If the FrontPage Server Extensions are not available on the target Web
server, you can still use FrontPage to develop your Web pages. For example,
you can develop the Web by using the Microsoft Personal Web Server on your
computer and then transferring your Web content to the target Web server.
Keep in mind that when you do this, you may lose some features or
experience some incompatibilities between your working server and the
target server. This article discusses features to avoid if you are
publishing your content to a server on which you have not installed the
FrontPage Server Extensions and how to handle these incompatibilities.
If your Web server and operating system are compatible with the FrontPage
Server Extensions, ask your service provider to install them. If the
FrontPage Server Extensions do not currently support your Web server and
operating system, you can submit a suggestion asking Microsoft to provide
extensions for your server. Microsoft welcomes suggestions or comments
about changes in functionality and product design.
Avoiding FrontPage Browse-Time Components
Most FrontPage components affect the Web only at authoring time. For
example, an Include Page component or Table of Contents affects the
page it is on only when that page or some other page is created or
modified. These FrontPage components are inactive at browse-time.
However, some FrontPage components, especially those that are used
with forms, rely on the FrontPage Server Extensions at browse-time.
If you are transferring your files to a Web server on which the
FrontPage Server Extensions are not installed, you should avoid
using the following FrontPage components:
Discussion Form Handler
Registration Form Handler
Save Results Form Handler
Scheduled Include Page component
If you use any of these FrontPage components, customers who browse your Web
Site may receive an "HTTP 404" error when they use the corresponding form.
Avoiding Server Incompatibilities
If possible, develop your content on the same type of Web server that you
are using as your target Web server. If this is not possible, avoid
incompatibilities between your working server and your target server.
Some potential trouble areas include the following:
Access control will not carry over between Web servers of different
types. You will have to re-enter any access control information for the
File Name Extensions
Different Web servers may have different rules for mapping file
name extensions to Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types.
For example, a Windows-based server may recognize only .htm as HyperText
Markup Language (HTML), while a UNIX-based server may recognize only .html.
NOTE: You can reconfigure your working server to match the target server.
The FrontPage wizards and templates generate pages that have the .htm
extension. If possible, you should make sure that your target server
recognizes the .htm extension for HTML files.
Different Web servers have different conventions for naming the default
page. For example, the CERN server recognizes Welcome.html (among
others) by default, while NCSA 1.4 recognizes Index.html. Note that you
can reconfigure your working server to match the target server. FrontPage
will create the home page document with whatever name the working
server provides. For more information about configuring the default home
page for the FrontPage Personal Web Server, please see the following
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
FP: How to Use a Document Other Than Index.htm as
Transferring the Content
Once your content has been developed and tested on your working server,
you can copy or transfer the files via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to the
target server. The following files and folders should not be transferred:
All folders beginning with _vti_
These folders contain information for use only when the FrontPage
Server Extensions are present.
Access Control Files
These files vary depending on the type of Web server. In general, you
should remove all files that begin with a period if you are transferring
files to a UNIX server, and you should remove all files that begin with
the number sign (#) if you are moving files to a Windows-based server.
NOTE: If you are using FrontPage 1.1, you can obtain the Microsoft Web
Publishing Wizard to automate the FTP process. It will warn you if your
Web contains files that will not work on a server that does not have the
FrontPage Server Extensions.
For more information about publishing your web to a server that does not
have the FrontPage Server Extensions installed, please see the following
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
FP98: How to Publish Your Web to a Server w/o FrontPage