I tried the FTP again and was able to get it working and saving changes.
i fixed the issue with the file manager by adding the following line to set the fileBrowser URL:
$CKEditor_config["filebrowserBrowseUrl"] = "../webassist/kfm/index.php?uicolor=".urlencode(isset($CKEditor_config["uiColor"])?str_replace("#","#",$CKEditor_config["uiColor"]):"#eee")."&theme=webassist_v2";
i fixed the file upload issue by moving the code block for file upload to be before the code block for the insert record behavior.