Adobe Contribute

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Adobe Contribute is a WYSIWYG web page editor that is used at Gustavus to maintain an increasing number of parts of the Gustavus website.


If you do not have Contribute installed on your College-owned computer and want to use it, please contact the Technology Helpline. If you have OS X Mavericks installed on your Gustavus-owned computer, please see Managed Software Update. You are able to install it with just a few clicks.

Getting started

If you have Contribute installed on your computer and are ready to jump in, the best place to start is the built-in tutorial. To access the tutorial, take the following steps:

  1. Open Contribute.
  2. In the menu bar, select Help > Contribute Tutorial
  3. If using Contribute CS5, the Contribute Tutorial is located in the lower right of the initial pop up screen.

Setting up

Personal homepages

To set up Contribute to maintain your personal homepage, please follow the steps outlined in the personal homepage.

Organization website

To set up Contribute to maintain your organization's website, please follow the steps outlined in the student organization websites article.

Department or office website

Obtaining access

If you would like to make changes to your department or office website, please contact Web Services via e-mail at Web Services will configure your website so that you can edit it in Contribute.


After Web Services has configured your website, you will need to set up Contribute's connection to your website by installing a connection key. If you already have set up a connection to edit a different Gustavus website, you can probably skip this.

  1. Download the Gustavus connection key.
  2. Open Contribute.
  3. In the menu bar click on "Edit > My Connections" (Windows) or "Contribute > My Connections" (Mac).
  4. A new window should appear. In this window, click on the button labeled "Import."
  5. Browse to the location of the Gustavus connection key you downloaded in step 1.
  6. Select the Gustavus connection key.
  7. Your connection should now be set up and you should be able to edit your website.

Saving a connection key

Since the computers in the Gustavus labs reset themselves each time you log out, you are forced to recreate a connection to your website each time you want to use Contribute. However, Contribute can save your connections to a file, allowing you to easily restore them later.

Please note: these steps are only necessary if you're working in a lab environment.

To save a connection key:

  1. Go to Edit -> Administer Websites -> [Name of your website Connection].
  2. Select your name and click "Send Connection Key."
  3. Click Next, then click next again.
  4. Select "Save to local machine." Choose a password you can remember enter it into the password boxes. Click Next, then click Done.
  5. Contribute will ask you where you’d like to save the connection key. Save it in your Documents folder on your home directory.
  6. Click Close.

The Contribute connection to your website is now saved. To load your settings the next time you want to work on your website, just go to your home directory and double-click on the connection key you just saved.


If you are having problems connecting to your website, try to remove and re-add your connection by following these steps:

  1. Open Contribute.
  2. Go to Edit -> My Connections.
  3. In the window that appears, click on "Publishing Server."
  4. Click on the "Remove" button at the top of the window.
  5. Click Close.
  6. Quit out of Contribute.
  7. Follow the steps under Connecting to re-connect to the Publishing Server.

Contact us

Please contact the Technology Helpline at 507-933-6111, stop by the Technology Services department in Olin Hall or complete our contact form.