We have a dynamic website based on MSSQL and ASP.net. There is a hosted DB, which we have an IP and access credentials for. We do not apparently know where it is hosted. We need to make changes which are not covered by the CMS, and the company which built the site (last December) is no longer functioning.
I'm at best an amateur when it comes to web design and programming, but this has become my responsibility to sort out.
Anything that can be done to point me in the right direction will be appreciated. I can provide more info, if you can tell me what you need to know. By the way, we're based in Dubai, so responses may be oddly timed, or appear slow. Also, there are limited options to go get another local company to look at this, without simply rebuilding the site again.
Thanks again for whatever help you can provide.
The site was built, according to the developer, with the following tools:
• Framework : Microsoft Dot Net Frame Work 3.0 (2.0) • Programming : Asp.Net • Scripting : C#, JAVA Script • Extended Tool : ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit (Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX framework) • Database : Microsoft SQL Server 2008
SOFTWARE USED • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express • Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 • Adobe Photoshop CS3 • Adobe Flash CS3 • Flash Slide Show Maker • Cute FTP + Mozilla Fire FTP
I have a document from the developer which my employer was originally told would provide all the data needed to make changes to the site. If it does, however, I can't see how. I've also tried to do whois searches on the DB IP, to find the host, but our ISP here blocks direct IP input as "hacking".
Please let me know if I can provide any more information.
As I said I have very minimal experience with these things. I'd like to learn to handle our required changes myself, and so I guess my question has 3 forks. Where can I find a freelancer whom I can trust, and frankly, who is not too aggressively priced? Where can I begin to learn the skills I need so that this doesn't come up again? And how do I find the database host? For all I know this may be a local machine.