FrontPage Tips
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Adding a New Page in Navigation View

To add a new page to your web site in navigation view, click the New Page button on the Standard toolbar. The file name new_page_1.htm appears on the Folders List and a New Page 1 box appears in the right window.

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To rename the new file:

  1. Right-click the new_page_1.htm text in the Folder list. A pop-up menu appears.
  2. Click Rename in the pop-up menu.
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  3. Type in a new name, leaving the .htm extension on the end of the file. For example: new_name.htm.
  4. Press Enter.

NOTE: When you're in Navigation View, you can double-click on a page box to open it in Page View - where you create and edit individual pages.

Creating a Child Web or Sub-Web

Creating a child Web is as simple as publishing your Web site. The only difference is the domain name to which you publish. The walk-through below covers creating a sub-web within your FrontPage® Web and assumes that the software has been installed correctly on your system.

  1. Open Microsoft® FrontPage®
  2. Click File then click Open Web
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  3. Type or browse to the local directory of the child web you want to publish.
  4. Click Open.
  5. Click File and then Publish Web.
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  6. Type http://www.domain_name/directory*, for example http://www.domain_name.com/childsite/ , into the combo box of the Publish FrontPage Web window and click the Publish button.
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  7. If you want to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to secure transactions for your new web, select the Secure connection required (SSL) check box.
  8. Type in your username and password.
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  9. FrontPage® should begin publishing your site to your site.

NOTE: The following information is also required:

  • domain_name.com = Use your own domain name.
  • 168.144.xxx.xxx = Use your own IP number

If your domain name is not pointing to our name servers yet:

  • username = Use your own username.
  • password = Use your own password.
  • These features require that Front Page Server Extensions be installed in your server.

You can also create a new web by importing an existing web from your local computer, network, or the World Wide Web, or by converting a folder to a web. The procedure for creating a subweb is the same for creating a web.

Creating a New Site

This walk-through covers the steps necessary to create a FrontPage Web on your system for publishing to your myhosting.com web site. It assumes the software has been installed correctly on your system.

  1. Open Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000.
  2. Click File.
  3. Click New followed by Web.
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  4. A new window called New will appear.
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  5. Select the appropriate type of Web, in most cases Empty Web is the best choice.
    • Select One Page Web to create a Web from scratch.
    • Select From Wizard or Template to create a Web from a wizard or template.
    • Type the title of the Web in the box provided.
  6. Click OK to continue. From this point, if you chose a template you will be taken through a wizard that asks you a series of questions. If you chose a one page Web, you will be able to begin editing your site.

Downloading Your Site with Microsoft® FrontPage®

You can download your entire site, or just an individual file or folder using FrontPage by following the steps below:

  1. Open FrontPage. If any webs are open, from the File menu, choose Close Web.
  2. From the File menu, choose Open Web...
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  3. The Open Web dialog box should appear. In the Web Name field, enter the following
    • http://www.domain_name.com
      -or-
    • http://168.144.xxx.xxx
  4. Then click Open. Make sure to replace "domain_name.com" with your actual domain name, or "168.144.xxx.xxx" with the actual IP address of your account.
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    • Note: you should never enter ftp://www.domain_name.com or ftp://168.144.xxx.xxx. Logging into your site using FTP can cause your FrontPage extensions to become damaged.
  5. You will be prompted to enter your username and password. You can enter the details which were provided when you first signed up for hosting with us.
  6. You are now connected directly to your site with FrontPage. To begin downloading your site, from the File menu, choose Publish Web...
  7. The Publish Destination dialog box should appear. Click on the Browse... button, and select a folder or location somewhere on your computer. Then click Open. Click OK on the Publish Destination Dialog box.
  8. You may receive a prompt as follows:
    • A web does not exist at "C:\My Documents\Web Site". Would you like FrontPage to create a web at that location?
  9. Click OK.
  10. To publish a specific file or folder, select the item and then Right-Click on it, and choose Publish Selected files. To publish your entire site, click the Publish button.
    • You may encounter one or more of the following prompts:
      • The following pages in your Web are Active Server Pages (ASP). They will not work because the server you are publishing to does not support ASP.
        • If you receive this prompt, click Continue. This indicates that some components on your site will not work properly if viewed directly from your computer. However, if your site is published to a server which supports ASP, it will function correctly.
      • The following pages in your web site contain dynamic FrontPage components, such as a Search Form or FrontPage form handler. They will not work unless they are published to a web server running the FrontPage Server Extensions of SharePoint Team Services from Microsoft.
        • If you receive this prompt, click Continue. This indicates that some components on your site will not work properly if viewed directly from your computer. However, if your site is published to a server which has FrontPage extensions installed on it, it will function correctly.
  11. Your site should now be downloading. You can watch the progress bar to determine when it will be finished. When complete, you will be able to access a copy of your site from the folder on your computer that you saved it to.

Browser Compatibility Settings

Not everyone uses the same Internet browser. Some people use Microsoft® Internet Explorer®, while others use Netscape Navigator. Some people have the latest versions of the browser programs, while others have older versions.

Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000/2002 can add a lot of cool features to a Web page - but they don't work on all browsers. Sometimes, Web pages that include certain features will not even appear in some browser versions. It's a good idea to decide - right from the start - which version of which browser you are developing your Web site for. Once you make your decision, FrontPage® 2000/2002 will only include features that work with the browser you have chosen.

To choose which browser version to design your Web page for:

  1. Click Tools on the Menu bar and select Page Options. The Page Options dialog box appears.
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  2. Click the Compatibility tab.
  3. Click the Browsers drop-down box and select a browser name.
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  4. Click the Browser Versions drop-down box and select a version. You can see that certain features become disabled when you choose different versions.
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  5. Click OK on the Page Options dialog box.

Note: It's easy to check which version browser you are using. Simply open your browser, then select About from the Help menu.

Creating Forms

The easiest way to create a form with Microsoft® FrontPage® is by using the Form Page Wizard. To connect to the Form Page Wizard, do the following:

  1. Open Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000/2002.
  2. Click New -> Page from the File drop-down list. This will open up the New dialog box with the General tab selected.
  3. Click the Form Page Wizard icon to highlight it. (This is the 5th Option).
  4. Click OK.
  5. When the Form Page Wizard dialog box opens up simply follow the instructions given to create the form you need.

Sending Form Results to an Email

To set a specific e-mail address to receive the results from the submission form, do the following:

  1. Open Microsoft® FrontPage®.
  2. Connect to your Web site via Open Web from the File drop-down list.
  3. Double-click on the form page in the folder's list to open it in the editing screen on the right.
  4. Right-click anywhere inside of the form.
  5. Choose Form Properties from the popup menu.
  6. Enter in the e-mail address where you want to receive the e-mail in the E-mail address field of the Where to store results section.
  7. Click OK.

Note: If you would like to expand your options, click Options at the bottom of the Form Properties dialog box. Front Page 2000/2002.

The following is a tutorial with screen shots:

  1. Creating the fieldsIf you go to Insert -> Form from the menu you will get a list of fields that you can insert, such as the ones below:
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    Here are examples of each one:
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    When you first insert a field into your page, a dotted line area will appear around it. This is your form. The boxes and buttons inside it are merely referred to as form fields. Inside your form you can insert tables and rearrange your fields however you would like.
  2. Naming your fields (optional)
    • When you create form fields in FrontPage it names each one. It will give them generic letters such as T1, R1, S1, etc... And when you receive your form information via e-mail you will get something like this:
      • T1: submitted information here
      • R1: submitted information here
      • S1: submitted information here
    • To name each field RIGHT CLICK the field and select 'Form Field Properties'.
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    • Every field will have a box where you can name it. You are not allowed to have spaces so if you absolutely need to have two words just use an underscore ' _ ' to tie them together. Now when you name them all and someone submits the information to you, you will get something like this:
      • Your_name: submitted information here
      • Your_email: submitted information here
      • Login: submitted information here
      • Password: submitted information here
  3. Making the form send to your e-mail address
    • Right click anywhere inside your form (the dotted area). You will have a menu that will pop up and allow you to select 'Form Properties'.
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    • When you select this a dialog box will appear and you will need to select the 'Options' button to modify your e-mail properties:
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    • Now select the 'E-mail Results' tab. You will need to type in the e-mail address to receive the form results. To make it easier on the person receiving the results, you can set the subject line.
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  4. Now you are finished! Publish your web page, and test your form.

NOTE: The following information is also required:

  • domain_name.com = Use your own domain name. (Your domain name must be pointing to our name servers)
  • These features require that Front Page Server Extensions be installed for your web site.

Creating a Database with an HTML Form

You can automatically create an Access database in your FrontPage web using the fields of your HTML form by following the steps below.

Create Your Form

To create your form, follow these steps:

  1. On the File menu, point to New, and click Web.
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  2. In the New dialog box, click to select Empty Web. Type the HTTP location of your new web in the "Specify location of the new web" box. Click OK.
    • Important! Make sure this is an HTTP location. Disk-based webs will not work with ASP.
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      Another instance of FrontPage starts with this new web.
  3. On the File menu, point to New, and click Page. Click to select Normal Page, and click OK.
  4. On the Insert menu, point to Form, and click Form.
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    • This will add Submit and Reset buttons surrounded by the form, represented by a dashed-line bounding box.
  5. With the insertion point in front of the Submit button, type "First Name: " (without the quotation marks). On the Insert menu, point to Form, and click One-Line Text Box.
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    • Right-click the text box, and click Form Field Properties. In the Name box, type "FirstName" (without the quotation marks), and click OK. Select the text and the text box.
    • On the Insert menu, point to Form, and click Label
    • Press Enter to move the insertion point down two lines.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your form looks similar to the following:
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    • Use the following names for the form fields:
      • LastName
      • City
      • State

Create the Database Using the HTML Form

To create the Access database with your HTML form, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the form, and click Form Properties.
  2. In the Form Properties dialog box, click to select the Send To Database option, and click Options.
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  3. In the Options for Saving Results to Database dialog box, click Create Database.
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  4. You will receive the following message:
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  5. Click OK. Keep clicking on OK until you return to the form.
  6. Save your page as form.asp to your FrontPage web.
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