I installed the eDocMan module to upload documents from the front end. whenever I click "Upload", I am redirected to a page that only has the header and footer. how do i get modules to display in the "section" area?
Kindly check the default template style on your site has the component section in its layout.
When you edit or submit the item from frontend it uses default template style.
At this time it looks like a component section is not present so you are getting on header and footer.