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Old 06-25-2004, 05:27 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: France
Distribution: SuSE 7.2/8.1/8.2/9.0/9.1
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maintaining website

Hi to you all,

First a simple introduction to the context.
I've been using linux since two years and have a operationnal Apache
server for an Intranet documentation. I've created the pages with Quanta+.
It's html code and CSS style sheets.
An association of students has asked me to maintain it's existant website because
the webmaster decided to quit and they are lost.
I've never done this.
I could get the original code generated by Dreamweaver and access
codes from the old webmaster. I've heard there is PHP and MySQL
elements in the code. These are the only infos I got.

My questions :
- is there an equivalent to Dreamweaver on linux ? Do I need it if I'm
used to Quanta+ ?
- how do I modify the pages on the website ? How do I download/upload
these ? With ftp commands ? With http commands ?
- in my intranet I've a working directory were are the pages in work
(archives in cvs) and when I update I just copy the finished page
in the apache server destination directory.
How is it to be done with a distant server ? The same ?

Could someone give me hints so I can rapidly understand how this is
done/manageable. I consider myself as a newbie in linux subject but
I have dns, hdcp, apache servers running perfectly on some sites and
got VPN working with 4 distant clients.
I use ftp, ssh, telnet each day . . .
I've developping programs on OpenVMS for 15 years so I understand
also something about programming.

If you help me you can suggest more sophisticated solutions to me
than you would perhaps do with someone who begins from zero.

Thanks for any help.
Old 06-25-2004, 08:17 AM   #2
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If you can use Quanta+, then use it. There is no Dreamweaver for Linux, and as I know it will not work with Wine or something like that, but maybe I'm wrong.

To manage the site, you can download the files, modify and upload again. If you just have to modify the content that is stored in the MySQL tables, you can create a PHP page that can delete, add, modify in MySQL. Thats the nice thing when you work with PHP+MySQL, you don't need to download, write again everything in all that pages, then upload again.

To upload the page, you can use ftp if it's supported by the server, or maybe it has an web-admin that permits you to manage the HP files. This depends on the server. Maybe you can ask it. To do this...ftp in console, or use gftp in gui, or another ftp-client. You can download and upload with this.

Hope I could help you!

Old 06-25-2004, 12:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for your infos

If I've understood what you wrote I simply consider that the pages (text/images) are stored
on a normal remote server. There are no special problems and I can use the tools I'm used to
(ftp, quanta+).
Concerning PHP/MySQL I don't know anything about it.
And here too, if I've good understood I could create a local page in PHP
(or perhaps something else) querying MySQL base on the server located there to update
the datas.
The student have a dictionnary of members stored in this base.
It is listed by alphabetical order.
They asked me if I could list it by exam date. Can I remotely modify the structure of the
table (tables or base) to sort it like that, or to add an index, or else ...
Is all the work done remotely ?
Should I, or have I to download the base localy to modify it ?

I know the questions look silly. Excuse me for that.
But the persons who were in charge for that job have explained to me how difficult it was to do it.
And now I'm trying to understand exactly how it is done. And what you say to me seems quite
"normaly simple".
Except for PHP/MySQL. But the base exists and I have (in my lot of books) a PHP
quick ref from O'Reilly - should help me.

Thanks again
Old 07-07-2004, 09:38 AM   #4
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sorry that I answer so late but I had some had some problems with my net-connection.

if the list of all students is stores in a mysql table, you can just type this "select * from table_name ordered by note;"

best you download an tutorial and you will quickly learn php+mysql. you can post other questions here in the forum and somebody will ansqwer them.

good luck!



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