FrontPage FAQ


NOTE: Frontpage is no longer supported or developed by Microsoft ,however Virtual Empire will support customers running frontpage extentions as long as possible (6/1/2010 last update). It is HIGHLY advised to consider switching to more current design methods of which man are free. We can help with migration support. Just contact us via our support page
What is FrontPage?

Microsoft FrontPage is a quick, effective way to create and manage professional-quality Internet or intranet sites without programming. It makes it easy for new users and professional Web developers alike to build and maintain great-looking, professional-quality Web sites in no time.

Easily create great-looking Web sites. Manage your Web sites your way. Integrate with what you already have.

Support for Microsoft FrontPage customers is part of the world class service offered by Virtual Empire.

Virtual Empire provides a wide range of affordable web hosting services and the lightning fast Internet connections necessary to maintain a fast, reliable Web presence. Virtual Empire's high performance servers, 24x7 technical account support, and multi-point Internet connectivity provide the ultimate performance and reliability for any virtually hosted Web site.

Virtual Empire installs the extensions for you at no additional charge when you sign up, or you can add them later from your member tools menu.

FrontPage Advantages

Easily create great-looking Web sites.

Intuitive, leading-edge features help users create professional web sites without programming.

Intelligent design assistance and innovative imaging tools make it easier than ever to build great looking web sites.

Flexible, open support for the latest web technologies gives users the power to create the most compelling, original sites on the world wide web.

Effectively manage Web content and site structure

Comprehensive management tools let users quickly plan and organize their site.

Automatic hyperlink maintenance gives users the freedom to manage their site without worrying about broken hyperlinks.

Frontpage98 helps users quickly and easily update the content and look of their entire web site.

Flexible collaboration features lets users work with others to create and manage their site.

FrontPage 98 allows you to easily add active elements to your web site.

Do I have to use FrontPage?

No. You can use a simple text editor or another type of HTML editor.

Do I have to pay for FrontPage extensions to use FrontPage?

No. We install FrontPage 98 extensions at no additional cost.

NOTE about FrontPage: when your server is equipped with FrontPage Server Extensions, it is not necessary to use the FrontPage Web Publishing Wizard to post your Web pages to your server. Simply use the File/Copy Web command in the FrontPage Explorer and your information will be copied automatically to your hosting server.

Do you support all of the features of FrontPage 98?

No. We do not support certain features, most notably ASP and database access.

Will your support staff help me create my web site with FrontPage 98?

No. We will work to ensure your virtual server is working properly, but you must contact Microsoft for support on FrontPage itself.

I want to use FrontPage. How do I set it up for my account?

Simply select FrontPage on our order form when you sign up. You can also activate FrontPage from your member tools menu.

I am running into a lot of problems with the FrontPage extensions. I am editing the files on my computer and then uploading them through FTP. What am I doing wrong?

A site created with FrontPage should NOT be uploaded through FTP or some of the features will not work.

Please be aware that FrontPage maintains index and configuration files on the remote site. If you add web pages to the site with plain FTP, the changes will not be recorded, and FrontPage may begin to function abnormally thereafter. It is recommended that you use only FrontPage to modify a FrontPage site.

Here is the correct way to do it:

Connect to the Internet
Start FrontPage (Explorer). The getting started window will pop up.
Select "Open FrontPage Web"
Click "More Webs..."
Type the name of your domain in the box entitled "Select a Web server or disk location", for instance your-domain.com
Click "List Webs", select the "Root Web" or the web you wish to edit, then input the username and password for your account.
You can now start creating your site by using the example webs or by creating new pages yourself.

Note: If you follow the above process, the "Publish FrontPage Web..." option is not required. The site is saved and updated automatically on the Web Server when changes are made.

There are a bunch of weird files and directories in my account. Can I delete them?

If you log in to your site with plain FTP and find some directories (for example, _vti* ) and files (for example, .htaccess ) that you did not upload, do not delete them. They belong there, and you will damage the FrontPage extensions if you remove them.

My FrontPage Web Site is generating error messages and cannot find certain pages. How do I fix this?

Open your FrontPage Web
click on the Tools Menu and select "Re-calculate Hyperlinks"


I already have the files for my site in a directory on my hard disk. How do I upload them? With an FTP program?

If you are using a FrontPage Web, you should NOT have to use an FTP program at all. To upload files from your hard disk, open your web as described at here, then go to File, "Import..." from the pull-down menu in FrontPage (Explorer). Click on the "Add File" button to add files from your hard disk.

How do I publish my FrontPage Web Site to my Virtual Empire account?

You only have to publish your FrontPage Web if you are creating the site offline using the personal web server. If you are creating/editing your site while connected to the Internet, follow the instructions above.

If you are have created your Web Site offline, follow these steps to publish it on your Web Server:

In FrontPage (Explorer), click on the File menu and select "Publish FrontPage Web..." Check the "Publish changed pages only" box if you are re-publishing a FrontPage web. This will only send pages that have been edited since the last time you published the FrontPage Web. Check the "Include child webs" button to publish all child webs within the Root Web Site. This option only appears if you are publishing a "Root Web". For the "Publish FrontPage Web to:" field either select the destination Web Server from the list or click on "More Webs...". If you clicked "More Webs...", type in location of the Web Server in the field entitled "Please specify the location to which you want to publish your FrontPage web:". Make sure you type http:// before your domain; omission of the http:// prefix has caused problems in the past. Click OK, and wait for FrontPage to upload the new Web Site to the Web Server. Open up your browser and view your new FrontPage Web Site.

For additional information on Microsoft FrontPage, click here.

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