many thanks Taran, i dont doubt any of your knowledge on this, and points taken about frames for future reference, i am merely a graphic designer who uses dreamweaver through the design side of things.. i no absolutely zero about the coding side of things (would love to find out more though if I had the time!) I used one of the pre-set frame templates on dreamweaver on a whim really, just to sample doing something in a different way, but the website is 'complete', just want to see it all on screen at the same time.
Anyway, crux of the matter is I have already set up, designed and populated 5 or so pages.. they have all been uploaded... my problem is that all that is showing is the main frame of the frameset when I go to the site. The left frame, and top frame are missing, which should be the permanent features of the design with the main frame changing on button clicks to different sections. The buttons are down the left hand side frame, if it was there..! What I feel i need to do is nest them or mess about with the parent child settings..... but the real solution from yourself or anyone else would be nice. Many thanks for your time and help.