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FrontPage Components

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Introduction

FrontPage includes many features called "FrontPage Components".  They enhance your web site and can also perform tasks that would otherwise require complex scripts and programming knowledge.  This How-To Article will describe the FrontPage Components, how they are used, and what they require to function.




FrontPage Components

Here's a table of the FrontPage Components, what they do, how they are used, and what they require.

Component What is it? How is it used? What does it require?
Hit Counter The hit counter component will track the number of visitors to a web site through a graphical counter. This component is typically used on homepages to display the number of visitors to that page.  Hit counters are not always a good way of measuring traffic, as the hit counter counts how many times the page has been shown (page views). The Hit Counter requires FrontPage Server Extensions running on the server to function.
Advertising Banner This component will create an ad banner rotator with images you choose.  You can also specify transitions between graphics. Ad banners are usually used to generate revenue.  They can however, be used to rotate many images to create a "Slide Show" type effect.   The Advertising Banner requires FrontPage Server Extensions running on the server to function.
Animated Buttons This component uses a Java applet to create buttons that respond to mouse-over movement. These buttons can be used just as regular hyperlinks are.  They are typically used in navigation bars.  Be aware that not all browsers (especially older browsers) support Java applets. Animated Buttons only require that the web browser your visitors are using can support Java applets.
Table of Contents The Table of Contents component will automatically create a page with hyperlinks to each page on your site.  The table of contents is set up in a "tree" format. The Table of Contents can be used as a "site map".  It will list links to each of the pages on your web site.  It is not useful on large sites, as the page will become extremely long.   The Table of Contents Component requires FrontPage Server Extensions running on the server to function.
Marquees A marquee is text that scrolls across the screen. The marquee is used when you need to draw attention to a certain point.  The marquee can be accomplished through Pure HTML; FrontPage Components are not the only way to create a Marquee. Marquees require the visitor's browser to support marquees.  FrontPage Extensions are not required.
Include Page The Include Page Component will include a page into another page. Include Pages are probably one of the most useful components in FrontPage.  They can be useful when you need to include content from another page into another page.  When the "included page" is modified, the page with the include page component is automatically updated. The Include Page Component does not require FrontPage Server Extensions on the server to function.
Scheduled Pictures This component will include an image into a page for a certain time.  After that time is up, the picture will be replaced with another. Scheduled Pictures can be used when you have a limited time offer or you want to add variety to your pages. Scheduled Pictures require FrontPage Server Extensions on the server to function.
Scheduled Include Pages The Scheduled Include Pages component allows you to include a page into another page for a certain amount of time.  (Similar to the Scheduled Pictures Component) This component is usually used when you want to include content for a certain amount of time.  This is helpful when including information on a promotional offer for a certain amount of time. The Scheduled Include Page component requires FrontPage Server Extensions on the server to function.
Search Form The Search Form Component lets you have an easy way to allow your visitors to search your site.  You can use this component to create a simple search engine for your site.  Please Note: The FrontPage Search Engine is not helpful for large sites.  If you have a large site or want a more advanced solution, try using a CGI or ASP script. The Search Form Component requires FrontPage Server Extensions on the server to function.

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