Microsoft Frontpage can be a very handy piece of software for Web Designers, there are some features but only when you look for them. Microsoft Frontpage could do with some more features but apart from that it's good. Another good point is there themes there are many themes to choose from which makes a difference from the boring plain coloured backgrounds. Last but least another great feature is the reports where it tells you your site stats.
html for boring or complicated stuff that you can then cut and paste into your html. Intergration AS Its a Microsoft product you can include Access, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in your web site. Publishing If you've never published a web site before Frontpage offers some help, it will determine the best transfer method and remembers your details, it also tells you what info you need off your ISP. Overall a brilliant program if you're new to web site design, if you're used to html it has its uses but is ok not brilliant.
I would class myself as an advanced user of Frontpage 2000, so I would like to think that I have a fairly good grasp over this software. Like many MS programs, FrontPage works very well within windows and functions very similar to other programs such as Word and Excel. It's primary use is for designing and producing web pages. It has features that many other programs do not offer. For it to be used to its fully potential, the server that you plan on publishing to much have FrontPage server extensions installed. However, I don't use the features that require this as most advanced features, such as message boards are more reliable if programed in perl. If used correctly, FrontPage can produce some amazing web creations. It is very simple to use and features a WYSIWYG interface and the standard html editing feature. It is perfect for beginners to use and equally good for advanced users. The one downside with FrontPage, other than the need for server extensions, is the ammount of 'crap' code it generates. But with a simple knowledge of html, this can be easily removed. Like all software it is important that the user is happy with it. If you feel comfortable using it, then great. If not, then find something else to use. FrontPage comes as part of the MS Office Professional Package, it is also available for about £129.99 as a stand-alone piece of software. I urge you to disregard those who put this product down. it may have its downsides, but what program doesn't? I really think this product is under-rated and should be consider if you are thinking of publishing your own web documents.
Microsoft FrontPage - everyone seems to hate it these days. Thousands of critical reviews, everyone loves its competition, for example, Macromedia Dreamweaver gets nothing but praise! The reality is, though, quite frankly, that everyone is wrong... ;) I have been using MS FrontPage now for over 2 years to create websites for my clients. Not only is it an extremely visually attractive tool but it is also extremely powerful. There's no raw interface exported directly from the apple MAC in FrontPage (there is in Dreamweaver) but instead you get the tried and tested formula of the MS Office standard interface. What this means is that the program is extremely easy to get to grips with. However, once you learn how to operate the basic functions within the program you slowly begin to stumble upon reams of easily accessible power features which really improve your website rather than being just gimmicks. The website management functions of FrontPage make management of your website far easier (and with MS personal web server or IIS allow you to test your website before you upload it AS IF IT WERE RUNNING ON THE SERVER!!!) Also, unlike a lot of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What you Get) editors, MS FrontPage displays an exact replica of the layout of your page in editing mode. Finally, FrontPage's integration into MS Internet Explorer means that a preview of your page is only a button click away. Everyone seems a little too keen to slag off Microsoft, but I'm afraid those who ignore MS FrontPage are ignoring a tool which could aid them greatly in the creation and management of their website.
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When I first brought this product, I heard nothing but bad reports about it but I downloaded the trial version and found it remarkably easy to use. 6 months later, I’m now running a successful website and am still using FrontPage to do the majority of the design work for it. It really easy remarkably easy to use when compared to Dreamweaver, which, I found very hard to get to grips with. FrontPage gives you a pretty wide range of options like the ability to use HTML if you can and also DHTML and I found the ability to use my HTML skills were not needed, but I could use them when I really wanted to. If you’re a beginner, you can put together a nice looking website within the hour and use this to continue to build on it in the future. If you’re an expert, this is still, in my opinion, a useful piece of software to have. I found the frames option in FrontPage particularly poor and typical Microsoft, this programme doesn’t take kindly to code written by other programmes. These are the only two major faults and I’m really glad I didn’t listen to moans and groans about his product, because I for one, am happy using it.
Available as a standalone product or found packaged with some versions of Microsoft's Office suite,, this latest version of Front page is aimed at both home users and business type who need to produce proffesional-looking sites with the minimum of fuss. Its icons and menus will be immediately familiar to anyone who's ever used word. Despite its full range of advanced features and tools, complete novices can soon produce interesting pages thanks to a wide range of document templates, ready made framed pages and fully customisable themes. For those that bauulk at suck time saving techniques and prefer to do things there own way, style sheets help to ensure a consistent look across all pages. Seasoned users should also find the colour coded HTML view options and the ability to view pages in different web browsers a great help. Excellent management tools that automatically check for broken links and a particuarly east to use site publishing tool make this a good choice despite the heft price tag!!!
