Don't understand why Yola doesn't have FTP:(

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I am just so frustrated. I have seen site after site that has FTP capabilities so I can use my Dreamweaver files but Yola doesn't have it and I payed 20 dollars for my yola site for a year. I mean that is cheap, but how do these free sites have what Yola doesn't? I am heartbroken because I can't use my Dreamweaver here. FTP can't be that hard to have if all these free sites have it?? Can someone explain it to me? Maybe I would feel better about Yola if I understood this.

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Hi Denise,

Just to clarify, you more than likely bought a domain name from Yola for 20 dollars a year, that is for the domain name, Yola itself is free.

Yola has an FTP we just don't have acess to it, probably for security reasons,and probably to keep inline with the terms of use. Because if users had access to the FTP they could remove the Yola footer or upload they're own site (not made by Yola) and basically take advantage of the free hosting.

Can you tell us what are the other free sites?

Connor
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Yes I can tell you the other free sites and I researched about half of them. Here is the link:

<! http://www.free-webhosts.com/ --> There are about 500 on the list. I am sorry that Yola doesn't allow FTP because I think it is very popular or so many sites would not allow it. That's the bottom line. If other free sites can allow it, than why not yola. That is my question.
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Just to make sure we are talking about the same thing, you are talking about File Transfer Protocol right?
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Yes, you are correct.
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Hi Denise

I'm sorry that this lack of access to FTP has been a source of frustration, especially if you're coming from a place that did allow this.

Is there something in particular you're wanting to do? Perhaps we can find a workaround that would be suitable?
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No darlin, you can't work around because it simply won't allow me to upload my site files from Dreamweaver.

Good luck here and I hope all the best for you and your biz:) denise
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Well, There is a small possibility a workaround. I use my own hosting along side Yola's hosting, for example:

I can upload javascript files to my own hosting then link to them with the HTML widget in Yola.

I'm not totally sure if it's possible, but could you upload a phpbb forum to your hosting then link in to a sub-domain. (<tell me if this is not possible).
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yes, FTP, it is needed if you are going to be able to upload dreamweaver to a Yola website.
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Hi Denise

I think the confusion arises because you are comparing Yola to free hosting services. Yola is not a free hosting service like http://www.free-webhosts.com/ Yola is a free site builder that offers a complete solution for site building and hosting.

We provide a tool that allows anyone, without programming knowledge to build a site easily, and then host this site free of charge. We also sell domain names, which you can use with our free service, or elsewhere if you decide to.

The reason that it is not possible to upload a Dreamweaver site via FTP is that this site would not be compatible with our software. For a site to run on our servers it needs to be built with the Yola site builder. Essentially Yola is an alternative to Dreamweaver, not a hosting service for Dreamweaver sites. You don't use Yola with Dreamweaver, you use Yola instead of Dreamweaver.

You said you would feel better about Yola if we could explain this to you, and I hope I have been able to do so.

The reason people on this thread are trying to offer help is they would like to determine what type of site you are trying to build so that they can advise you on how to build it with the Yola toolset. However, if you misunderstood the nature of our service and were only looking for a host for a site you had already built with other software, then I fully understand why this is not the type of assistance you are looking for.

If you need help pointing your domain to your new host, please email support@yola.com and we will help you with this.
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thank you monique, this makes perfect sense and explains a lot of my questions. When I bought the membership I didn't know anything about my dreamweaver, ftp or website building, and I still don't know much at all. I so appreciate your explanation. I struggled so much with the button making and it is no ones fault, it is my lack of knowledge. Would you have time to look at my site and tell me how I could do a couple of things? If I could figure them out, my whole problem would be solved and I could just stay here. Yola is where I would chose to be if I could get these things ironed out. I fought with the buttons/menu for 2 days and still didn't get them to work and then the pages to match homepage format. I'm gonna take another "fresh" look today. I would rather stay here with nice people then go somewhere else. Denise

http://www.fromheretoeden.com
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Denise.. I would be happy to help you with your buttons. Can we take this one step at a time to help minimize any frustration?
Firstly, I just need to ask a few questions.

Please tell me how you made your buttons? Did you do it through cooltext? Do you have a sample of the buttons that you'd like to try and emulate?
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Ok darlin, I will try this again today. It is my fault I know. I don't follow people's instruction very well. I think I have some learning disabilities. I didn't use to but I got sick about 2 years ago and I am not the same person I was, I was much more capable:) But I'm not finished!! Im gonna keep trying. The first link is where I found the buttons and the second in my website. If I can finish the button linking and make sure all my pages have same format, that is all I need to go ahead with the rest which is mostly text and my "store" for women's accessories for travel.

<! http://www.4yeo.com/buttons/METAL.HTM - - ->

http://www.fromheretoeden.com

I don't know if it's ok to do links. HOpe so, denise,, Thank you littleus:)
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Okay great Denise... we'll take this slow.

