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Hi,

I have a couple of questions. When I go to the file manager and click on something, an error message shows at the top (Error: I can not write to this file. Please set the right user permissions). I read somewhere that I have to change something to 777 to allow me to edit these. How do I do that?

 

Also, how do I put my own logo at the top instead of the oscommerce one?

 

THANKS!

Aaron :D

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Do NOT use the filemanager to edit files. Use a text editor and FTP client...otherwise you will break the code and have more headaches than I can convey in a single post.

 

Bobby

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Thanks for the reply!

I am a major beginner at all of this. When you said text editor, do you mean something like Word or Frontpage?

 

If I go to my website, it still has all the stock oscommerce stuff in the middle about warnings as how to edit the text. I am very confused about how to delete all of their text and stick mine in. Maybe I should take a class :lol:!

 

Thanks!

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Okay, I think I might have an idea of what to do. I downloaded smartFTP so I can transfer files. Now, to ad my return policy, what do I do? Do I just type is up using frontpage and save the frontpage file and send it through the smartFTP software? Then, what do I do after that? :D

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Okay, I think I might have an idea of what to do. I downloaded smartFTP so I can transfer files. Now, to ad my return policy, what do I do? Do I just type is up using frontpage and save the frontpage file and send it through the smartFTP software? Then, what do I do after that?  :D

 

Have you read the knowledge base and searched thro the forum posts ?

 

You questions seem to indicate not

 

Charles

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"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, a lover in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ~ WOO HOO!! What a ride!"

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I did search the forums and have been sifting thorught the knowledge base. There is a lot of great information, but I can't find the answer to my questions. I just want to know the basics on how to edit the text...I am sure it is very easy, I just can't seem to figure out how. Any help would be great :D.

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Your best bet is to edit the files locally on your PC (notepad is adequate for this task, and I assume you know how to use that!), then re-upload via FTP

 

Thanks for the reply FalseDawn!

Okay, I copied the HTML for the return policy page. I then pasted this into the notepad and added the policy into the sections that was designated for it. I then saved it and uploaded it with the FTP. Now, how do I go to the page where I can cut the old HTML and paste in the new HTML. I feel like I am so close to getting this :D :thumbsup: !

THANKS!

Aaron

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Most of the text that gets displayed is contained in the catalog/includes/language/your language/specific file.php file

 

If your site is all in english, then the your language would be english. The specific file relates to the page you want to edit. Look at the address bar for the page the text is on, at the end it will show which file is active, and that's the one to edit (like index.php for example). Once you open one of these files and see the defines, then you should be able to work it out from there. The one other thing that may cause errors at this point is punctuation, some needs to be escaped, or the computer will read it as code, rather than text. Apostrophe marks are a prime example, use /', not just '.

 

Good luck,

 

Jeremy

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Thanks again for the reply! I understand everything you said. If I go to the file manager, I can see all the files and the one I want to edit. When I go to edit it, it says that I have to set user permissions. Someone else replied that I should not edit with the file manager. Is there anywhere else that I can access the html code and edit it all in the same spot? I sure do sound like a newbie!! :P

Thanks!

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I think I have figured this all out! If I go to "define languages" and find then find the file and click on it, the HTML is shown that I want to edit. But, there is still a user permission error at the top not allowing me to edit it. Where do I go and how do I give myself permission to edit the html?

THANKS!!!! :D

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I think I have figured this all out! If I go to "define languages" and find then find the file and click on it, the HTML is shown that I want to edit. But, there is still a user permission error at the top not allowing me to edit it. Where do I go and how do I give myself permission to edit the html?

THANKS!!!!  :D

 

 

Go to your ftp program, find the file you want, right click, go to properties and change it there.

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And again, do not use the file editor, you'll regret it! Download the file to your computer, and use another program to edit the file (I use wordpad mostly). And make a copy of the file before you star to change things, so you have a backup to resort to if the changes don't work out.

 

Jeremy

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:D Thanks for the tips! I finally figured it out! Yahoo!!!!!! I will make sure I don't edit the files in the file manager. I can see how that would really mess things up! Thanks again for all the help!

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