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What does that mean frontpage extension and how Do I connect to my website useing front page
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That's a big question :-)

The extensions are basically FrontPage's answer to the cgi script. They allow you to automate certain tasks within a web site; like form handling, hit counters, local and remote web authoring, security, and a whole host of other useful (and not so useful) capabilities.

The extensions are installed on a web server (IIS if you're lucky or Apache if you're not) and allow anyone with the FrontPage client software to access the site, and create and modify the site's contents through the software interface.

Usually, you have a site that is hosted at an ISP (Internet Service Provider) that has "installed the extensions" for your particular domain. That means with FrontPage installed on your local computer, you can open, create, and view the contents of your website.

To do this, you simply start FrontPage, and select, File > Open Web, and then type the location of your site into the address box (http://www.mysite.com). You now have complete access to your site through the software, and can proceed to administer and author to your hearts content.

The FrontPage Extensions also allow you to Publish your web site. At the very least, it means that you create the site on your hard drive and then - through the FrontPage interface - you "publish" all your files to your ISP's server. If you have the right Operating Sytem on your PC - Windows 2k, XP Pro, and others, then you can install what's called IIS (Internet Information Services) on your PC and set up the extensions locally as well. Although this has no effect on your live web site at your hosting company, it does allow you to run the site "as if" it were live to test out all the components of the site that use the extensions - such as sending email through your forms etc.

There are a few good tutorials out there with regards to FrontPage and their Extensions, so there's no need for me to recreate the book here... but there are tons more.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;281532
http://www.at-frontpage.com/ext_comp.htm
http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2000/frontpage/index.html

Thanks,
Sean
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