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    HI there,
    Our company hired a 3rd party to develop our website. they have handed it back to us to manage and I want to make some changes. I've got all the files from them and connected to the host server through dreamweaver. I thought dreamweaver was a WYSIWYG application but all I can see is the .php .tpl .css files in code view only.
    How could I see them in the design view in order for me to change things without being a coding expert??
    Thanks!

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    You can't unless you have an actual server with Apache and PHP, etc.

    So you'll need to know what system they used (Drupal, Joomla, WordPress?).
    Then, manually make changes using a text editor, either the one that is with
    Dreamweaver or Notepad, or Notepad++.

    But when you say "make changes", do you mean to how the pages look, or
    that content itself? With a CMS (content management system), the content
    is controlled through an online admin page. That's the whole point of using a CMS.

    So describe what you mean by "make changes".


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    Yeah, I want to make changes to look and feel and layout - colours etc. Move some boxes that we arent happy with (and they want to charge 's to fix!).
    I have set up my local machines as IIS and downloaded PHP. Would I be better with Apache? Do I also need MySQL??
    Many thanks for your help!

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    The templates that they have are saved as .tpl files - would this give you a clue as to how they built the website?

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    Find out specifically what script it is.
    Most likely in the meta tag section you can decipher what it is ... WordPress?
    Many CMS systems use .tpl files (template files).

    I'm not a web server expert, so I can't instruct you on how to run the
    whole site offline (on your own server). Maybe someone else knows that?

    You will need PHP and MySQL (most likely PHP5).

    Give us the URL to the existing website and maybe we can figure out the CMS base script.


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    You could download the web developer toolbar for Firefox, or get firebug, then you would be able to identify the various elements on your page and you can then change the CSS accordingly.

    Do you have a link to your site? I may be able to tell what they've made it on if you do, then may be able to help more.

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    You can view your php pages through DW without a local server. In the "Site Definitions" or "Manage Sites" (both are the same thing), you can define a testing server, which can be your normal log in info with a couple of different things. This will give you the preview thru DW though and not a browser.


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