I have been designing web sites since I was 13, and with now over 8 years of design experience behind me, I am always on the look out for things that will make my job easier. FrontPage has developed over the last years from a useless piece of trash to it's current form, and as far as WYSIWYG editors go, it's not a bad one. As with all WYSIWYG editors though, it has it's fair share of problems. First, the good things. It saves time, pure and simple. Once you have a design for a site, it is great for adding in new pages and editting text. That sort of thing is simply horrible to do in Notepad (my preferred web site design program), and I use this or Dreamweaver to populate a site once the design is complete. It is easy to use, and for novices or people who don't have the time or inclination it is perfectly adequate for designing simple sites. Anyone looking to learn to design websites would benefit from using this. Once you have drawn your first few tables and put some images in a few pages, you can look through the HTML that has been generated for you and learn from it. On the other hand, it is handicapped in several ways. It isn't as flexible as I would like. When I design a site (currently using DHTML type technology) FrontPage is a pain to use. It simply isn't capable of creating the types of design that cutting edge pages need to be using at the moment. For this reason I still do all initial design work in Notepad. There is no substitute for learning HTML and becoming familiar with coding. At the top ends of design, FrontPage is restricting and this is the reason I am not a big fan. It has uses, especially for new designers and those who don't want to add new pages to a site or edit long pieces of text in Notepad. For those who are new to design or don't have time to learn, I would highly recommend it. For those who want to learn to be good designers and need to understand how H
TML works, I would reccomend Notepad. For those who want to use a WYSIWYG editor AND need to do high tech stuff, FrontPage is not for you. Try Dreamweaver UltraDev instead...
FrontPage is perhaps the most radical of the Web page designers. A cut-down version is included with many editions of Internet Explorer and this results in it being a program that users try out before other Web designers. However, it has many features which make it specific to the Microsoft Web server, Internet Information Server (IIS), and this isn't the most common server found on the Internet. Using FrontPage with anything other than IIS reduces its functionality considerably and hence increases the pressure for ISPs to offer IIS hosted Web sites - a marketing point that cannot have been missed by Microsoft. In previous versions of FrontPage, it was even necessary to install Microsoft's Personal Web Server to work with a production site before uploading it to a live site. In the latest version, this condition has been relaxed but there are still some very strange features that you need to be aware of. FrontPage 2000 creates a Web site with a very specific structure and, while it is possible to move a FrontPage Web to some other development software, it isn't recommended. You start off by creating or editing a 'web' which is FrontPage's equivalent of a project. You can select from a modest selection of Web types, which include a One Page Web, Corporate Presence, Customer support Web and so on. You can also opt to import an existing Web site using a Wizard. The strange thing is that after you have selected the type of Web you want to create, you can't browse to specify a location. It appears at first that the only sort of location that is acceptable to FrontPage 2000 is either a Web server or the local host. In fact, this isn't the case and, as long as you type in the name of the location correctly, it can be an arbitrary folder on an arbitrary computer. However, as with previous versions of FrontPage, unless you have access to a server and server extensions, many of the features offered by FrontPage simple do
n't work. Once you have a Web set up, working on it is relatively easy. FrontPage opens with a 'Normal' view, which is a wysiwyg editable form of the page. You can select an HTML or non-editable preview form simply by clicking on one of the tabs. On the right-hand side of the screen is a view bar which controls how you view the entire Web. To add a new page you can select from a range of templates, which include frame pages and style sheets. FrontPage 2000 supports both frames and DHTML cascading style sheets with few restrictions. If you add a blank page to an existing Web, it is created using the same style. You can then enter text, format it by applying styles, create tables and insert pictures either by selecting a file name or dragging from a folder within the Web. All of this is achieved in a wysiwyg view even if the page has a complicated structure such as frames. Hypertext links can also be created by dragging a page from the folder list to the page view. Hyperlinks can be followed in design view by clicking on them holding the Ctrl key - which makes it more likely they are correct when you finish your work. FrontPage 2000 makes advanced facilities, such as cascading style sheets, very easy to use. You can alter the style of any tag simply by selecting the required change in a dialog box. DHTML effects are also supported by way of a toolbar. You can select an event, such as click, and then an effect, like flyout or swap picture. The range of possibilities is fairly small but it does make some of the effects that DHTML makes easily available to the non-programmer or indeed the non-HTMLer. FRONTPAGE SUPPORTS THE USE OF APPLETS AND ActiveX components. It also has a range of special components that do a particular job without the need to add any code - usually referred to as WebBots. For example, you can embed a hit counter on a page simply by selecting it from a list. However, this hit counter will only work if the p