Now.. I see that you already have the buttons on your website.

Next question I have is: Will your buttons change over to another color? Is this what you want? This will help me figure out which code to give you.
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Hi again:) Well, when I saved the buttons they are that teal blue so I don't think they will change? I saved them into my file manager in yola sitebuilder. Then, in order to put them in I had to insert "image" widget from sidebar selections? Hope this makes sense? Denise
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Oh, and I made 5 of the blue and 5 plain white with teal letters, the last 5 are for the hover text? I really was just trying to be creative with paintnet but I turned it into a monster, LOL!!! Just plain text is a cinch but ohhhhhhhhh no, I wanted fancy, lol!
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I like paint.net it is pretty handy and you can use it to create banners with transparent backgrounds.
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Okay..thanks Denise. Now, see if my screenshots make sense to you. You can click on them to enlarge them.



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Oops.. I just read your post above... are you wanting to create hover links then? Let me know and I'll give you new instructions instead.
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Ok, I am sorry I didn't get the post all togehter littlus. I am making things difficult again, I know how much work to do screen shots. Ok, yes, I have 5 regular teal buttons and 5 hover buttons. Please forgive me darlin, I so appreciate you taking the time. I feel I will have this done finally with your help:)

PS I am with you so far and have been in those screens but I will do it step by step per your instructions;)
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I wouldn't enter anything into the email field would I littleus? Or do you just mean the box in general and pick the URL field? I won't do it til I hear from you as I know it will be different for hover text. denise;)
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Also, just to make sure, my url will be this:

<! http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... us.jpg --> Is that correct littleus? I mean that is the file name for that button anyway:) in my file manager. Denise
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Yes.. that's correct! =)
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Okay... I think the easiest thing to do, if you don't mind, is for me to get your all your image path links and your urls. Then, I'll set it up and then post the code for you to copy.

For example:
Link: http://dejavuapparel.yolasite.com (where you want your page to go when this is clicked on)
Img: http://dejavuapparel.yolasite.com/res...
Hover Img: http://dejavuapparel.yolasite.com/res...
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my URL will look something like this I think, right?

fromheretoeden.com/resources/buttons/filename.jpg

I will put in the http etc.
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For your image url - yes that's correct.

For your Link url to a page, it would be like http://fromheretoeden.com/homepage
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Ok, if that is easiest for you? I will list my files here. But couldn't you give me just one code for the main buttons and another for the hover? I just don't like taking so much of your time joy:( Here are the files in case you think it's best. Whatever you decide. I can copy and paste one code and put in each file myself if you like:)

http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... green home button.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... to home page.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... us.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... what we are about.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... mall.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... to the mall.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... button.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc...
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... us button.jpg
http://www.fromheretoeden.com/resourc... us.jpg

Here they are littleus, but like I said if you just give me code for one regular button and one hover, I can change codes for rest as well. Up to you:) denise
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oh shoot, why doesn't the whole URL show:(?
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It's okay Denise.. I got it. =) Thank. Now, you just need to give me the page links as well - so that when a user clicks on your button, they are taken to a particular page.
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Oh, ok, I had some problems with my pages but let me see if I can get those for you. denise
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Ok, this is where I get confused. I seem to have one page that has the buttons and I need each of 5 pages to look all the same, with buttons, colors, banner. So I will try getting that right. We can just talk here instead of using all the forum space right? This is way better communicating through comments:)
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I did a save-as to my files but where are they saved joy? I can't find the page urls. I know I sound so dumb:(
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My post disappeared and it was already posted?
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NOw its back , geeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!! I refeshed the page and there it was again. Ok, now, I will just list file names little us.

blue green home button.jpg (main button)
returning to home page.jpg (hover)

about us.jpg (main)
see what we are about.jpg (hover)

the mall.jpg (main)
headin to the mall.jpg (hover)

faq button.jpg (main)
faq.jpg (hover)

contact us button.jpg (main)
contact us.jpg (hover)

Ok, oops, phone call, denise
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All are URL:

Fromheretoeden.com/resources/buttons

Hope I did this right for you littlus:) denise
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Thanks Denise!

Now.. I just need your link url.. not for your buttons. But, for your pages. For example, if you wanted to go to my homepage, it would look like this:
dejavuapparel.yolasite.com/index

My about me page:

dejavuapparel.yolasite.com/about-me

etc...

Can you please give me those?
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no problem. I am still pluggin away to see howmuch I can figure out on my own. I hate having you work so hard on my "stuff". I can do this once it gets into my thick skull, lol
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I DID IT, ALL MY PAGES ARE THE SAME NOW, YEEHAW! Just the button links and I am done. I can't figure out why this didn't work yesteday, LOL, oh well it's working today!!!!!!!!!!!! denise