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Contribute DIY Guide

File maintenance

Deleting a web page, documents or image files

As your website evolves, you may have unwanted files lingering that are still accessible via the web. Removing the link or reference from an existing web page does not keep it from being available. The files need to be deleted from your website directory on the CAES Datacenter server.

Depending on your role, you might be able to delete pages from your website directory. If you can delete pages, you can delete files of any type from your website including image files, Microsoft Office files, PDFs, etc.

Note: If you do not have permission to delete a page that you need to delete, email Contribute support at

You do not need special permission to delete a new page that you created and haven't published yet.

Delete a web page

In Contribute, using the process below, select the file you want to delete.

  • Browse to your page.
  • Go to the View menu.
  • Click Choose File or Blog Entry.

    Choose file or blog entry
  • Browse through the folders and files until the proper file is located.

    Finding File

Note: If Contribute cannot display the page or file you browse to, you'll see the File Placeholder page. You can still delete the page or file, even though you can't view it.

  • When the file or placeholder image is viewed, click OK.

    Doc file
  • Select File > Actions > Delete Page.

    File-Actions-Delete page.

Note: This menu item is disabled if you do not have permission to delete pages on your website.

  • You will be prompted with the following question: "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this web page? Doing so might cause broken links on other pages on your website."

    screenshot of prompt
  • Click Yes to confirm that you want to delete the file. Contribute deletes the file and displays the last page you viewed in the browser.
  • If the deleted file has a current link to it from another page, browse to that page and edit it to remove the link to the deleted file.
  • If the file that has been deleted was NOT linked to (i.e., a very old file where the link to the deleted file was already removed), then you're done.