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Learn About Server Extensions

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Introduction

FrontPage Server Extensions make full use of everything FrontPage can offer.  Without server extensions being on the server, you will not be able to use forms, hit counters, discussion groups, include pages, and many other FrontPage Components.  It is best to choose a web host which has FrontPage Extensions on their servers.




Learn About Server Extensions

The article below will describe Server Extensions, what they do, and how to use them.

FrontPage Server Extensions are an important part of Microsoft FrontPage Webs.  FrontPage adds lots of code and other settings that can not be interpreted by a regular browser.  The FrontPage Extensions will modify the settings to fit into the code.

When you publish your FrontPage Website, FrontPage will attempt to connect to a FrontPage Server Software on the server.  If it isn't present, you will receive an error.  You will then need to publish to your web server using FTP.  

If the FrontPage Server Software is present on the server, FrontPage will begin checking what pages are on the server and what pages are on the local disk web.  The lists of files are compared, and only files that are newer than the server copy will be uploaded.  (This is helpful if you have a large site.)  What ever is on the local disk will be on the server.  

If you look at the HTML code to any FrontPage Component, you will notice that it has tags such as: <!--webbot name=-->  This is the code to FrontPage components.  As you probably know, these can not be read by a browser.  FrontPage changes them to code and scripts during the Publishing process.  FrontPage Shared Borders are also "glued" into the page.  The FrontPage Desktop Software allows you to change the Shared Borders freely, but actually what is really happening is that FrontPage changes the HTML code for each page on the site to reflect this change in page layout.  

Once everything is on the Server, all of FrontPage's interactive features will have disappeared.  The Shared Borders will look built-in to the page, as well as other features.  All of FrontPage's components really just create the scripts and code to create what you want to.  


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