Import existing page into FP2002

Posted on 2006-03-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I am a network admin and PC repair person, not a Frontpage user or web programmer. A client called w/ a crashed HDD. While most of the important data was stored offsite, data files constituting a website created in Frontpage 2002 were on the local drive. The drive is no longer spinning and I will not be able to retrieve the data files.

However, I do have admin login info for the domain, and access to all the .htm, picture files, etc that make up the website. I need to know if the files on the website are the same files that are published to the web site from Frontpage, or do they undergo some sort of change during the publishing process. Once repaired and FP2002 installed, can I simply copy the files from the web site back to the local computer so that the website can be edited in FP2002?

If that is not possible, is there an import function in FP2002, and if so, how well does it work?

Thanks from a non-web type person for all your help!
Question by:westone
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    first you have to set up the site in IIS. make sure you configure the FP server extensions as well and enable them for this site.

    now open FP, then File > Open Site > Navigate to the backup location.  

    next, go to File > Publish site > Choose the website as the remote location, and publish the entire site.

    you are correct when you say "undergo some sort of changes"  - publishing enables the components that require server side interaction, if you do not publish they will not work.  these include forms, shared borders and hit counters to name a few.


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    Okay so where is the backup location? As I indicated in the original post, there is no backup, there is the website itself which was published from FP2002 to the domain. The only files we have are the ones published to the domain. What is the best way to get the site back into FP2002 so we can edit it, without re-creating the whole thing from scratch?
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    my bad, then you have to open the published website, and choose your local PC as the remote location in the Publish process.

    Author Comment

    At the moment, I am using the "Import" function on the file menu. It asked a couple of questions and started downloading the files from the domain. It will probably take awhile, then we'll see the results. I'll let you know.

    BTW, the user's "My Documents" folder was re-directed to a server. I searched it for .htm files, but none showed up so I assumed that the unpublished website in Frontpage was stored in a different location on the local HDD (the one that failed). Now that I have installed Frontpage on the new drive, I see that the default location is under the user's "My Documents" folder. It must have been moved to a different location, or I missed it.
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    defauly location:

    %username%\my documents\my websites\site name\

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