[quote]I’m stumped. My best guess is that I was given some sort of account that just has a copy of the website files, but that I’m not changing the originals.
Is that a safe assumption. Should i be asking for some sort of “master” login / password?[/quote]
Your guess is as good as ours! You really should be asking the account holder. After all if they intended for you to work on a copy of the web site first, then they should be able to tell you that at some point (one would think!)
The DreamHost account holder gets access to the DreamHost Web Panel. From there they can choose to “Manage Domains.” For a ‘fully-hosted’ domain, they get to specify a “FTP / CGI runs-as user” that gets to manage the files for the domain. And naturally the files used for the domain are expected to be in the home directory of that particular user somewhere. The subdirectory is called ‘web directory’ by DreamHost, and the default naming convention is /home/username/domain/
In the event they did manage to give you the credentials for the “FTP / CGI runs-as” user then it sounds like you got cache issues with your browser or ISP.
Hope this helps!