age is served by a Web server that has FrontPage extensions installed - without them it just doesn't do anything. The same is true of the other WebBots. You can also write scripts in either JScript or Vbscript and there are full editors for both. FrontPage also supports Web management. You can ask to see a diagram showing a site map of pages or a diagram showing all the hypertext links used in your site. The diagrams tend to become very complicated when a site approaches anything like a realistic size, but this is just a reflection of how difficult it is to keep a site under control. A link validation and repair facility is available and you can ask for reports on all aspects of your Web including identifying pages which might be slow to download. Web organisation is aided if you choose to use 'sub-webs'. As long as you can section your web up into meaningful units, sub-webs are a good way to restrict what you see at any one time. A task manager helps you organise what remains to be done, and you can get a team to work on the same web via the Workgroup facility. Publishing a web is also simple but the default is to try to make use of FrontPage extensions at the server to make the update more sophisticated. Many users will come to the conclusion that FrontPage extensions are essential but if you read the small print it does say that if they are not available then FTP will be used. In practice, FTP works well but it doesn't offer the facility to automatically update links if you move a file. VERDICT FrontPage is one of the most advanced Web designers available while remaining easy to use. It allows a beginner to use frames, cascading style sheets and even some aspects of DHTML without knowing anything about how they work. Its main problem is its reliance on server extensions to implement some of its more sophisticated features. In practice, this isn't as important as the documentation makes it sound. Even
without server support, FrontPage 2000 is well worth considering.
What a pain FrontPage 2000 is! I spent more time correcting the erronous coding Microsoft's web authoring package inserted into my pages as well as making my stuff xhtml compliant. Based *loosely* around html 4, FrontPage is a useful tool for creating uniform-designed web sites (it can do more than one page at a time to a certain extent) if you are either pushed for time or have a limited skills base. There are a rake of graphics and "themes" which can create a corporate look across your web site - if you use the product as Microsoft intended. The trouble is, no matter what theme is used, all FrontPage 2000 themed sites stand out (to me) like a sore thumb and some are more noticable than others. If one does not use an external cascading style sheet (css) document, the page files will become truely massive - a lot bigger than they need be. Saying that, the css documents are around 10 - 12 times the file size they need to be. The bigger the file, the longer the page will take to load as the browser has to read more code to display it. A lot of comment tags are also added and whilst not visible in the browser, it still has to be read. FrontPage 2000 was launched just prior to Internet Explorer 5.5 was released so the many newer features supported by IE 5.5 are not available in FrontPage 2000, so if you want the latest features you're out of luck here. I assume the new version, FrontPage 2002 will be able to support the new features but as Internet Explorer 6 is literally just round the corner (preview versions are allready available), than I suspect the newone will be insufficient before it's time. Tick to a good reference book and Windows Notepad - like I do!
Microsoft is such a big & experienced company now, that no matter what this program has to be of a fairly good standard. I found Front page very easy to use, with all the functions that you find in any office program and some… The problem is that for the price you pay, you don’t really get too much. Yeh sure you may think it good, but if you take time to learn the HTML itself it becomes very restricted. Not only that, the page size is massive, a page written in HTML may take 5K or so, this will more than likely be 12K in Front page. If you have no knowledge of HTML and you want a fairly decent looking site very quickly this may be the program for you, but otherwise you can get a lot better results form 'text editors' such as 1st Page 200 (evrsoft) or CuteHTML. I would personaly expect alot more from a program like this.
