FrontPage is one of the most common web design software. This software will help you to create small web sites without learning HTML. The only thing you have to do is to design a layout and FrontPage will automatically make the coding for you. After finishing the site, you can instantly transfer the site to a server by clicking the button “Publish site”. However, before publishing a FrontPage site, you need to find FrontPage web site hosting.
First, you should find a server with Microsoft FrontPage, available to potential customers. Depending on the web hosting company, you may find a plan with other scripting languages included, like PHP, CGI and ASP. For some extra money, you may gain access to MySQL or Access databases. In addition, FrontPage web site hosting servers give access to customers to modify their sites with a set of programs that contain many useful tools. With just a few clicks, customers can make changes in all their pages, simultaneously.
FrontPage web site hosting advantages
On FrontPage web site hosting servers you can find thousands of java scripts, images, templates and ready to run solutions. You can add and position images in your pages with drag and drop technique and you can format the text without learning cascading style sheets. All these things can save you lot of time if you are a beginner in web design.
FrontPage package has also included Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting. This means that you can add lots of ready to run vb-scripts to your site, without knowing how they were created. Another useful tool is the online coding. On the UNIX servers, you can change the files of your site only on your PC, and then you upload them on server. Nevertheless, on FrontPage web site hosting servers you can edit the files directly by coding in a window. After you finish editing the files, you may browse them in Design View, simulation different screen resolution or browsers.
Disadvantages of the FrontPage web site hosting
FrontPage web site hosting includes lots of useful tool for webmasters. However, after you create a site using these tools you will not be able to move your site on other type of server, unless you start coding all your pages. Servers with FrontPage, have Microsoft Windows as operating system, while more then 95 percent of web hosting servers use UNIX. This will make harder to install additional modules to your site if they were not design for Windows.
Even if you host your site on a server with Microsoft FrontPage installed, you may need to manually code your pages in order to make them accessible in other browsers like Fire Fox, Opera, Netscape, etc. Anyway, 90 percent of the visitors use Internet Explorer, so this problem will not affect very much your daily traffic.