FrontPage Questions

  1. May I use FrontPage 2003 on this server?
  2. How long will FrontPage be supported?
  3. Are there any limitations on using FrontPage with this server?
  4. What should I use to manage forms?
  5. What are the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE)?
  6. Why are the FPSE no longer supported?

 

  1. May I use FrontPage 2003 on this server?

    Yes. FrontPage 2003 supports both local and WebDAV editing, and may be used to edit websites on this server. Please be aware that significant functionality differences exist between the use of FrontPage on this server, and on previous FrontPage servers. For more information, please read or view the "Moving and Editing FrontPage 2003 Web Sites" tutorial on the Web Hosting Help & How-to's page.
  2. How long will FrontPage be supported?

    Official support and licensing for the FrontPage 2003 client will continue through April 2014. Support of the FrontPage Server Extensions has already been eliminated from new hosting servers.
  3. Are there any limitations with using FrontPage on this server?

    Yes. The current generation of YCCD Web Hosting Servers does not support the FrontPage Server Extensions, and features requiring those extensions will not function. These include discussion forums, guest books, email forms, database forms, search engines, active menus, or the FrontPage Includes feature. In addition, very old web sites using themes created in FrontPage 98 will lose their backgrounds and other theme styling if they are moved to this server.
  4. What should I use to manage forms?

    Unlike earlier generations of hosting server that supported form development through FrontPage, the current generation of hosting servers do not have any native technologies that permit direct form creation. Non-technical webmasters are advised to review the Forms feature of the online Google Doc's service at http://www.google.com/google-d-s/forms. This free service will allow you to create data collection forms with minimal training and at no cost.

    More technical users may create forms using a number of server-side technologies including .Net, ASP, or PHP  to generate forms on their own. We do not support Cold Fusion or PERL CGI. For advanced web application development, please inquire to the HelpDesk, your dean, or division leadership about submitting a PPC to have IT develop an application for you.

    Please remember that YCCD Web Hosting Servers are developed as web publishing resources, and should not be considered data-safe. Confidential or legally protected student information should never be stored on this server.
  5. What are the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) ?

    The FrontPage “server extensions” are a component to FrontPage which are installed on the web server hostingyour web site. The extensions allow the server to understand and respond to requests for certain FrontPage features, including forms, databases, “includes”, and some themes and menus. The extensions also permitted FrontPage clients to connect and edit their web sites directly using only FrontPage technology. Any functionality which required interaction with the server, or storage of information, relied on the FrontPage Server Extensions.
  6. Why are the FPSE no longer supported?

    Microsoft announced in 2006 that the FrontPage client product line would be ended and no new versions would be produced. Support and licensing for FrontPage 2003, the last version released, will terminate in April 2014. Microsoft terminated support for the FrontPage extensions in December 2010, and the latest release of Microsoft’s server platform no longer supports these extensions in any form.

    Microsoft has decided that FrontPage was no longer a viable product for modern web development needs, and made the decision to focus its web development and support resources elsewhere. For security reasons, YCCD cannot support technology resources that are no longer being licensed or supported by their creators.