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General Information -
FrontPage is a program used in the construction of web sites. It allows you to build a web site "Live" meaning you create the pages on the server and they are immediately accessible. There is no need to FTP the pages to the server. On the downside, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) must support FrontPage97 so you need to check and make sure they do.
Additionally, the ISP must provide support for Active Server Pages (ASP) before you can use ASP pages. ODBC support must also be provided separate from the standard FP97 operations.
ISPs that run UNIX only servers will not be able to provide ASP and ODBC since these two functions operate on a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 server only.
FrontPage97 works well with the Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0 (IIS 3.0) and can be used to build Internet or Intranet sites.
Following is an overview using FrontPage97 (FP97).
The web sites are created on the Root web. The actual location of this web is in the server's hard drive in the "\InetPub\wwwroot\" folder. Each web will be a folder inside the "\InetPub\wwwroot\" folder and if your web has folders of its own they will be imbedded inside the web folder.
Trying to make webs within webs is not recommended.
Each web you design will be created in a folder inside the "\InetPub\wwwroot\" folder.
FP97 comes with several built-in web shells that can be used to get you going.
FP97 also has Webbots which are special objects that can be included in a web page. These objects are added to a page and several parameters are set to make them operational. An example is the Search Webbot. You can select Insert, WebBot component, and select the Search from the provided pop-up menu. A rectangular section with the required buttons and text field will be added to your page and you are ready to go.
ActiveX is a nice and quick way of adding functionality to a web site and uses Visual Basic like code.
Some of the general items used for starter sites are:
- Text is added by just placing the cursor in the place where you want the text to appear and just type in the text.
The text has some limitations.
- No more than one space can be placed side by side. Text can be aligned left, right or center, but you can not split one line and have a word on the left side of the page and one on the right side (this can be by adding a table with 2 columns and aligning the left side to the left and the right side to the right).
- The text size is a set of predefined sizes that you pick by first highlighting the text and then pressing the text Up or Down icon at the top of the page.
- Text can be used as a link by first highlighting the text and then selecting Insert HyperLink, at which point you can select the destination location from the provided pop-up screen.
One special occurrence is linking text to your e-mail address. This is done by selecting Insert, Hyperlink, then pressing the "World Wide Web" button, and selecting "mailto:" from the HyperLink Type selection item and typing in your email address in the URL text box. The URL text box would end up having an entry such as
Behind a Firewall
To allow FrontPage 97 to operate behind a firewall, from the top menu select Tools, Options
The Options screen will be displayed
Click on the Proxies Tab, The Option/Proxies screen will be displayed
Enter the Proxy Server's IP address (or IP name) in the HTTP: Proxy text box
Note: The program will default to the standard port address 80. If your proxy server is accepting data on a different port (as is the case on the Wingate tutorial on this site), you will need to append the port number after the address. As an example, the Wingate proxy server is at 192.168.0.1. The entry in the HTTP Proxy text box would be
In the List of Hosts text box, you can enter the name of the computer on which FP97 is running. In the case of the Wingate tutorial example the entry would be
and the "Do not use proxy server for local addresses" check box would be checked.
In doing this, if you have both a site on the internet and a site on the local computer, access to the local site would not go through the proxy server.
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