WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. Detailed information, specifications and documentation related to this technology can be found on its official website: http://www.webdav.org/. Other valuable information is located on its Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebDAV.
WebDAV integration in Kentico enables users to open, edit and save files, which are stored in Kentico, in a client application installed on their local computer (e.g., using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Paint, etc.). The advantage of this approach is that no local copy of the edited file needs to be created and uploaded back to the server manually after editing. Saving the document in the client application updates the file on the server automatically. This provides a much more straightforward process of editing attached documents, especially for inexperienced users.
Enabling WebDAV in Kentico
To enable WebDAV on your website:
Once you have enabled WebDAV, you can use it in two modes:
- Edit mode - represents integration of WebDAV editing in the Kentico user interface. Using this feature, files uploaded in Kentico can be opened for WebDAV editing by clicking the Edit in client application ( ) icon.
- Browse mode - enables you to map a network drive in your operating system. Content of the network drive reflects the content of your website and you can edit website files just as if they were stored on a local drive.