Creating a web page from scratch using Front Page 2003




Getting Started

The Basics

Page Layout





How Do I ?



Front Page 2003 is a powerful visual web page editor. It includes a multitude of features for managing the thousands of files and links that comprise a typical Web site. The latest release includes innumerable new features that make creating Web pages easier and more productive than ever. The links will take you to Tutorials, Forums, and some of the most frequently asked questions about Front Page. Please check the "How Do I" section for items relating to specific tasks.

Before you get started building web pages, there are several things to consider. One of the more important things is a Web Host. While there are free web hosts to be found, most of them are cluttered with banners and pop up ads making them unsuitable for most applications. It's important when using front page that you sign up with a reliable host that offers the front page extensions. Many of the more advanced features of front page such as forms, databases, searches etc; will not work without the extensions. These extensions are installed on the host server and will function on Windows as well as Linux servers.

Front Page uses it's own utility called "publish" for uploading pages to your server. The publish feature works in conjunction with the front page extensions to provide a fast reliable means of uploading your pages. It is not recommended that you use a third party utility such as FTP to load your pages as it will most likely corrupt the extensions and many of the front page features will not work. When working with the front page editor, you are actually creating two pages at the same time. The visual one that you can see with the text and images and the "code" page that contains all of the html. You can toggle between these pages by clicking between Design and Code or if you prefer, you can click on "split" and it will show both pages, one above the other. There is also a preview feature that will allow you to see how your page will display in the browser. Although it is not necessary for you to learn HTML inside and out, it is a good idea if you have a basic understanding of the main html elements that comprise a web page.  You will also have to understand how tables work as well as cascading style sheets or CSS. 

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