I have setup a ROR environment on my server and once i generate a
controller with a few actions in it and put a basic message in each
action within the controller rb file also editing the views for these
actions all i get is the standard 404 not found. I can not understand
why this is.
Have you edited your routes.rb file to reflect this new controller? The default since quite a while now has been for there to *not* be a "catch-all" route that would attempt to handle anything that didn't have an explicit declaration. You may need to add a line like this:
if you have all of the basic 7 REST routes covered, or another route that more explicitly lays out the controller methods you want to expose.