Thanks Eric. With your encouragement I settled down and methodically went through it all again. One of the things that threw me I think was the separate connection file for the CMS vs. the one for the rest of the site. The instructions were generic to making mysql connections and my lack of experience delayed my understanding here. Anyway, I have attached a screen shot of what it looks like when I bring PowerCMS (ver. 102) up for the first time in my local testing server. It's awfully barren and doesn't seem to have made a connection with the rest of the site's pages. So I need to sort that out and help is appreciated. Secondly, I'm of course developing this site for someone else and incorporating login functionality for members of the organization. Can the person I'm working with also update the underlying membership database via the PowerCMS interface?
Later I looked at the video tutorial for CMS 2 and it was pretty clear that I need to manually add content from my website to the CMS. I guess in my ignorance I assumed the creation of it would somehow bring in my existing site in some automatic way. Still looking for an answer to just how in-depth this CMS goes in terms of adding, subtracting and editing database records. Also, if I were to upgrade to ver. 2, what would I need to do to use it more than once, is there a subscription for that or something else? I'm disappointed WA can't find a way to maintain the unlimited use license on this (and other) products. It seems the legal staff could somehow find just the right verbiage and not penalize everyone for the transgressions of a few, or one, or whatever it was.