How To Edit Someone Else's Site?

Profile picture of the author jan roos by
Hi Guys I need some help.

If I want to add title tags, meta tags and maybe an extra page or two plus an optin form to a friend of mine's website how do I go about doing that? Do I need to somehow upload his site to my sitebuilder software which is Xsitepro2 or do I just need his login details for his cpanel?

I have very limited experience with this but once I am in an html wyswig site builder tool I can make all the changes but just not sure how to get his site on my sitebuilder and then how to republish after editing.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Cheers
#web design #edit #site

  • Profile picture of the author agent_whitehat
    Yes you need the admin panel details. If this is going to be a simple change then FTP access alone is enough. You can download the file that you need to change , edit it, replace the file in the server with the new one.

    My advice is to backup the original file before you start playing with it
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I doubt you'll be able to import the site into xsp (unless it was built with a compatible program). Would perhaps be better to use the same program site was built with initially or do the editing through cpanel.

    kay
  • Profile picture of the author Careygee
    Jan,
    I helped out a friend once in another state.

    1. I went to his site and the page/s in question.
    2. Clicked on source and saved it.
    3. Opened it in my wysiwyg program and made the changes.
    4. Posted all pages to a directory on my site and sent him the URL.
    5. He went there, went to source on each page and copied and then
    he pasted the source copy to his pages while in his cPanel edit page.

    Worked great for us with out me having to go to his cPanel.
    We had no problems with editor compatibility.
    Hope this helps
    Carey
  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    By all means back-up the original site first.

    You can open the site in your browser.
    Click "view", "source".
    Then, copy the html and paste into the html view of your wysiwyg.
    Go to design view and make your changes.

    Save the file as "home" or something other than index.
    Upload it to his server. Make sure everything's right. Then change the name of the original index file. Keep it on the site in case you need to use it again.
    Then, change the name of the new page to "index".

    Hope this helps.

    LC
  • Profile picture of the author Careygee
    Originally Posted by lcombs View Post

    By all means back-up the original site first.

    You can open the site in your browser.
    Click "view", "source".
    Then, copy the html and paste into the html view of your wysiwyg.
    Go to design view and make your changes.

    Save the file as "home" or something other than index.
    Upload it to his server. Make sure everything's right. Then change the name of the original index file. Keep it on the site in case you need to use it again.
    Then, change the name of the new page to "index".

    Hope this helps.

    LC
    Yep, we did save his originals by changing each original
    by placing an "x" in front of each page. ie; xindex.html and etc
  • Profile picture of the author jan roos
    That's great. Thaks for all the info guys. Seems like it won't be too hard to install an optin form on someone else's site even if he or she is on the other side of the world. So if I understand correctly I just click source on their site copy the html code and paste it into my sitebuilder then make the changes get his ftp and server login info and upload the new page to his server?

    Cheers
  • Profile picture of the author awesometbn
    Originally Posted by Careygee View Post

    Jan,
    I helped out a friend once in another state.

    1. I went to his site and the page/s in question.
    2. Clicked on source and saved it.
    3. Opened it in my wysiwyg program and made the changes.
    4. Posted all pages to a directory on my site and sent him the URL.
    5. He went there, went to source on each page and copied and then
    he pasted the source copy to his pages while in his cPanel edit page.

    Worked great for us with out me having to go to his cPanel.
    We had no problems with editor compatibility.
    Hope this helps
    Carey
    Unless you were told about server side scripts (such as PHP scripting logic and server side includes and .htaccess) you would miss these when you copied the source output of his HTML and Javascript. But you're right, if the pages are less complex your method works well for collaboration.
  • Profile picture of the author Rich Currie
    Originally Posted by awesometbn View Post

    Unless you were told about server side scripts (such as PHP scripting logic and server side includes and .htaccess) you would miss these when you copied the source output of his HTML and Javascript. But you're right, if the pages are less complex your method works well for collaboration.
    Took the words right out of my mouth!
  • Profile picture of the author -Nick-
    If it is using same header file across the site then you might also want to come up with a new database table and would have to query that table for related title, metas for the pages.

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