Cannot open default website at localhost with FrontPage 2003

Posted on 2005-03-22
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
Hi all,

I'm more familiar with Windows Server 2003 with IIS6.  Some of this setup stuff on Win XP Pro is throwing me for a loop.

I have a new machine.  Win XP Pro.  IIS 5.1.  I installed FP extensions 2002 as well.  I need to be able to open the default website at localhost in FrontPage 2003.  But when I try to do an FILE> OPEN SITE and specify http://localhost/, nothing happens.  I can get to the site via IE but I just cannot open it to edit it in FP.

I've also gone to My Computer and right-clicked to Manage, then went to Services and Applications and then IIS.  I tried to right-click on "localhost" right-clicked to All Tasks then "Open with FrontPage."  It fgives me an error saying "You need to install the FrontPage client software to open a web with FrontPage."  But FP 2003 IS installed.  In fact, I reinstalled it after that too.

One other thing...from Computer Management, how do you add another website to IIS ?

Any help would be appreciated !


Question by:trzesniakj
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Try http://localhost/localstart.asp

If it works fine it means at least that your iis is running properly.

Do you have an index.html or default.html in your localhost.

If you are working using Frontpage,  I prefer to create a new web using frontpage.  


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ID: 13622387
Hi hhammash

Thanks for getting back to me.

Using IE, I tried that URL you mentioned and it works.  I don't think I have a problem with browsing to the site.

But I tried to do what you said and create a new site through FP.  When it asked where to locate the site, I put "http://localhost/mysite/".  It did not create it.  It just went back to the dialog box that asked me where to put the new site.

Could it be a permissions problem ?


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Expert Comment

ID: 13625608
You can create the website anywhere,  it does not have to be localhost.  Even MyDocuments would do.

If you are concerned about localhost, you should create the website under C:\Inetpub\wwwroot

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hhammash earned 2000 total points
ID: 13625640
Try and create only one page,  very simple, save it as default.htm and put is in c:\Inetpub\wwwroot\default.htm.

When you type http://localhost you will get the page you created.


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