If the pages are linked in properly and the database is accessible you should see the content on the page.
Also, for setting the default value you can use any MySQL gui tool, you can instal phpmyadmin locally, you can use the MySQL Administrator tool that you can download from MySQL.com or you use any other third party tool out there that you like. I use SQLyog myself, it allows me to admin the MySQL as well as execute queries.
I was hoping the crash might give us some information because I am also unable to see the error and the host does not give me access to error logs. The website should be a full page, complete with </body></html> tags at the end, however, as you can see from source, at the start of my content div it simply ends.
The paths are correct, the database is accessible. (I believe this to be correct, anyway, because I can edit and create content in the admin tool.)
I will look into SQLyog and get back to you.