edit. For more information, see the Adobe Dreamweaver InContext Editing documentation.
Note: InContext Editing does allow you to create editable regions without the use of Dreamweaver. However, the functionality of editable regions created in this manner is limited. For more information, see Create editable regions in a browser.
This InContext Editing Web Developer Guide provides instructions for navigating and using the InContext Editing Administration Panel. The InContext Editing Administration Panel is where you can add and delete websites to and from the InContext Editing service, view the websites that you've added, manage website users, and make websites active or inactive.
In addition to this documentation, Adobe also provides a number of other resources to help you work with InContext Editing:
Note: This video is not in synch with the most current version of InContext Editing. While the workflows and functionality are the same, there are differences between the browser interface in the video and the current InContext Editing interface.
Note: Adobe InContext Editing does not function correctly under certain conditions. For a list of specific network, browser, page, and editing limitations, see www.adobe.com/go/incontextediting_limitations.
Note: Adobe AIR does not support Adobe InContext Editing. If you use the AIR Extension for Dreamweaver to export an application that contains InContext Editing regions, the InContext Editing functionality will not work.
InContext Editing supports three user roles: web developer, publisher, and editor. Anyone registered with the InContext Editing service can sign in to the InContext Editing Administration Panel, but your ability to perform certain operations in the Administration Panel depends on your specific user role.
The following table shows some common tasks, and who can perform them in InContext Editing.
|View websites for which you are registered||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Add a new website||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Change configuration of an existing website||Yes||No||No|
|Assign user roles||Yes||Yes||No|
|Edit website pages||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Publish website pages||Yes||Yes||No|
|Make website active/inactive||Yes||No||No|
You perform most of the above tasks in the InContext Editing Administration Panel. Some of the tasks, however, like editing and publishing, are performed in the editable browser window for a particular page.
You can view websites that you've registered with the InContext Editing service. The Manage Sites page displays the name of the website, the website's activation status, the website's URL, the date the website was added to the service, and your role as it relates to that website (web developer, publisher, or editor). All users can view the InContext Editing websites for which they've registered, however, only web developers and publishers can manage the site's users, and only web developers can manage the site's settings.
You add websites to the InContext Editing service through the InContext Editing Administration Panel. When you configure the site, you provide all of the necessary FTP information InContext Editing needs to connect to your site and make the pages editable.
The user who configures the FTP settings for a newly-added website automatically becomes the web developer for that site. (There is only one web developer per site.) The web developer can invite other users to edit the site, and set users' roles (as publishers and editors).
Note: If you want to change the web developer for an already-configured website (for example, if you want to transfer ownership of the site to the site owner after development), the person who is to become the new web developer must log into the InContext Editing Administration panel and add the website again. When you add a new website to the service, you become the web developer for that site, and the previous web developer is deleted from the account.
Note: The Manage Sites page of the Administration Panel also includes an Add Site button that opens the Add Site wizard.
Site Name and URL screen
Site Name The name of your website as it appears in the InContext Editing Administration Panel.
Site Address (URL) The URL of your site root. For example, http://www.mysite.com/.
FTP Settings screen
Connection Method The connection method that you want InContext Editing to use when connecting to the web server. You can select either FTP or SFTP (Secure FTP).
Use Passive FTP Select this option if you want to use passive FTP when connecting. For more information on passive FTP, see the Adobe website.
FTP HostThe hostname of your FTP server. Your FTP host is the full Internet name of a computer system, such as ftp.mysite.com. Enter the full host name without any additional text. In particular, don’t add a protocol name in front of the host name.
If you do not know your FTP host, contact the web company that hosts the website.
Note: Port 21 is the default port for receiving FTP connections, however server administrators sometimes change the port setting to another port to prevent unauthorized FTP access. In those situations, you can append a colon and the port number to the FTP host entry. For example, if the port is 29, you would enter ftp.mysite.com:29.
Username Your FTP username.
Password Your FTP password.
You can click the Test Connection button to make sure your settings are correct before proceeding.
Host Directory The host directory (folder) on the FTP server where you store your web pages. If you're adding a site that you built with Dreamweaver, the host directory in the Add Site wizard should be the same host directory that you specified in the Dreamweaver Site Settings dialog box. For more information, see the Dreamweaver documentation.
Tip: Click the Browse button to browse to the folder you want to use.
Media Directory The folder where you want to store site assets, such as images and other documents. You should define this directory relative to the host directory.
Tip: Click the Browse button to browse to the folder you want to use.
Default Page(s) The default page that displays when the user requests a directory (for example, index.html, or index.cfm). InContext Editing pre-populates the field with a list of default pages.
