Before you begin to use LCMS to manage an existing Library website, your site must be loaded into a Subversion repository by an LCMS administrator. If you're creating a new website you'd like to manage with LCMS, the administrator will create a Subversion repository for your site content.
You should think of the files in your repository as master copies of your site content. Subversion handles deployment of each master copy to the appropriate locations in your staging area and production site.
To make revisions to your files, you download working copies from the repository and edit them locally on your workstation. When you're done revising, you upload the working copies into your repository, where Subversion identifies your changes and creates a new version of each file. SmartSVN handles the downloads and uploads for you.
To get started using LCMS, you'll need to:
- Install the SmartSVN client software
- Connect SmartSVN with your Subversion repository
- Create the local work area in which you'll edit your files (your local working copy folder)
The next few pages will guide you through these steps.
Next: Installing SmartSVN