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FrontPage 2000 Help  

   Microsoft FrontPage 2000 website publishing help

Web Spinners, LLC is a registered Microsoft FrontPage Presence Provider since 1997. We fully support all FrontPage features. For help to publish your web site to our servers see below. FrontPage 98 help is also available.

How to Publish with FrontPage 2000

Step-by-step instructions

Before publishing, it is a good idea to check to make sure that your site is complete and thoroughly tested and that you've reviewed your task list.

To publish in FrontPage 2000

  1. From the File menu select Publish Web. The following dialog box appears.

  2. Specify the location for publishing your Web by typing the path or clicking the Browse button and then selecting the location.

    Here are examples of locations to which you can publish:

    • Hard drive: C:\directory\

    • Network drive: \\server\share\path\

    • An intranet Web server or Personal Web Server: http://servername/path/

    • Web presence provider (WPP) or Internet service provider (ISP): http://www.wppname.com/~folder/ or ftp.wppname.com/~folder/

    Note   There are two methods of publishing to your Web hosting service, but both work the same way. If the Web hosting service has FrontPage Server Extensions installed on their server, you just enter the address (or URL of your Web site), as you would when viewing it in your browser. If FrontPage Server Extensions are not installed on the server, you can use FTP (file transfer protocol) to copy the files to the server.

To enter an FTP server location in the Publish Web dialog box:

Simply type the FTP server location (ftp://ftp.server.com/~folder) in the Publish Web dialog. (Be sure to type ftp:// before the server name). A dialog box will prompt you for your username and password.

To specify (or change) a saved FTP location:

  1. In the Publish Web dialog box, click the Browse button.

  2. In the top portion of the Open Web dialog box that appears, expand the list of locations next to "Look in." At the bottom of the list, you will see a location called FTP Locations.

  3. Click Add/Modify FTP Locations and specify the path to your FTP location (ftp.server.com/~folder).

  4. Select "Anonymous" if there is no user name or password required, or "User" to enter the appropriate user name and password.

  5. Click OK to save. This new FTP location is now available to choose from the FTP Locations menu.

  6. Specify your publish options by clicking the Options button. The Publish Web dialog box expands, displaying four options.

    • Publish changed pages only. FrontPage compares the files on your local Web to the files on the destination hard drive or Web server, and only those files that are newer than those on the destination hard drive or Web server are published. However, files that have been marked Don't Publish will not be published.

      Note   To mark specific pages as Don't Publish, on the View menu, point to Reports and then click Publish Status. If you don't want to publish a certain page, click that item's entry in the Publish column and change it to Don't Publish.

    • Publish all pages, overwriting any already on the destination. The files from the local Web site will overwrite all files on the destination Web server, even if the files on the Web server are newer. This publishing feature should be used judiciously because once files are overwritten, you won't be able to get the previous versions back.

    • Include sub-Web sites. If the current Web has sub-Web sites, all files and folders in sub-Web sites will be published in addition to those in the current Web.

    • Secure connection required (SSL). You can use this feature to encrypt the information transmitted so that no one can read it. Your destination Web server must support HTTPS authentication for this feature to work. This provides an added level of security that can be useful when you are publishing sensitive information to a provider outside your company.

  7. Click Publish, and then you will see a progress bar that shows you that publishing is under way.

    FrontPage also includes a feature that synchronizes the files on your source with those on your publishing destination. If FrontPage finds a page on the publishing destination that does not exist in your source files, it will ask you if you wish to remove that file, as shown in this dialog box.

    This feature helps you to get rid of unused files that would otherwise clutter your Web site and use up disk space unnecessarily.

To verify that your Web was successfully published, click the hyperlink that is displayed after the Web has been published, and your Web browser will open to the site you just published.

Note   If you cancel publishing in the middle of the operation, files that have already been published remain on the destination Web server.

Tip   To publish only pages that have changed to the same location you previously published to, click the Publish button , located on the FrontPage toolbar. If you haven't previously published this Web site before, pressing this button will bring up the same Publish dialog box that's also available from the File menu, under Publish Web.


How Do FrontPage Server Extensions Affect Publishing?

The FrontPage Server Extensions are a set of programs that you or your Web hosting service can install on a Web server to support administering, authoring, and browsing a FrontPage Web. While it is not essential that you host FrontPage-based Web sites on a server that has the FrontPage Server Extensions installed, some FrontPage features are enabled by the Server Extensions, including:

  • Hit counter -- keeps track of the number of hits (visitors) to the page it resides on

  • Form handler -- sends form results to a text file, e-mail address, or database

  • Discussion form -- allows users to send comments to the page, and displays all comments

  • Search form -- allows users to search for items on the Web

  • Multi-user authoring -- allows multiple users to edit and author the same Web site at the same time

  • Remote authoring and administration -- allows users with authoring rights to edit and author directly on the Web, and allows users with administrative rights to perform user and site management from a remote computer

If you include any of these features in your FrontPage Web, you need to publish to a server that has FrontPage Server Extensions installed; otherwise, the features will not work.

What's New and Different Between Publishing in FrontPage 98 and FrontPage 2000?

If you are familiar with publishing in FrontPage 98, you will be interested in these enhancements, which are new in FrontPage 2000.

  • Selective publishing. In FrontPage 98, you could choose to publish your entire site, or just those pages that have changed. FrontPage 2000 improves upon this by allowing you to mark specific pages as Don't Publish so you can selectively exclude certain files from publishing. This is especially useful for pages that are still under construction or contain sensitive information that is not yet ready to be released.

  • Display publishing status. In FrontPage 98, there was no indicator to let you know the status of the publishing process. FrontPage 2000 provides a visual display indicating that publishing is taking place.

  • Synchronize files via FTP. In FrontPage 98, if you published a site and the publish destination directory had extra files that did not exist in your source directory, FrontPage only asked if you wanted to delete these files if you were publishing to a server via FrontPage Server Extensions. Now in FrontPage 2000, this "synchronize" feature works if you are publishing your site via FTP as well.


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