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In my experience many companies are editing their content live on their webserver! It is not a best practice but of course you should be able to do it.
In essence there should be no difference from connecting via any other FTP client to your website over using Contribute.
Have you ensured that you programmed your connection to go to the proper root folder? For instance, I have FTP creds to get to my site, but the "root root" folder does not have write access, so all my cred have a root dir of "httpdocs". This got me my first time managing websites / server.
You may also want to check to ensure you have the correct file extensions listed in you Contribute (it may not see a file it knows as editable). I do not know where that is off the top of my head, try preferences.
Thanks for your time and your reply. The technical questions you asked were of the very nature I was looking for...a direction to proceed with some more knowledge than I previously had about this whole process.
As it turned out, after another phone call with Godaddy.com, a very competant service rep verified that the first person I spoke with was mistaken. (I must say, I call their hotline a lot and ALWAYS have my questions answered accurately and on the spot, so I was relieved to hear that my suspicions were accurate). He trouble-shooted several things, walked it down to another rep in his office who did some more trouble-shooting, and they were stumped. Finally, he suggested I reenter my password, ftp info, etc. and then it worked like a charm! I don't know why it originally confirmed my access but wouldn't let me edit. At least now it is fixed.
I really appreciate your time!