Managing your website with Front Page 98


What is Microsoft FrontPage?

Microsoft FrontPage is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor.  It allows you to create a fully functioning web site on your local PC, and then seamlessly upload it to your account, thus avoiding the need for using FTP clients and so forth. FrontPage is especially useful if you're planning on building/managing many webs, as it allows you to create all of them in separate accounts, both on your local computer, as well as the server.  It has a number of built in features and templates, such as web themes, guest books, and ability to allow other users to author, and administrate your web with their FrontPage clients by assigning them private user accounts. You can also password protect directories using the FrontPage administrative features.

Seamlessly integrating FrontPage with your web site:

If you want FrontPage to seamlessly integrate with your web site, then you must request the "FrontPage Extensions" to be installed. You were given the option to do this when signing up for your account package, however you may have them installed at a later time by sending a request to support.

Setting up FrontPage to work on our servers:

1. Open your FrontPage Explorer
2. Open the web you would like to upload

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3. Select the " Web" you would like to publish:

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4. Once the web is open, select "Publish To Web":


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FrontPage will display all current webs on your local PC.  Select the one you want to upload, and you'll see the following dialog box:


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Please be advised of the following issues before proceeding:

Uploading a web using a URL or temporary url:

FrontPage will "Always" display the last "remote server" a particular web was uploaded to.  If you have never uploaded the site to a remote server, then it will not display the last remote site it was uploaded to.  If your domain name "is not" officially answering to your new account on our server as of yet, then you can try using your web sites temporary url until you're certain that is answering to this account. Please Note!  FrontPage will not always function correctly when attempting to upload a web with a temporary url, as opposed to a fully qualified domain name URL.  If this happens, please wait until your official domain name is responding to our servers.  

Proceed with Step 5:


From the "Publish FrontPage dialog box" select "More Webs" and the following option will appear:


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Enter the location of where you'd like your web to reside on the remote server, then click "OK"   FrontPage will confirm this location in its following dialog box. Click "OK" once again.  You'll now see a Username and Password prompt. Enter the Username and Password we provided you with in your welcoming email message. Even if you've since changed your main system password, the "original" one we sent is the "only" one that will authenticate FrontPage.

If all goes well, you'll observe a message in the bottom left of the FrontPage Explorer stating "Publishing to FrontPage Web"   Once this message disappears, and the "RED STOP" icon is no longer illuminated, your web is successfully uploaded.  To call it via the WWW, enter the same URL into a browser that your used to upload the web with.

Important Notes:

C-Panel administration features should *Never* be used to administer a FrontPage web, as it will damage it.  Repairing a FrontPage web means we must "reinstall" the FrontPage extensions into your account.   In the event you request this option, "make sure" your entire FrontPage web is backed up on your local computer before asking us to do so.  

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