Managing Files With Contribute


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IMPORTANT: Fix Server Upload Permissions

The default setting for newly uploaded files is that they are only readable by the user that uploaded them. This results in a “Forbidden” error when the files are viewed through a web browser.

Follow this tutorial to adjust this setting:

Setup a Connection

  1. Open up Contribute, choose Edit > My Connections (or Contribute > My Connections if you’re on a Mac) and hit Create. Alternatively, If the Create Connection button is on the main toolbar, you can click that instead. Hit Continue.
  2. Leave “Website” selected, enter your site’s web address, and hit Continue.
  3. Select “Secure FTP (SFTP)” from the dropdown. Enter as the “name of your SFTP server”, and your username and netID password. Hit Continue.
  4. Enter one of the following for “what folder contains your web site”, and hit Continue:
    • For personal sites: public_html/ (Note: This directory should be set up first.)
    • For sites on /usr/local/htdocs/your_directory_path
      (Replace your_directory_path appropriately. For instance, if your site is located at, your_directory_path would be departments/english)
  5. Enter your name and email address. Hit Continue, and then Finish.

That’s it. You should now be able to navigate your site through Contribute, and edit as needed.

Last Updated: October 10, 2017