FrontPage® is Microsoft's web development and management package
and the most recently released version is FrontPage 2002. FrontPage uses the concept
of "webs", which most other packages would refer to as
There are plenty of tutorials on the web for FrontPage. Three are
The first two sites also have tutorials for other Microsoft Office 2000
What is a FrontPage Web?
In FrontPage, a web is a directory that contains special folders where
FrontPage stores its information. When FrontPage creates a web, or converts a
directory to a web, it creates these folders as well. These files start with the
underscore (_) character and usually are not visible within FrontPage. The
figures below show the difference between looking at the files on your computer
versus looking at them in FrontPage.
|Windows Explorer View
The example on the left
shows how a FrontPage Web looks in Windows Explorer, and the example on
the right shows how it looks in FrontPage.
Notice the folders that are missing in the FrontPage
view. Folders that you will never see in FrontPage are the ones that
start with "_vti". Do not delete any folders that start with an
underscore unless you really know what you are doing.
Where is my FrontPage web on my computer?
You need to decide if you want to keep your web locally (on your hard drive
or computer) or if you are working on a web server. If you are working on a server, you will need to open your web by creating a link to your
Web Folder. If you decide that your files should be on your hard drive or network
drive, by default FrontPage creates a directory in My Documents called My Webs.
Each web you create should be in its own folder inside of My Webs. You
may also create webs on your network drive, but create a My Webs
or FrontPage folder in the
drive and place all of your webs in separate folders in the drive.
Home Page Name
Name your home page (or starting page) index.htm. Most servers will automatically serve up the page called index.htm
if a file name is not specified. Also, FrontPage will use this page as the starting
point for all of those neat reports that help you maintain a website.
(Sometimes, depending on the server, you may see that your homepage ends up as
index.html or default.htm. These should work as well.)
Make your file names and folder names short, yet meaningful. Use only:
- Lowercase letters
- No spaces
- No characters except letters, numbers, hyphens, and underscores.
Be legal; get permission to use any content that you didn't create. Read
about copyright and intellectual property issues on the
Prior to publishing, use the Web
Page Checklist to check your page
Ready to publish for the first time? Go to the
- WiserWays Resources
- Links to numerous other resource sites.
- Little tips and tricks for various uses of FrontPage.
2000 Tips and Tricks
- Other useful tips for FrontPage.