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Hello,

I have a website t r o p i c a l t i k i s dot c o m. the site is OS Commerce. I just got Filezilla, so I can see the files from the file manager on my computer. I use to have a partner that was a programmer and did all of the changes to the website but he is gone, I am now paying a guy $600 to only change the front page, like when I want a sale or to promote a new item. I want to do this myself. I am scared because I changed the index once before and all of the links on the page changed for no reason. Want I need help with is first: how do I know what files the first page of my website and the next catalog page are named and where they are in the file manager. Second once I find them in the filemanager can I just download them and edit them in NVU and put them back or is it more complicated than that, I heard there were languages and you cannot modify certain pages. If I know this I can save $600 a month. The last thing I will bug you with is that I do not understand where the database is to my website on westhost, how to access it and how to back it up, I see it in the file manager under Mysql, I could not figure out how you back it up. Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks

Scott

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Whew, ever heard of new line?

 

How do I know what files the first page of my website and the next catalog page are named and where they are in the file manager.

 

Browse to the page and look at the address bar that gives you the name.

 

Use file zilla to brose you server.

 

Could be in httddoc or www, depends on the set up

 

Browseing can't hurt, just never delete, but that is obvious.

 

Second once I find them in the filemanager can I just download them and edit them in NVU and put them back or is it more complicated than that,

 

If NVU is an editor, the answer is yes. Might be better to create a web server (xampp) on your pc and test it locally before potentially crashing your site. (Keep a copy of the site before every change so you can easily revert to a working copy.

 

 

I heard there were languages and you cannot modify certain pages.

 

Just be careful and test before releasing.

 

The last thing I will bug you with is that I do not understand where the database is to my website on westhost, how to access it and how to back it up,

 

You can back up via the osc admin panel.

 

I see it in the file manager under Mysql, I could not figure out how you back it up. Any help would be appreciated,

 

Export is the magic work.

 

Remember once you have backed up get a copy onto your local pc.

 

PS Can I have !0% of all the savings you are going to make. Seriously back up, test on a local copy read the knowledge base and w3.schools.com and this will minimise any problems.

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