Ah, Microsoft FrontPage. The very mention of this particular piece of software used to incite me into fierce fits of violence and blue language. If anyone ever used to suggest to me that I use FrontPage to build a website, I used to look at them as if I were about to tear out their heart and eat it... Anyway, now that you think I'm a psycho, on with the review. I remember a time when Microsoft FrontPage was so bad that people could (and did) write better web pages in notepad. You literally could sit down and tap your HTML out in notepad and come up with better looking pages than you could if you sat down with FrontPage. With the advent of Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Professional however, all that seems to have changed. I have to say that I absolutely love it! Sure, it's not Dreamweaver (Which is still my weapon of choice when it comes to web dev) but it's so damned easy to use! MS FrontPage 2000 means that anyone can now throw together a very nice looking website within a day - and it also means that you can make quite substantial changes to site structure without loads of really hard coding - due to intelligent toolbar components that can be configured through FrontPage's Navigation View. There's no need to use the basic tags in FrontPage. Everything is taken care of as far as formatting is concerned, as it is a WYSIWYG package - IE you type things out on the page, or use drag 'n' drop to position your graphics, and that's pretty much how the browser will render it. You still need to be aware that people will run different resolutions, different browsers etc - and so it doesn't mean that you no longer have to test out your pages on a variety of configurations - but it does mean that you don't have to go to the external preview quite so often. For the purist, full access to the source HTML is provided, so you can edit out any nasty anomalies that crop up (ve
h everything with the inbuilt publishing wizard, as using FTP tools to upload can corrupt the extensions. I find this a pain. I've lived with WS-FTP for longer than I care to remember, and I've come to love it. I guess the beginner would find not having to use FTP software to be a blessing though. All those UNIX commands rushing by could be rather daunting... Overall, FrontPage 2000 is an excellent package, and most people will find it adequate. Pro developers should stick to Dreamweaver though... come on, has Macromedia let you down yet? The time to go with Microsoft has not yet arrived, but on the evidence of the latest incarnation of FrontPage, it may be coming...
The package itself is realatively cheap for the home user, around £80. It is an easy package to use, but the themes are not all that interesting, but they can be tailored to you own interests. Now on to the package! You will notice that is part of Office which means all the usual toolbars are there. So you do get a slight advantage if you use Office regularly and are used to it's layout. If you mess around with it for a while (it a good way to get used to it) you will get used to the layout and where you can change all the things about your page. One thing to remember is that this package does not title the page for you like you may think, but his isn't hard just go to the html view of the page and add the line: <title> What ever it is</title> in the head section of the page. If you add borders to your site, you need to use the navigation view to make them work right. You first add them by right clicking on the page and them shared borders. These then come up where ever you wanted them. They are also customised by the theme of the page. The navigation view is very useful for linking your pages together. When you have your site all created all ready for the web it is very easy to upload. Just click file then publich web. It can uplaod to both http and ftp servers. Quite cool! This is just a brief run-down of the features in FrontPage 2000 (there are an awful lot of them) the most widely used of them (well that I use). If you want to see a site done using FrontPage then go visit my Site. If you are a novice at WebPage building then this Packgage is better than DreamWeaver (one of the best on the market). You don't need to know any HTML scripting for it. Tybalt
If you are looking to build a website for your company in the shortest time possible, and on a shoestring budget, this is the software for you, especially if you have no web building experience. I know a couple of people with small businesses who have found it very useful for creating their online presence simply because it is user friendly. At the click of a button, Frontpage 2000 will generate a website from a template, which you choose according to your company, etc. Once the site has been created, you simply change the information to suit your needs. There are different “themes” to choose from which determine the colour co-ordination and text style for your site, making the overall look and presentation consistent, and can be edited to suit your company colour scheme. What I like most about Frontpage 2000 is the “shared border” facility. This enables you to add headers, margins and footers to all of your pages automatically to all pages within your website. This is most useful for times when the company logo, navigation links menu, and company address needs to be applied to every page at the website without doing it manually. Frontpage 2000 also has lots of special features such as search forms and feedback forms which handle data without having to install and configure CGI scripts. There are also functions to add animated effects to your pages, although most of them are only compatible with the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. However, websites produced with this software are easily identified because many of the graphics included with the package are used on many other websites, so if you want a unique look to your site, you should give Frontpage 2000 a miss, unless you are capable of creating your own graphics. There are other disadvantages too. Whilst Frontpage 2000 is compatible with Internet Explorer, it very often creates bad results in Netscape browsers. I have worked on a website which looks great in E
xplorer, but seriously messed up in Navigator, so compatibility needs extra attention when using this software. There are also problems with page layout. For some reason, there is some inconsistency in text placement when using shared borders. Although this isn’t too critical, it is frustrating for more experienced web designers. This is definitely not for serious web designers, but is useful for the novice designer in creating express websites which may require a certain amount of complexity. Frontpage 2000 is worth buying if you own your own company and would rather not employ an expensive web designer or web design service. If you are an experienced web developer, look elsewhere! Be aware that your web server will need Frontpage extensions capability.