Month: November 2017

Migrating From FrontPage To Expression Web

Migrating From FrontPage To Expression Web

More and more people have started to develop new and improved websites, for this they need to get help from a reliable hosting company. Hosting companies are something that help give your website a platform to stand on and build an online empire (if that’s what you want). However, over the years hosting companies have undergone many changes and one of the biggest changes is that many of these companies have dropped support for FrontPage server extensions. Others who have not yet dropped this compatibility option are likely to do so very soon.

So, if you are still using FrontPage for your website then you should consider moving to a more compatible web editor. One of the best editors nowadays is Expression Web. However, you should not be hasty in making the migration because Expression Web is very different from FrontPage and there are many things that you should know about it.

How To Do It?

Now let’s move on the actual moving part, all you need to do is follow some simple steps and you shall be good to go.

1.     Backups

Before you do anything, the first thing that you need to do is make several backups of your website. This is just a security measure because if you mess up your website during the migration then you will have some place to start fresh. Many people tend to ignore this step and it costs them a lot. Don’t be ashamed if you are not able to make a successful migration in the first try because it is all part of the learning process.

2.     Remove Unwanted Material

There is a good enough chance that your website might have collected some extra images, scripts or pages over the years. This is the kind of material that is no longer in use that is why there is no point in moving all of this unwanted material. It is always a good idea to clean up this clutter because it will clear up some important space and even if you ever do need to reuse these scraps you can always go to the backup file and scavenge the material from there.

3.     Remove FrontPage Themes And Shared Borders

When you are removing the FrontPage themes and shared borders from your website then it is advisable that you should use the FrontPage software to do so. This is because it will be easier to do so from a familiar software so that you do not damage your website.

The process of migrating from FrontPage to expression web, we can Customize the Front Page Menu on a PrestaShop website.

To see if your website uses a FrontPage theme or shared borders just look for a line of code that looks like “<meta name=”Microsoft Theme” content=”aftrnoon 1011″>” or “<meta name=”Microsoft Border” content=”tlrb”>” respectively. After that just fire up FrontPage and delete the theme or shared border by selecting the right options.

You should also remove the FrontPage folders. Some of the most common folders for FrontPage are:

  • _borders
  • _fpclass
  • _private
  • _themes

4.     Replace Bots

If you have used FrontPage bots in your website then it is a good idea to get rid of these bots as they will not translate properly on Expression Web. For example, if you have used a search bot then you should consider replacing it with a free search bar that does not display a lot of ads on every search. Some of the best sources for search bots are:

  • Search Boxes
  • Zoom Search and Expression Web

If you use FrontPage Photo Gallery on your website then you can use a random photo album generator in its place. Some of the recommended photo generators are Web Album Generator and jAlbum. Table of contents can be replaced with a site map. You can do this just by deleting the old table and creating a new page name “site-map.html”.

5.     Lastly

After you have completed all the above mentioned steps that you can begin implementing the new Dynamic Web Template or DWT. You will have to purchase this DWT and before you do anything you should first learn and understand how this template works.

Conclusion

These were some of the most important things that you should know about FrontPage and Expression Web especially if you are choosing to migrate. If you do not follow the above mentioned steps properly then the whole process of migration will become very difficult for you.

FrontFX DoDraw for Microsoft Draw and Microsoft Chart

FrontFX DoDraw for Microsoft Draw and Microsoft Chart

Quickly and easily use Microsoft Draw and Microsoft Chart components in Frontpage 2000 and 2002 as images!  (XZAKT Media is not responsible for the Microsoft Office components being installed or any errors/usage issues of the Microsoft Office components)



Beside use Microsoft Draw and Microsoft Chart components in Frontpage 2000 and 2002 as images, Microsoft Draw can use in customizing Frontpage the menu in PrestaShop.

  • Create MS Draw and Chart objects and insert them in IMAGE FORMAT!
  • Save and Re-Edit them in their native MSDraw or MSChart program even though its an image!
  • Use WordArt quickly and easily from Frontpage 2000!
  • Convert Frontpage 2002 Draw Objects to Images quickly and easily.

FrontFX XZAmp

FrontFX XZAmp
  • Add Cross Browser Background Music 
  • Totally awesome MP3 streaming thanks to cross browser compatible Flash MP3 Players.
  • Implement Interactive Sounds On Standard Images In Your Document.

FrontFX XZAmp, by XZAKT Media, is the easy way to add cross browser audio content to your web pages with Microsoft Frontpage 2000/2002.

Bringing sound to sites has never been easier, with support for Cross Browser Compatible Background Music, MIDI Music Selectors (IE), Flash Based Sound on Image Events Such as Mousovers (IE) and now Cross Browser MP3 streaming thanks to cleverly designed Flash MP3 Players (built in and others importable).

FrontFX ET Image Reporter

FrontFX ET Image Reporter

Have you ever wanted to check all the images in your FrontPage web to ensure that there are no broken images ? The process of check all image in your FrontPage is so easy, you can use migrating from Frontpage to expression web.

 

The FrontFX ET Image Reporter (created through ideas thanks to Ernie Taylor and AnyFrontPage Bytes EZine) will do just that!

  • Easy to Use!
    Just click the report and let the software start processing all the pages in your web for you.

 

  • Save Headaches!
    With a simple to read report with affected pages and images listed there will be no more headaches having to check each and every page manually for missing images.

 

 

  • Add To “ToDo” Tasks!  
    For disk based webs, the FrontFX ET Image Reporter can add all affected pages/images to your Task list of things to do!

 

FrontFX Screen Grab

FrontFX Screen Grab

FrontFX Screen Grab is a simply but very useful Frontpage 2000/2002 Addin that allows you to capture (Grab) the screen, a window or even just a section of the screen.  Simply set your Hot key and its ready to grab!

