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    Website collaboration software

    I've been maintaining a non-profit's web site for about 6 years. I have recently gotten some help, and we are undertaking a major face lift.

    I need suggestions for collaboration software (like CVS) so that we can avoid working simultaneously on pages and creating conflicting versions.

    I would prefer an open source alternative because (a) we don't have much of a budget, ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] a lot of open source web stuff happens to be superior, and we may be working on different platforms (windows, mac, linux).

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Website collaboration software

    You find everything at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.gnu.org/software/cvs/>http://www.gnu.org/software/cvs/</A>.
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    Re: Website collaboration software

    Thanks, Eileen. Have you ever used it? Our needs are modest since we will mostly be dealing with HTML pages and not program code (probably, not even the graphics). Ever seen anything simpler? We probably only need a file check out system to insure that two of us are not making changes to the same file concurrently.

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    Re: Website collaboration software

    It's highly reccomended over on the w3t board but it looks too complex for my needs. I use <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.araxis.com>Araxis Merge</A> - it's brilliant. Without it, I'd never be able to upgrade the Lounge whenever Scream brings out a new version.
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    Re: Website collaboration software

    Thanks for the tip on Araxis Merge. It's not quite what I'm looking for on this project, I can think of a lot of uses for it in my other work.

    As for CVS, its a fantastic system, but it is the kind of system where 100 developers can work together to maintain, say, the Apache web server project. Much too overwhelming for our little project.

    One member of our team says he can create a web page attached to a little database that is basically a table of files which make up the site with columns for each member of the team and one "in" column. There is a radio button type check for each of the files. When someone wants to work on a file, she would "check it out" by checking the file row in her column. Using a scheme of radio buttons and passwords, only one person can check out a file at a time and with your password, you can only check out to yourself, or "return" the file. Sounds perfect and adequate, but I don't have a lot of faith in him getting to putting it together, hence, my quest.

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    Re: Website collaboration software

    If you have MS Office Developer, (97 or 2000 both, I believe) there is a copy of Visual SOurce Safe, which will do similar.
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    Re: Website collaboration software

    Have Pro, not developer. Is Visual Source Safe available separately or for download?

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    Re: Website collaboration software

    When I first started collaborating, we simply set the Read Only attribute. As this seems to be over ridden by Frontpage you have to be careful when using this method. You also need a strict couple of rules that NOONE breaks. But its cheap.

    We are now using Visual SourceSafe which is great for anything you need to share with others. However, even with this, someone is bound to break the rules and lose an edit some where along the line.

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    Re: Website collaboration software

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://msdn.microsoft.com/ssafe/prodinfo/purchase/pricing.asp>Ouch</A>. Expensive.

    Probably not applicable to you, but it's available with some of the high-end Visual Studio applications like VB Enterprise.

    I suspect what's available under MSOffice Developers is a cut-down- which is probably what you want anyway. I don't have the office version installed, as the site runs VB Enterprise.
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