How to Setup Microsoft Frontpage

  • Introduction to Microsoft Frontpage
  • Steps to Enable Microsoft FrontPage with Your Domain
  • What Happens in Your Account when you Enable FrontPage
  • Using Microsoft FrontPage
  • Publishing with FrontPage
  • Frontpage troubleshooting

    Introduction to Microsoft Frontpage

    Microsoft FrontPage is a sophisticated Web authoring tool, which includes a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editor, giving you the ability to create impressive web pages without needing to know the intricacies of the HTML formatting language. FrontPage can edit existing web pages or create new ones from scratch. It also contains a 'wizard' utility which can create an entire site for you based on your answers to plain English questions.

    We support virtually all of the Microsoft Frontpage "server extensions", including all of the web management and publishing capabilities, and all of the standard Microsoft "WebBots" which can be used to add additional functionality to your web site.

    We do not support ASP pages, ODBC and SQL database connections. This requires an NT server and our servers are Unix based.

    Steps to Enable Microsoft FrontPage with Your Domain

    Before you can use FrontPage with your Bigfish Technology Online account, you must activate the FrontPage extensions for your account. To do so, follow these simple steps. To report any problems enabling Microsoft FrontPage for your account, please contact Bigfish Technology Online Technical Support at .

    Steps to enable Microsoft FrontPage with your virtual server:

    What Happens in Your Account when you Enable FrontPage

    When you enable Microsoft Frontpage extensions for your Domain name, several directories and new files are created in your directory . Please do not edit, delete, move, or rename any of these files or directories. Doing so will probably cause FrontPage to break and not work correctly with your account. Any directory beginning with "_vti" contains important files which are needed to utilize Microsoft Frontpage with your account.

    Using Microsoft FrontPage

    Using Microsoft FrontPage with Bigfish Technology Online is the same as when you created the original web site content on your local machine through the Personal Web Server. Once you have published your web, when you start up FrontPage, you have the ability to open the version of the web on your local machine, or the remote version on our server. If you select to open the version on our server, you can open, edit, and save files directly to our server. Making changes directly to the files on does have advantages as far as ease and speed, but we generally recommend that you manage your site by making changes locally and uploading your changes. The advantage of this is that you will always have a local copy of your files, and you will not need to have a continuous connection to the Internet while modifying your site.

    Publishing with FrontPage

    Publishing your web site with FrontPage Explorer is fairly easy. Before you start, make sure that you have configured your account to be FrontPage enabled, and that your domain name is currently active. can proceed by following these steps:

    1. Open FrontPage Explorer.
    2. Open the FrontPage web located on your local machine that you intend to publish to your domain.
    3. Select "Publish FrontPage Web..." from the file menu.
    4. At this point you will be presented with a dialog box.
      • If you are using FrontPage 97:
        1. You will see two input fields. In the first one labeled "Destination Web Server or File location" enter your domain name such as (all lower-case)
        2. Leave the second field as the default <Root Web> or leave it blank.
        3. Publish your web by clicking OK.
      • If you are using Frontpage 98:
        1. You should see one input field labeled as the location to publish your FrontPage web. If you do not see this, click on "More Webs..."
        2. Insert your domain name such as (all lower-case)
        3. Click the OK button, and the next OK button to initiate publishing.
    5. FrontPage will start publishing, and you will be prompted for a username and password. Enter your Bigfish Technology Online username and password and click OK.
    That should be it. At this point FrontPage publishes your site to your Bigfish Technology Online account online. If you are not publishing for the first time, or you are publishing a sub web, the steps are essentially the same. If you have problems with this procedure, (such as FrontPage invoking the Web Publishing Wizard instead of publishing) take a look at trouble shooting section below.

    Frontpage Troubleshooting

    The advantage of using FrontPage for creating and publishing your site is the ease with which such tasks can be done. However, as with any program, there are commonly made mistakes to watch out for. Here are some simple tips that can help you prevent the most common snags when using Microsoft FrontPage.