  • Grab Full Screen

     

  • Grab individual Windows

     

  • Grab just an area of the screen!

     

  • Inserts straight to Frontpage!

     

  • No more switching back and forth to “paint” programs and copy and pasting from them!

FrontFX MasterPics & CachMate

FrontFX MasterPics & CachMate

A two in one product!  Not only browse your Internet Explorer Cache and insert images and SWF (Flash) Files directly into your web page, but modify them with a collection of brilliant image effects!  No more switching to expensive “paint” programs to run effects on images!   

FrontFX MasterPics brings image
effects directly to Frontpage!.

  • Modify Images with awesome effects within Frontpage!
  • Make normal buttons effects, round button effects, drop shadows, deform images, color effects and more!
  • Browse your IE Cache and insert images and SWF (Flash) files directly from your cache in a few simple clicks.
  • No more switching to expensive “paint” programs to carry out image effects!.

 Samples


Original

Buttons

Swirl

Drop Shadows
Any many
many more!

Over 30 Image Effects
In The This Release!

Round Button
+ Browse your IE cache and insert images and
Flash files thanks to CacheMate!  All in one!

FrontFX FrontFlash

FrontFX FrontFlash

 

  Bringing sites to life has never been easier, through built in customizable buttons, sounds, introduction movies, banners/headings, or bedazzling clipart.  A simply click, and change of properties saves hours of painstaking development (XZAKT Media has done the work for you!)


FrontFX FrontFlash, by XZAKT Media, is the easy and cost effective way to add Macromedia Flash™ content to your web pages with Microsoft Frontpage 2000/2002™.

 

  • Easy to use for the Beginners yet powerful and time saving enough for even Experienced Users to ensure they have as a part of their development toolbox.

     

  • Save Time, Save Money, Save Headaches!

     

  • Add customized Macromedia Flash content without owning Macromedia Flash!  

     

  • Insert interactive buttons, add sound, wow your web visitors with a few simple clicks!

     

  • Implement Interactive Sounds On Standard (Non Flash) Images In Your Document.

     

  • Download and Import more useable content to expand your resources. (Registered Users Only)

FrontFX Tools+ 2 (Update 2)

FrontFX Tools+ 2 (Update 2)

 

So Many Scripts, and then some!

FrontFX Tools+2 is the second in the FrontFX Tool+ series that is to be released throughout 2003.  This edition focuses on Forms and includes
several tools for enhancing your online forms. 

 

  • Over 60 premade, pre Javascripted components.
    (Yep! Over 60 FORM based components – from Navigation
    through to Download Calculators and more!)
    Click Here For The Full Listing Of This Release’s Components

     

  • New Field Manager With Additional Field Effects!
    (Limit text entry, add highlighting styles and more!)

     

  • Quickly Remove Forms/Form Parts (such as just text fields)

     

  • Easy To Use Interface.

     

  • Save Favourite Forms For ReUse In Other Pages.

 

 Type In Me Then Press Tab
.

Confirm Submissions

Some Weird Effects!

Functional Buttons!

Time Fields

Cool Effects

And there is much more!

FrontFX Tools+ 1 (Update1)

FrontFX Tools+ 1 (Update1)

 

 FrontFX Tools+1 is the first in the FrontFX Tool+ series that is to be released throughout 2003.  This edition focuses on Tables and Symbols
within FrontPage 200/2002 to give additional functions
and productivity enhancements.

 

  • Quick and simple tables with more options!

     

  • Insert Symbols In True ISO Format! © ® æ etc!

     

  • Easy To Use Interface

     

  • Add Table Effects!

     

  • Save Favourite Tables and Table Configurations.

 

Quick Table Gradients!

Save To Favourites!

 

AB BITS! Forms Forms and more Forms!

AB BITS! Forms Forms and more Forms!

wise man once sat on a high mountain. Many people over many years came to see him.  They traveled from great distances and climbed the massive heights of the mountain to ask his advice and seek his wisdom.  One day a website owner made the great journey, climbed the rocky inclines, and slumped down beside the wise man, huffed and puffed from their trek.  “What can I do for you my obviously normally desk bound companion?” asked the wise man. “Aaah, nothin!”, replied the site owner, after catching their breath, “I just heard theirs its a fantastic view from up here thanks to the great feedback forms on my website! ”    🙂

Okay, its a pretty crummy introduction but if you look into it real deeply (and it does take some deep looking!) I guess I am trying to say that if your users can have easy to use forms on your website you’ll get all the feedback, suggestions, ideas and user interactivity you’ll ever need.

A well designed form can often make the difference between a user wanting to give you feedback and use the interactive features of your site or whether they simply turn up their nose and investigate another web site.

The top rules we like to follow are these :

– Use clear labeling of fields.

 – Try and pre-empt user responses and utilize radio buttons,
pre checked check boxes and drop down lists when possible. 

 – Use tables (with color and alignments set) to aid the visual
layout of a form.

 – Give additional descriptions, explanations, or help, on fields
that the user may question.  Utilizing the status bar is
often a good means of doing this.   

There are possibly other rules and ideas that other developers may use as well that are very useful.  Our biggest recommendation is to visit other websites that use forms, look at their layouts, play with them (you don’t have to submit!) , and you’ll soon have the a picture of whats good and whats not!


There are lots of formatting tricks available with forms and once again the crew (well, Andrew!) at XZAKT Media has come up with an addin for FrontPage to try and aid your world of form creation. FrontFX Tools+ 2 has just been released and contains a complete box of utilities for working with forms.  With over 50 (yep over 50!) premade form components all pre Javascripted and ready to insert as well as many additional tools, Tools+ 2 is the utlimate FrontPage forms companion!  Click Here for more information on FrontFX Tools+ 2.