Using Frontpage

A brief outline on how to use Frontpage with your site.

FrontPage allows you to easily create and maintain you web site. When
you open the program a box is opened that has the title Getting Started. This
is where you open the various webs on different servers. This box can also be
accessed by going to, File-Open FrontPage Web. Click on More webs. Type your
domain name in the Web Server Box. Then click on list webs. The you will see,
root web. This is the web that will open when you type in your domain name.
Double click on root web. Enter your login and password. Now that the web is
opened under the window labeled View click on Navigation. Once you have entered
the navigation view you can start creating a layout for the site. Using the new
page button located on the left on the top toolbar you can create the pages and
name them. To add content to these pages double-click on them and they will
open in FrontPage Editor. Oncethe page is edited save and close the editor and
your pages has been edited or created on your account with us. FrontPage helps
you by doing all the uploading of images and HTML pages. Also it helps in the
editing of the web site. When working with a FrontPage web open you are
connected to our server. This means that you must be connected to the
Internet.


Building your website locally first


FrontPage allows you to build test your website locally at your own
computer before uploading it to us. To take full advantageof FrontPage
Extension, you will need to install Personal Web Server. See FrontPage
documentation for details about Personal Web Server. Below is a
quickwalk-through on how to create a web locally. Please refer to ‘Getting
Started with Microsoft(r) FrontPage(r)’ for more details.



  1. Open FrontPage Explorer.

  2. Choose New in the File Menu of the FrontPage Explorer.

  3. Check ‘From Wizard or Template’ and select an appropiate template or
    wizard.

  4. Click ‘Change’. Enter ‘LocalHost/yourweb’ in the text box.

  5. Enter the title of the web you are creating.

  6. Uncheck ‘Add to Current Web’.

  7. In the name and password boxes, type in the appropriate user name and
    password.

  8. Create the web content.


Publishing your site


After you have developed and tested your website locally, you can upload
it to our server using the publish web command with FrontPage.



  1. Establish a connection to the Internet.(Important)

  2. Open the local web you have developed

  3. Choose Publish Frontpage Web in the File Menu

  4. Enter the IP address (as specified on the activation notice sent by
    us) or www.yourdomainname.com in Destination Web Server or File Location

  5. Leave the field Name of Destination FrontPage Web blank

  6. Uncheck Connect using SSL if it is checked

  7. In the Option area, check Copy changed pages Only and Add to
    an
    Existing Web. Uncheck Copy Child Web if checked

  8. Click OK.

  9. When prompted for User Name and password, enter the user_id and
    password specified in your activation notice.

  10. FrontPage will now publish your web which can take up to several
    minutes. It is very important that you do not abort anytime during the process
    of publishing; FrontPage will not function properly if this process is being
    aborted.


How do I change or update HTML pages within myweb site?


Once you have published your web to our server, you can make changes in
2 ways.


Method 1 (Suggested)


Modify your local web and re-publish it again. Make sure you check Copy
changed pages only


Method 2


Open the web located on our server and modify files as needed.



  1. Establish a connection to the Internet.(Important)

  2. Choose Open FrontPage Web in the File Menu

  3. Enter www.yourdomainname.com in Destination Web Server or File
    Location

  4. Click List Web

  5. Select Root Web

  6. Click OK

  7. When prompted for User Name and password, enter the user_id and
    password in your activation notice

  8. Edit files as needed

  9. Close FrontPage Web when done


We strongly suggest you use Method 1 because it eliminates the need for
Internet Connectivity and is faster. You can also use your local web as a
backup copy.


Troubleshooting:


If you are having any problems uploading, copying, or opening your webs,
or with the non-FrontPage portion of your site, please be sure to note the
following:



  • Never use FTP or Telnet in those directories where you are using
    FrontPage.
    FrontPage will not see anything you manually upload, and any
    configurations you alter could cause big problems with your FrontPage
    extensions. NOTE: You can safely FTP to your /home/username/directory to
    edit the .redirect file, mailing lists and other such files. You can also
    safely FTP to a sub directory within your www directory. BUT you must create a
    sub directory using your FTP program. This will not work if you created the sub
    directory using FrontPage .

  • For information on how to use FrontPage, see the on-line help that
    comes with FrontPage. Microsoft also has some newsgroups and FAQ’s devoted to
    FrontPage where you might find answers to your questions.

  • FrontPage has a problem with the copyweb command. This command uses
    HTTP instead of FTP to transfer the files and therefore will time out during an
    upload. It is recommended not to use the copy web command for files over 300K
    on a 28.8k connection, 150K on a 14.4kconnection.


Common Problems with FrontPage



Getting error – Root WebBusy
FTP or telnet to your
site and remove the service.lck file in /public_html/_vti_pvt. This usually
happens when an FP session is interrupted before
completion.

Server timing out when publishing large
sites.

This difficulty arises when the uploading link times out in
the process of copying the web to our server. The only suggestion Microsoft has
offered so far is to break the main web into a group of sub webs on your PC,
then upload these individually. If this problem persists for you, please
contact support.


Getting Error – Front Page Extensions Not
Installed

We often see this error being reported even when the
extensions have been installed. If you get this error, please re-install
frontpage in your control panel and if that does not fix it contact support and
we’ll make sure the extensions are installed and repair them if
necessary.
NOTE: The extensions are easily corrupted. Please use only
FrontPage to update your web site on the server, not FTP.


Getting Error – Could not write to file… or Could not close
file…
This is caused by not having any space left on your
account. You will need to remove some files or upgrade your account. You can
upgrade your accountcontact us.


I published but my web’s not there!
This will
happen when the Destination Web Name is filled in when publishing to our
server.
This box should be left blank or contain /public_html. If you put
any other name in this box it will create a subdirectory off of your root web
and copy all of your files into it. Your site will exist under a subdirectory
instead of at the top level/public_html where it should be.


My search bot doesn’t return any results.
The
/public_html directory must be world readable AND you need to recalculate links
BEFORE publishing (or after editing directly on the server). If it still
doesn’t work: FTP to the server and go to the /public_html/_vti_txt/default.wti
directory. Delete any files that begin with ALL.. Don’t delete any other files.
Then using Windows Explorer, do the same thing on your PC. Recalculate links,
test locally with your browser and publish.


FP starts the Web Publishing Wizard when I try to
publish.

Cancel the operation and re install FP extensions.


Why is my page renamed on the server when I
publish?
The Default Document of your web is automatically renamed
by the server to what is required by the configuration of the server. For
example, if you’ve named the main page index.html, it may be renamed
default.html. Just check the links to your main page to make sure they refer to
it the same way.