ZIP Downloads -- A few questions

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I understand a SynthaSite site downloaded via the ZIP file option can be uploaded to another host that uses PHP.
1. Does any proprietary material of SynthaSite go with the file?
2. If proprietary material is not included,does that mean there is a loss of page structure?
3. Are there provisions made for ZIP transfers to contain elements that would be missing from the editing section, such as headers?
4. Is a transferred ZIP file still truly WYSIWYG, or more of a skeleton of elements that subsequently have to be reorganized via recoding?
5. If a ZIP version of my file is different than an online version of it, is it still "true" that I can take my file with me, or is it more accurate to say I can take my programming, but not most of my architecture?

Thank you for addressing these questions.
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Bengo

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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Bengo

If you download your site, it contains the entire site but does not include any parts of the sitebuilder. The file you download is a zip file of php source code - if you upload it to a properly configued host, it will function the same way it does on our hosting. Please note that you can only make modifications to your site by using the SynthaSite Site Builder or modifying the PHP code directly. Any changes made after downloading cannot be imported back into our sitebuilder.
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Appreciate the good, clear answer, but I have a couple followups. Is "properly configured host" something you can easily define for a user (me) or do I want that assessment to be made by a prospective host?

Is there an industry standard configuration that I should refer to when discussing site portability for a site created on SynthaSite?
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hosting with your own service provider:
Copy the site to the webroot of a php 5.2.x enabled web server
* Ensure that the "classes/work/templates_c" directory is writable by the web server (chmod 777 classes/work/templates_c on Unix / Linux boxes)

If any of this is unclear to you, please contact your hosting provider for support.
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Bengo, another thing you want to check is that your new provider supports SQLite3. A lot of them do, but some don't. I left my old one and started hosting with Synthasite because of this. Synthasite-generated websites work a lot better if your provider supports SQLite3.
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Bengo

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Thanks, you probably just saved me hours or days of confusion. I actually have the ambitious hope of a complete rebuild for each site, but it's very ambitious and may not be possible, so your guidance is precious.

For the record, for anyone following, let's call it "a parting of ways" when two partners are going in different directions. The actual complaints are just symptoms of different priorities. I don't want to be "the guy who left Synthasite," because that would cheapen the many positive things the company offers zillions of people, and which I have tried to emphasize. I care about others who have found benefit here, and don't want to pull down their experience in any way. Perhaps before too many clients come along who grow their sites quite large, Synthasite will have a specialist for their challenges.

And I am lucky to have friends here who share tips and ideas.

Bengo
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Peter

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Well said Bengo. A magnanimous parting.