To check which file you need to edit. Log in to your admin pannel and go to System -> Configuration.
Under “Current Configuration Scope:” select your store or if you have not created any store then select Main Website.
Under Configuration -> Advanced -> Developer -> Debug
change “Template Path Hints” to “yes” and refresh frontend then you may able to see file path. After checking file path change “Template Path Hints” to “no” and refresh your page. Hope it will helps you.
ahh yes! thank you MagikSwapna your suggestions led me in the right direction to find a solution… turns out the template i was using was missing a few phtml files and magento was opening the default files located in the base folder set.. all i needed to do was copy the files from the base and add them to my template folders and everything started working.. it wasnt until you reminded me to enable the template hints that i noticed the path was wrong… thank you again MagikSwapna youve helped me fix my site!