You guys are wonderful, and I'm sure stunningly handsome, geniuses! Thank you! I'm still using the themes folder, thanks to willr's advice, but I've got it nearly working.
So, I've got the Database rebuilt and the ShortCut Page created. I've added a link within that shortcut page and everything was going peachy until I tried to add the "% include ShortCut..." I'm sure it inserted the code from ShortCut.ss (I'm getting a parse error), so I'm guessing that the problem is that it's just not inserting anything in the $ ... sections from the database. Does that sound right?
If I am right, I'm guessing the only problem is that my "% control Page(ShortCut/)..." link in the Include File is wrong. This is my file structure...
mysite > code > ShortCut.php
themes > mythemename > templates > Includes > ShortCut.ss
I'm including the "% include ..." on Page.ss, and in the CMS, I've created the page called ShortCut, located at localhost:3000/shortcut/
What would the correct link be in this case?
In case it's significant, the Parse Error I'm getting is "Parse error: parse error, unexpected '}' in..."