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Publishing with FrontPage 2000
Posted on 30 November 2003 07:53 PM

Though FutureQuest® does not support FrontPage Extensions (for use with the "webbot" components), you are still able to use FrontPage for the development and publishing of your web site. There are also many ways to accomplish the "webbot" features without the extensions. Visit the Pre-Installed Scripts section to find a few of the alternatives, such as mail forms and counters, already pre-installed on the FutureQuest® servers for you.

This tutorial will walk you through the steps required to publish your web site using FrontPage 2000.

To begin publishing your web page with FrontPage 2000, follow these steps:

1. From the file menu at the top of FrontPage, click File and then select Publish Web.



2. A new pop-up screen will appear. Click on the Options button.



3. On this screen enter your FTP address or choose Browse. Using the example in the image below, replace the text shown in blue with your specific information, and make sure the %2F is there (shown in red). The rest of the FTP location should look the same as it does in the image below. The path in the image below is showing FrontPage exactly where to upload your files, including which directory.

4. On the same screen, select your options as shown below.

5. Once you have verified everything is correct, click on the Publish button.



6. A message will appear alerting you to the fact that the server does not support FrontPage extensions. Click OK.



7. Click Publish a second time.



8. It is now time to enter your account Username and Password.
This information is provided within your Activation Letter (if no changes have been initiated by you since the account was set up) and is the same username and password you would use when entering your Command 'n' Control Panel. Once you have entered the correct information, click the OK button.



9. A screen should now appear showing you the progress of the files that are being transferred.



10. And that's it! The program should now let you know that the pages have been published successfully. Click Done.




Tip: When publishing with FrontPage, the program will compare files on your web site with the files on your hard drive, and offer to delete files on the server not on your hard drive. Each time its loaded and FrontPage finds files that are on your server and not on your hard drive, such as your stats directory, it will ask if you want to delete the files. Since you DO NOT want to delete your stats directory a way to keep it from asking this is to create a dummy directory on your hard drive. When you publish the web, tell FrontPage not to publish any subdirectory. The details for instructing FrontPage to ignore files in the /stats subdirectory are as follows:
  1. Open your web. Make sure the 'Folder List' is visible. (From the View menu, select Folder List.)

  2. Right click a blank space in the Folder List and select 'New Folder'. Name the new folder 'stats' (without the quotes and all lowercase).

  3. Right click on the new stats folder you just created and select 'Convert to Web'. Click 'Yes' in response to the question 'Are you sure you want to do this?' Aside from a few maintenance folders and files created by FrontPage, the stats folder on your hard drive will be empty and will stay empty, i.e. you do not need to import any files from your web site.

  4. When you are ready to publish your web, select 'Publish' from the 'File' menu.

  5. In the 'Publish Web' dialog, make sure the 'Include subwebs' checkbox is clear (i.e. unchecked). If you don't see the 'Include subwebs' checkbox, click on the 'Options' button.

  6. Click 'Publish'. You're done.

The same procedure can be used to cause FrontPage to ignore any other subdirectories you have in your /www subdirectory; for example any IRMs that are maintained separately. In the case of IRMs, you could also make real subwebs on your hard drive, in which case you could decide you want to 'Include subwebs' when you publish. For the odd pages on your web--like 404.html and robots.txt--it is easiest to import them into your web on your hard drive, to prevent FrontPage from offering to delete them.

Further support for using FrontPage on the FutureQuest® servers can be found by visiting the Community Forums.