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.
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.
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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:
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”.
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.
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.