Microsoft SharePoint Designer is now available as a free download
from microsoft.com. Registration is required to obtain this free
software. For further details please visit the SharePoint Designer Site, or proceed directly to the download page.
Connecting using SharePoint Designer
If you are using Microsoft SharePoint Designer to customize your site you can follow these steps to connect:
Open SharePoint Designer
From the File menu click Open Site...
In the Site Name field type http://yourdomain.com where "yourdomain.com" is your actual SharePoint site URL.
Once connected to the server, you'll be prompted for your
username and password. You should enter your administrative username
and password. If you are unsure which username and password to use,
please refer to the email you received when your account was first
Please note that FrontPage is not supported on Windows SharePoint
Services 3.0 sites, but you can connect to both Windows SharePoint
Services 2.0 and 3.0 sites with SharePoint Designer.
Do I need SharePoint Designer to use Windows® SharePoint™ Services 3.0
It is possible to customize your SharePoint site using only a
browser. The only requirement for you is one of the following browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 for Windows
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 for Windows
Firefox 1.5 for Windows, Linux/Unix or Mac OS X
Netscape Navigator 7.2 for Linux/Unix
Netscape Navigator 8.1 for Windows
Safari 2.0 for Mac OS X
Please note that some functionality requires the use of Internet
Explorer and the full experience may not be available with other