Note: If your site does not yet contain any InContext Editing include files (for example, if you did not create editable pages using Dreamweaver and upload the required include files to the server), InContext Editing gives you a message stating that the files required for making your site's content editable have been saved in a folder called "includes/ice", and copied to your site's host directory.
Once you've completed the site configuration, the website appears on the Manage Sites page of the InContext Editing Administration Panel.
Note: If you've reached the maximum number of active sites (i.e. 100), InContext Editing adds the site but makes it inactive. To activate the site, you must de-activate another site first. For more information, see Set activation status for a website.
Once you've registered a website with the InContext Editing service, you can edit the configuration settings at any time.
Note: Only web developers can edit website configuration settings.
Note: The Manage Users and Settings button does not appear unless you are a web developer for that website.
Note: You can click Revert to Saved to discard any changes that you've made. InContext Editing will re-save the configuration as it was before you made changes.
At any given time, you can have up to 100 sites active with the InContext Editing service. The number of sites you add to the service, however, is unlimited. For example, you might add 150 sites to the service and manage them through the Administration panel, but only the 100 sites that you set as active would be editable by publishers and editors.
When you de-activate a website, all user information is retained. Users do not need to re-register or be re-assigned roles when you activate a website again.
Note: Only web developers can set the activation status for a website.
You can remove a website from the InContext Editing service if you are both a web developer for the website and the website's only registered user. If you have other users associated with the site, or still have invitations pending, you must delete or disinvite those users before you can remove the site.
Note: You must use an InContext Editing web developer user account for a given website in order to have the ability to remove the website.
The Manage Users page of the InContext Editing Administration Panel lets you perform a number of user-management tasks.
To open the Manage Users page:
Note: You must use an InContext Editing web developer or publisher user account for a given website in order to gain access to that site's Manage Users page.
Once you are on the Manage Users page, you can perform a number of actions.
When you change a user role, the user receives a notification e-mail.
The invited user appears as pending on the Manage Users page until the invitee accepts the invitation. The invitation is valid for 30 days. You'll receive an e-mail when the user either accepts or declines the invitation.
Note: You can only invite publishers and editors. For information on changing the site's web developer, see Add and configure a website.
When you delete a user, the user receives a notification e-mail.
Note: You cannot delete yourself from a website.
You also have the option of configuring a website from the Manage Users page. To do so, follow the instructions in Change website configuration.
To return to the Manage Sites page at any time, click the Manage Sites link at the top of the browser window.
If you are a web developer or publisher, you can administer and publish pages directly in the editable browser.
Tip: You can easily open a registered website from the Administration Panel by clicking the website's URL on the Manage Sites page, or by clicking the View/Edit Site button on the Manage Users page.
Note: You must use an InContext Editing web developer's or publisher's user account in order to see the publish and discard draft options.
Edit Page Lets you edit the current page. When you click the Edit button, the page becomes editable. When you save changes, InContext Editing creates a draft version of the page.
Duplicate Page Creates a duplicate of the current page. When you click the Duplicate Page button, InContext editing asks you to enter a title and file name for the duplicate file.
Discard Draft Discards the current draft. The current draft is the draft last-edited and saved by any user.
Publish Draft Publishes the current draft to the live site. Once the page is published, the draft process for that page begins anew.
InContext Editing lets you create editable regions in a browser without the use of Dreamweaver. This functionality is designed as a quick-start offering and is limited in that you cannot define repeating regions or properties for each editable region.
Before you begin, make sure the site you want to work with is registered with the InContext Editing service. For more information, see Add and configure a website.
Note: Only web developers can create editable regions in a browser.
Regions that are eligible for transformation are surrounded by dotted lines. Only DIV, TD, and TH tags that have a unique ID are eligible for transformation.
When you select a region, it becomes shaded, and a check box is selected in the upper-left corner of the region. To de-select the region, de-select the check box.
The Browser returns you to regular Edit mode.
The default keyboard shortcut command for invoking the InContext Editing service in a browser is Control+E for Windows, and Command+E for Macintosh. You can, however, customize this command.
Note: These instructions apply to users who have used Dreamweaver to create InContext Editing pages. If you're using the InContext Editing service independently from Dreamweaver, you'll need to download the includes/ice folder to your computer to make the changes specified.
|Valid modifiers (PC and Macintosh)||
|Valid modifiers (Macintosh only)||CMD
|Valid keyboard shortcut commands||[Modifier][Separator][Letter A-Z]
Note: Deleting the value completely from the configuration file will disable the command.
You can edit the name, email address, and password on your account at any time.
Note: You can also edit account settings from an InContext Editing editable browser window. The My Account button appears at the top of the window whenever you make a page of your website editable.
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