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Website update

I had a website created for me a few years back but my recent knowledge thanks to treehouse, there are a lot of changes I would like to make on this site. But how to I go about doing this since it's an already running website? Nick Pettit

6 Answers

Eliel Kiiskinen
Eliel Kiiskinen
16,950 Points

HI Hackey! You might want to copy the files to your computer from the live server and edit the site locally on your computer and then upload the new and updated files to your live server. That way you don´t have to worry about breaking the site that is live.

How do I get to know which hosting provider it is? Can't tell how it was put online as l paid for it to b done then. Better more how do I close it down n just remark it all again?

You need to Talk to your hosting provider to get FTP access to the Server so you can change the files on your site

It is definitely a good idea to keep a full copy of your site on your local machine for making changes then re-uploading to the server as Eliel said.

How do I get to know which hosting provider it is? Can't tell how it was put online as l paid for it to b done then. Better more how do I close it down n just remark it all again?

What is the site URL ? and the hosting provider is whoever you pay to host your website. The company name should be on your credit card statement. I am sure you have had emails from them at some point in time, so I would also check there.

Eliel Kiiskinen
Eliel Kiiskinen
16,950 Points

The hosting provider should be the company that bills you monthly or annually for their service. Maybe you can find a phone number or an e-mail address on the invoice or contract.

In Firefox you can go to File > Save Page As and save it as a complete website and make the changes you would like. But you may find that you would want to start over. FTP Access, like what Kyle said is the best way to go though. What did you use to "put" it online in the first place? Dreamweaver?

How do I get to know which hosting provider it is? Can't tell how it was put online as l paid for it to b done then. Better more how do I close it down n just remark it all again?

Found the provider thank you very much guys

No Problem! just remember When creating your new content you can use Joomla! or WordPress and still heavily customize your site. It will make it much easier to maintain as you build it out!

Eliel Kiiskinen
Eliel Kiiskinen
16,950 Points

Good luck and happy coding :)

Steven Duval
Steven Duval
14,846 Points

Another way that you could lookup who your hosting company is, would be to do a whois search on the domain name and then it will tell you whom the registrar is, from there you can go to the registrars website and hopefully you have your login details that you might use commonly or an email address and reset your password on that registrars website.

From there you would need to go to where your name server settings are on your domain. Once you know the name servers you should be able to look those up on google to find the hosting company that you are using, because typically you will see help articles from other users wanting to know what to change the nameservers on their domains to, now this usually would only work for shared hosting as dedicated and virtual dedicated servers typically create their own nameservers that you would route your domain name to.