cPanel, FTP, HTML,????

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ok.. i need some major help. i guess i bit off more than i can chew.

i had someone build me a website... it looks pretty good.... i think.

but now i'm trying to learn how to make changes to the content site, how to insert my paypal link to the site. people are telling me to use cpanel, ftp, html editor... i don't know when to use cpanel and when to use ftp and when to use html.

i'm trying to learn it on website but sometimes it gets even more confusing.

where do i start?
#cpanel #ftp #html
  • Profile picture of the author tulsatech
    Hi Charlie. Assuming you have cpanel, you can log in to the admin area by typing in http://www.example.com/cpanel and then login with the username and password you were given when you set up the site with your hosting company.

    Once you are in cpanel, just look for File Manager and click on it. From there, you are looking for a directory called "public_html" or "www". Then just look for the specific html page you want to edit.

    The other way is to use a ftp program like FileZilla or CuteFTP and, of course, you'll need to know the ftp directory (usually ftp.example.com) and it should be the same username and password as the cpanel example above. Most ftp clients that I have worked with have the local directory (that's your computer) on the left side and the ftp directory (your website) on the right hand side. And, it's just as easily as dragging and dropping from one side to the other to transfer files (uploading and downloading).

    Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author charliek3105
      thanks tulsatech. your comments definitely shed some light in this website programming. i'll play around with what you recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author jinmin
    Hi Charlie,

    It is easy to use FileZilla to managed your file in the server.Alternatively, if you are using Firefox, you may also donwload FireFTP add-on on Firefox. It is one of the useful and handy add on which is very convenient to use.

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    Regards
    Jinmin
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Aloha Charlie

    It sounds to me like you need to get some clarification on a few things here, you've got some great answers already so you're on the way. Here is my input, please forgive me if I'm stating something obvious to you but I want to cover all of the bases:

    - Your web page is probably built with HTML. I say "probably" because it could also be built with PHP and/or it could be on a content management system like Joomla or WordPress. I will assume that it is HTML, a good (but not infallible) indicator of this would be that your main page is named "index.html".

    - HTML files are actually just text files, you could edit one with Notepad but I would not recommend it. An HTML editor is a much better tool, it allows you to use an interface similar to MS Word to design and modify pages. It also makes editing the raw HTML (like you will need to do to insert your PayPal buttons) much easier. There are a few good free HTML editors, KompoZer would probably work nicely for you.
    KompoZer - Easy web authoring

    - To edit your file you have two choices - edit it "live" on the site (not the best idea but doable) or download it to your computer and work on it there. I would recommend the second method, if it's just HTML you can edit it and test it locally on your computer before uploading it back to the site.

    - To download and upload the files from your site you will need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program. A few respondents have suggested FileZilla, this is an excellent free FTP program that is quite user-friendly.
    FileZilla - The free FTP solution

    - I would suggest that you get some basic HTML knowledge before you attempt to edit your file. A very good source of this is the W3 Schools - they have a beginners level HTML course that you could follow at your own pace.
    HTML Tutorial

    I hope this is of some help and doesn't just add to your confusion! Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

    Best of luck...

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesFraze
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      I can also do the work for you very quickly as a monthly managed hosting service ie: several uploads, edits, installs for a reasonable and affordable fee.

      The most valuable asset you have is your time - don't get frustrated with a huge learning curve. Let me do the technical stuff and you focus on growing your business. You'd be surprised how much you can get done when you don't dread the technical hurdles. Let me or someone who is very good at it do it for a small fee.

      My contact information is in my profile.
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  • Profile picture of the author lawed
    Hi,

    I am a fellow new webmaster. So, I don't claim to know much aside from my own experience at overcoming similar hurdles.

    Maybe I am missing something, but thus far I have found that CPnel works for me as the main place to go to manage what is on my server.

    In CPanel I personally use the File Manager to Upload, Download files. I use that instead of ftp. There is also a WYSIWYG editor there which allows editing and/or creation of pages. But if I need tp spend time using the editor I do use a Free html editor because I prefer being on the server (CPanel) the least amount of time possible just in case something goes wrong while online. That way there is less chance that some harm will be done while on the server.

    That's my .02 in my limited experience up till now. In summary, I found that all those things, html, ftp can be handled from CPanel anyway so keeping it simple has meant I only need to use CPanel for all of the foregoing.

    Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
      Originally Posted by lawed View Post

      Maybe I am missing something, but thus far I have found that CPnel works for me as the main place to go to manage what is on my server.

      In CPanel I personally use the File Manager to Upload, Download files. I use that instead of ftp. There is also a WYSIWYG editor there which allows editing and/or creation of pages. But if I need tp spend time using the editor I do use a Free html editor because I prefer being on the server (CPanel) the least amount of time possible just in case something goes wrong while online. That way there is less chance that some harm will be done while on the server.
      As I said in my earlier post editing on the site directly is possible, but is not recommended. Although it skips the FTP process and is a bit quicker you also are editing a "live" site so any errors you make will immediately affect the site.

      If it's just HTML you are editing then the result may just be a "weird looking" web page. If it's PHP and you make an error the page may not display at all, or even worse - I accidentally wrote an "endless loop" a few days ago on my test server by omitting one line of PHP, the server didn't like it very much! (at least it was my local test server). And I've been programming since the 70's and have been building web pages since 1992, but I still make the (occasional!) mistake! It happens!

      In your case you are just learning HTML so the chances of making an error on your live site are even greater.

      If you do decide to edit directly on the site I strongly advise that you first make a backup of the file you are editing. You could use your file manager and make a copy. That way if you do mess it up you can put it back together.

      The advantages of editing offline greatly outweigh the small task of learning to use FTP (which is a skill you will need anyway), the main advantage being that you can test your results on every browser before committing them to the site.


      All the best..

      Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author charliek3105
    alright... things are starting to clear up little by little. everyone's advice has been REALLY REALLY helpful. i love this forum.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    If you can login to your hosting accounts C-Panel you may
    find you have C-Panel X3, which has integrated videos that
    show you around. I don't use it myself because I became
    accustomed to Cpanel X but if X3 is available to YOU I recommend
    you go through the help section in it.
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