Adobe Contribute is a software program used to update content on non-WordPress websites built using Adobe Dreamweaver. Note that updates to site navigation, layout, and appearance must be made using Dreamweaver.


Adobe Contribute is used together with Adobe Dreamweaver to maintain a non-WordPress website:

  1. The website is created using Dreamweaver.
  2. Content updates are made using Contribute.
  3. Changes to layout, navigation, and appearance are made using Dreamweaver.

Contribute can be used to restrict the level of editing that each user can exercise. The typical user roles are:

  • Administrator
    • Can add, remove, and reassign users to different roles.
    • Can edit text and images and can publish updates to the Web.
    • Can approve updates made by Writers.
  • Publisher
    • Can edit text and images and can publish updates to the Web.
    • Can approve updates made by Writers.
  • Writer
    • Can edit text and images but cannot publish updates to the Web.

Contribute is less expensive and faster to learn than Dreamweaver, but is still more expensive,  less powerful and has a steeper learning curve in comparison to WordPress. In addition, all Contribute and Dreamweaver users for a single website must use the same software version (e.g., CS3 or CS4) to avoid compatibility issues. As a result, BU departments are increasingly migrating their Dreamweaver/Contribute-based websites to WordPress.

Comparison with WordPress

WordPress has many advantages over Contribute, including:

  1. It’s free — no software purchase is required.
  2. Ease of use.
  3. Drag-and-drop navigation.
  4. Streamlined file management.
  5. Improved user management.
  6. Access controls.
  7. A catalog of existing designs.
  8. Built-in news and calendar tools.

To learn more about WordPress or request that your site be migrated to WordPress, see our  WordPress Overview.


Departments can purchase licenses for Adobe Contribute at a discount through the IT Help Center. Note: discounted licenses must be purchased using an approved requisition and are only available to official University departments and offices.