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FrontPage: Uploading Your Site

NOTICE: Microsoft stopped supporting FrontPage in 2007. This means that there will be no new features or security fixes. IPOWER can no longer provide support for those customers who continue to use FrontPage nor can we guarantee that your site will continue to function as it did in the past.

Website Builder Options

iPage offers multiple free/low-cost site building options that are included with your website hosting.

Enable the FrontPage extensions for your site

To enable the FrontPage extensions for your site:

  1. Log into the FrontPage Extensions page
  2. Click Enable button

It will take about a minute for your FrontPage extensions to be fully installed on the server-side and then you should be able to publish successfully.


Upload your site using FrontPage

Before you can upload a created site, you need to enable your FrontPage extensions from the control panel. Then, to upload:
  1. Open the site in Microsoft FrontPage
  2. Click File --> Publish Web (FrontPage 2002) or
    File --> Publish Site (FrontPage 2003)
    • publish destination - http://username.ipage.com, where username is your account username.
      The log on prompt is displayed.
  3. Enter your username and password (as described below) for your account.
    1. For Windows:
      Please verify your username on this page before proceeding
      • servername: username.ipage.com
      • username: as shown on this page
      • password: account password
    2. For UNIX:
      • servername: username.ipage.com
      • username: username
      • password: account password
  4. Once your information is verified, your site will begin to publish.


Reset your FrontPage extensions

If you are using our UNIX hosting services, you may log into the FrontPage Management page to reset your FrontPage extensions.

Important Before you reset your FrontPage extensions, you must make a backup of your website as resetting your extensions may delete your existing files.

If the FrontPage Management tool does not resolve your FrontPage publishing errors, please make a backup of your website and contact Support for assistance. Our Support Team will ask you to confirm that you have made backups of your website and your account username and password. Providing this information in your initial contact will expedite your response.


Manage FrontPage Server Extensions

We currently offer Microsoft FrontPage 2003 for those customers who have used it in the past, but encourages all customers using it to design and manage their website to consider alternatives. We will be moving to end support and availability of this product in the very near future.

If you are using a .htaccess file on your website, FrontPage may not install properly, or at all. FrontPage views non-FrontPage created .htaccess files as security vulnerabilities and will not install. To install FrontPage please remove or rename any .htaccess file you may have in the directory you plan to use for the FrontPage installation.

Please note that Microsoft discontinued development and support for FrontPage several years ago. This means that neither product enhancements nor fixes for any known or unknown vulnerabilities are forthcoming. If you continue to use Microsoft FrontPage your website will be less secure, and we may not be able to help you recover in the event of serious problem. We strongly encourage you to find alternatives as soon as possible.

Please see Microsoft for more details at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/143101

I receive the error - The folder XXXX isn't accessible. The folder may be located on an unavailable volume or protected with a password.

We do not support the Open Web method in Microsoft's FrontPage to open a Website using HTTP. When you try to use Open Web, you will receive an error.

We recommend the following alternatives to using Open Web:

  • Edit your site locally using FrontPage, and then upload/publish your site.
  • To edit your site online using FrontPage, we recommend that you use Jimco Open Web, a third-party add-in for FrontPage, which adds an item to the File menu in FrontPage that will bypass Web Folders when opening Webs.
    1. Download this software at:
      www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.aspReleaseID=31865
    2. Follow the instructions on the Open Web Add-in for FrontPage page.
    3. In FrontPage, select FrontPage > File > Jimco Open Web to connect to your site.
    4. Enter your domain name or Website URL (http://username.ipage.com). FrontPage will open your Website online.
    5. Edit your site as needed.


After creating a new directory in my FrontPage web I am not able to publish. Why

After you create a new directory in your FrontPage web and try to publish your site, you will most likely get the following server error:

Server error: Cannot read or set the permissions for file,
c:\path\_vti_bin: initializing the SD failed.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions. They claim it will be fixed in the next version of FrontPage Server Extensions.

For more information, read the Microsoft article here.

RESOLUTION:
Ignore the error and re-publish again. Your web should publish successfully.


Why is FrontPage's Save Results Component showing on my forms

The Save Results Component error on FrontPage forms commonly occurs when attempting to reach the site using a domain name that is not integrated into the FrontPage extensions. In order to fix this, you will need to reinstall your extensions using the tools in the FrontPage Management section of the Members Area. Please make sure that you have a backup of your site before reinstalling the extensions as it will erase your current contents.


Why will the form work at username.ipage.com and not domain.com

This error commonly occurs when attempting to reach the site using a domain name that is not entered into the FrontPage extensions. In order to fix this, you will need to reinstall your extensions using the tools in the FrontPage Management section of the Members Area. Please make sure that you have a backup of your site before reinstalling the extensions as it will erase your current contents.

 

FrontPage functions NOT supported

FrontPage forms running via SSL server -

Unfortunately, you cannot POST to FrontPage forms on the SSL server. You can write a CGI script/form to POST or you can POST to your FrontPage forms without using SSL. However, you will get an Internal Server Error if you run the form via the SSL server.


FrontPage Web search function is NOT supported -

iPage is unable to support the FrontPage search function, because it requires the Indexing server, which is not supported on our platform. You can use other ASP-based scripts to add search functionality to your Website, such as one of these free scripts:


No support for Microsoft's Office SharePoint Portal -

We do not support Microsoft's Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 package.


No support for Open Web method in Microsoft's Front Page -

We do not support the Open Web method in Microsoft's FrontPage to open a Website using HTTP. When you try to use Open Web, you will receive an error.

We recommend the following alternatives to using Open Web:

  • Edit your site locally using FrontPage, and then upload/publish your site.
  • To edit your site online using FrontPage, we recommend that you use Jimco Open Web, a third-party add-in for FrontPage, which adds an item to the File menu in FrontPage that will bypass Web Folders when opening Webs.
    1. Download this software at:
      www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.aspReleaseID=31865
    2. Follow the instructions on the Open Web Add-in for FrontPage page.
    3. In FrontPage, select FrontPage > File > Jimco Open Web to connect to your site.
    4. Enter your domain name or Website URL (http://username.ipage.com). FrontPage will open your Website online.
    5. Edit your site as needed.
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