When you create a new FrontPage Web, you can select the
Secure connection required
option. When you select this
option, the entire Web uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) port to encrypt all
data sent to or from FrontPage. This is called secured authoring. You can also
specify whether you want to use the SSL port for links to specific pages within
a normal, unsecured Web. This is called secured browsing. This article
describes how to accomplish both secure authoring and secure
To use SSL for secure authoring, use the following steps.
: You must specify an HTTP location in the Specify the
location of the new web
box. If there is a disk location (you are
creating a disk-based Web), the Secure connection required
will be unavailable.
For additional information about creating a new
web, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft
FP2000: How to Create a New Web in Microsoft FrontPage
- On the File menu, point to New, and then click Web.
- In the New dialog box, select the Secure connection
required check box.
- Click OK.
SSL provides a highly secure (encrypted and authenticated)
communication between the client and the server, based on public-key
cryptography. To send a secure message, the sender encrypts the message with
the recipient's public key, and the recipient decrypts the message with the
recipient's private key. Since only the recipient has the private key that can
decrypt the message, the message is secure.
authenticity, a certificate accompanies the public key. A certificate is a
digital signature on a digest of the friendly (human readable) name of the
participant, together with the participant's public key. The certificate is
encrypted with the private key of the certifying authority. To check the
authenticity of the public key of the participant, anyone can compute the
digest of the friendly name and public key for that participant and can decrypt
the certificate for that public key by using the public key of the certifying
authority and check that the same digest results.NOTE
: FrontPage 2000 can use WININET if Internet Explorer 5 is
installed; it is capable of using 128-bit encryption in that case. If Internet
Explorer 5 is installed with 40-bit encryption, FrontPage 2000 only uses 40-bit
encryption. If Internet Explorer 5 is installed with 128-bit encryption,
FrontPage 2000 can use 128-bit encryption.
If you want to require that SSL be used to browse some of your
pages, you can mix ports on a single Web by using a fully qualified Uniform
Resource Locator (URL); for example:
Web servers use a
separate port for SSL connections. Instead of linking to
Go from the default
port (usually 80) to the SSL port (usually 443). To go from the SSL port to
port 80, link to:
Create SSL Link from Web Page for Secure Browsing
- In FrontPage, select the text you want to use for your
- On the Insert menu, click Hyperlink.
- In the URL box, change http:// to https:// and type the
complete URL of your page. For example, type the following:
- Click OK.
For a Microsoft FrontPage 98 version of this article,
For a Microsoft FrontPage 97
version of this article, see