Newbie question... basic workflow... do I have to have application finished to serve up regular rhtml pages?

I am just now beginning to learn Ruby on Rails and am using Ruby on Instant Rails v 2.02. I have just signed up for my ROR public Webspace and they are using the LiteSpeed web server with 2 load balanced 64MB rails processes.

I have been developing websites for many years but I know very little about developing a ROR site. My first question is:
     1). Do I need to have my application finished to begin serving up regular non-application Web pages?
     2). Do these pages need to be named with the .rhtml extension? How do I handle them?
     3). What exactly is meant by "freezing" my application to post it? Can I still make changes etc after this?
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I have at this point built a very basic structure to my website that includes a couple of pages now (both regular html non application) and both are heavily flash driven. I'd like to go ahead and get the pages published and working before I complete my ROR application.

      4).  How do I handle making Flash work properly on a ROR site and is it different than on a regular html site? If so in what ways?
     5). Can you point me to information that teaches how to tie Flash (CS3 Actionscript 2.0) into being able to best utilize the ROR environment and pull from the database?
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Thanks in advance for helping a real newbie to this new stuff.

Rip
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wesgarrisonCommented:
1) No, you don't need to have anything finished to serve a static-only site.

2) Any files in the /public/ directory will be served as-is.  You'll see folders created for you for images, stylesheets, etc.  So, no, you don't need to name them .rhtml

3) Freezing the application: This takes the Rails code files and copies them to your vendor/rails folder.  When the app starts up, it checks to see if that path exists.  If it does, it uses that version of rails.  This lets YOU determine when to update to a new version. You aren't stuck using the version that your host provides.

4) Just stick your files in /public and make links to them.  Your index.html will be the default page (unless you delete it, then your default specified in routes.rb will be the default page)

5) I'll have to leave the flash question to someone else.  
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ripnoelAuthor Commented:
I'll re-post my flash question seperately. Thanks!
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