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FrontPage: Publishing your Site

Publishing your FrontPage Site

These steps will help you set up FrontPage® to be compatible with different web browsers and to be able to publish using FTP, so that you don't have to rely on the FrontPage® extensions.

  1. Select Tools.
  2. Select Page Options.
  3. There are some things in here which need to be changed in order to be compatible with different browsers.
  4. Select None from the FrontPage and SharePoint technologies menu.
  5. From the Browsers section, select Both Internet Explorer and Navigator.
  6. From the Browser versions menu, select 5.0/6.0 browsers and later.
  7. Click the OK button.
FrontPage is now set up to be published using FTP and to display properly in different browsers. To begin publishing, select File | Publish Site.
  1. Select FTP.
  2. Enter in the Remote Web site location.
  3. Click the OK button.
  4. The Local Web site will be on the left and the Remote Web site will be on the right.
The website can now be published using the Publish Web site button.

FrontPage Support

In 2009 Microsoft discontinued support for the FrontPage Extensions. To keep up with current customer demands and to keep our software up to date we have decided to no longer provide FrontPage Extensions.

FrontPage Extensions are not required for every FrontPage website. They are mainly used by dynamic components like Hit Counters and Forms. They can also be used in the publishing process to transfer your website to the server.

Sites That Are Affected

  • If you use FrontPage Extensions to publish your site you will be affected.
  • If your site uses any of these FrontPage components you will be affected:
    • File Upload
    • Custom link bars
    • Shared border background properties
    • Usage analysis reports
    • Top Ten List Web Component
    • New security features (user roles)
    • Nested subwebs
    • Lightweight Source Control (document check-in/check-out without Microsoft Visual SourceSafe for Windows)
    • Categories component
    • StyleSheet links to multiple files or Active Server Pages (ASP) files
    • Confirmation field
    • Discussion form handler
    • FrontPage-created server-side image maps
    • Hit counter
    • Registration form handler
    • Save Results form handler
    • Search form
    • Field set

Note: This is a list of FrontPage components that require extensions according to Microsoft. You can see the complete Microsoft article at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/281532 Other components may be affected.

FrontPage Alternatives

If you have been using FrontPage to build your sites, you have a few options available to you if you would like to switch.

Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft has a newer website building platform called Expression Web. It is available to download for free directly from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179


WordPress is a very popular website builder. Instead of running on your computer it is installed on the server and you manage your website completely online. It makes the website process easier by not having to buy software to run on your computer and then having to publish your files from your computer to the server. It also has a wide selection of templates and the ability to customize your site through plugins.

To get started with WordPress, please see How To Install WordPress - WordPress Installation Guide.

WordPress will not be able to edit your existing FrontPage website. Instead, you will be making a new site that will replace your existing site; however, you should be able to copy elements like text and images from the existing site into your WordPress site.


Bluehost offers the Weebly website builder within the cPanel. You can find it under the website builders section in your account. It has a simple drag and drop visual interface and features such as professionally designed templates, contact forms, and media galleries. Because its already on your account you won't have to deal with complicated publishing settings.

Weebly will not be able to edit your existing FrontPage website. You will be required to make a new site in Weebly; however, you should be able to copy elements like text and images from the existing site into your Weebly site.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

If you choose not to use software like WordPress or Weebly you may find that in order to publish your site you will need FTP access. The following help article explains how to setup FTP: Intro to FTP