What Is Microsoft FrontPage?

FrontPage, developed by Microsoft, is a software program used to create and modify HTML documents. It empowers users to build intricate and expansive websites with ease. Acting as a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor, FrontPage enables you to design web pages according to your desired layout, effortlessly generating the corresponding HTML code for an accurate representation on web browsers. Additionally, FrontPage supports FTP (File Transfer Protocol) integration, allowing you to publish your website directly from the program. This article will guide you through the step-by-step process of publishing your web using FrontPage.

Basic Settings

To publish your website on our servers, you must configure the following settings:

  • Publish destination: http://www.yourdomain.com
  • Username: yourdomain
  • Password: yourpassword

Remember to replace the provided details with your personal FrontPage account information.

Publishing Your Web

Follow the outlined steps below to make your web pages live:

  1. Once you have created your website and are ready for it to go live, navigate to File > Publish Web (refer to Figure 1). This action will open the Publish Destination dialog box (see Figure 2).
  2. Next, you will be prompted to specify the Publish Destination. It is crucial to use the complete URL http://www.yourdomain.com instead of ftp.yourdomain.com.
  3. Click OK.
  4. A dialog box will appear, requesting your username and password (see Figure 3).
  5. Specify the desired pages for publishing.
    1. Inside the Publish Web dialog box, click on Options situated in the lower left corner.
    2. Proceed to the Publish tab and choose one or more of the following options:
      • Under Publish, indicate whether you want to publish only the pages that have been modified or all pages.
      • Under Changes, define how FrontPage should discover altered pages.
      • If you wish to generate a log file recording changes made during publishing, select the corresponding checkbox.
    3. Click OK.
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To publish subwebs, select the Include subwebs check box. Finally, press the Publish button located at the bottom of the window.

Extending a Virtual Server (Secondary Domain)

To utilize FrontPage with a secondary domain, adhere to these settings:

  1. Ensure that the domain alias is not a sub-domain of the web root (preferably located at a location such as /var/www/domain rather than /var/www/html/domain).
  2. Access the FrontPage Admin: Site Applications > Development > FrontPage Extensions 2002 > Admin Link (you will need the admin username and password provided during the FrontPage extensions installation).
  3. Enter the complete path to the Apache configuration file (e.g., /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf) in the Server Configuration File Path field.
  4. Leave the Port set to the default value: 80.
  5. In the Host name field, specify the secondary domain (e.g., domain.com).
  6. Input the desired Administrator user name and Administrator Account Password, which will be used for managing the secondary domain in FrontPage.
  7. In the UNIX User Account Username field, enter the primary account domain name.
  8. In the UNIX Group Account Name field, enter the primary account user name.


If you encounter any difficulties while uploading, copying, or opening your webs, or face issues outside the realm of FrontPage, take note of the following:

  • Never use FTP or SSH within directories where FrontPage is being utilized. FrontPage will not recognize any manually uploaded content, and modifying configurations can lead to severe problems with your FrontPage extensions. However, you may safely utilize FTP to upload content to a subdirectory within your www directory, provided that you create the subdirectory using your FTP program. This method will not work if you create the subdirectory using FrontPage.
  • For detailed instructions on utilizing FrontPage, refer to the online help resources available within the program. Additionally, Microsoft offers newsgroups and FAQs dedicated to FrontPage, where you may find solutions to your inquiries.
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Common Problems with FrontPage

Server Timing Out When Publishing Large Sites

If you encounter timeouts during the publication of extensive websites, it is likely due to the uploading link timing out while copying the web to our server. Microsoft’s suggested solution involves breaking the main web into multiple subwebs on your PC and subsequently uploading them individually. Should you continue experiencing this problem, please reach out to our support team for further assistance.

Error – Front Page Extensions Not Installed

Occasionally, users report receiving an error stating that FrontPage extensions are not installed, despite having installed them previously. Should you encounter this error, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your site manager.
  2. Navigate to Site Applications > Development.
  3. If the extensions have not been installed, proceed with their installation before attempting to connect again. If the extensions have already been installed and you are still unable to connect, please contact our technical support team.

Error – Could Not Write to File or Could Not Close File

This error arises when your account has insufficient storage space. To resolve this issue, either delete unnecessary files or consider upgrading your account.

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