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I am trying to understand the difference between the three terms in the title of this question, and how it pertains to MS FrontPage.

In particular, my host (GoDaddy) provides the ability to create a 'Sub Domain', which seems to be simply a sub folder.  However, it is accessable with the URL syntax as follows:  http://subdomain.domain.com rather than http://www.domain.com/subdomain.

I'm not sure, but I think either one of these URL's will work on a GoDaddy subdomain.  But, I'm not sure.

What I'd like to get, is an explanation of the subdomain.domain.com principle.

Additionally, I'd like to know how I can manage these issues in FrontPage?

Thanks.
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It depends on the hosting company.  Usually a sub-domain - is pointing to just a folder in the root of the website.  And a folder can be a sub-site.  A sub-site / sub-web is a FP term only and does not have anything to do with anything else.  

You would need to find out from your hosting provider where subdomain.example.com actually points to.  Usually it would be www.example.com/subdomain.  Meaning you could enter both URLs and the same information comes up.   www.example.com/subdomain could be a sub-site, but you would only know that - end users would not

-Corey
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None of it makes any sense.

1.  If I simply add a folder in the root, I can see it via example.com/folder, but not folder.example.com

2.  If I create a folder through the GoDaddy (host) 'add a subdomain' function, it places a folder in the root, which I can see either way.  Maybe?  As it is not working now.

3.  If I simply create a folder in the root of the FP web, it seems to work, but if I convet that folder to a subweb, then it doesn't, plus functions like themes do not carry through.  Well, at least not all of the time.

4.  When I try to publish from FP, I get a permission error for the subweb.  I have no idea how to even access permissions, either locally or with the host.

All I want to do, is create a series of sub-folcers that I can refer to via folder.example.com, but I would like to be able to publish from FP in order to keep everything in sync, especially with the themes.  It seems, that if I create everything in FP, but then FTP everything rather than publish, things work better.

Do you think this could be a limitation of FP2000?

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Sorry I was out of town for a few days.

>>1.  If I simply add a folder in the root, I can see it via example.com/folder, but not folder.example.com
Have you contacted Godaddy for this?  This is a server issue - not FP.

>>2.  If I create a folder through the GoDaddy (host) 'add a subdomain' function, it places a folder in the root, which I can see either way.  Maybe?  As it is not working now.
Have you contacted GoDaddy - this is a server issue

>>3.  If I simply create a folder in the root of the FP web, it seems to work, but if I convet that folder to a subweb, then it doesn't, plus functions like themes do not carry through.  Well, at least not all of the time.
This would be a FPSE issue.  Are you on a *NIX server?  Are you publishing to www.example.com/subweb?

>>4.  When I try to publish from FP, I get a permission error for the subweb.  I have no idea how to even access permissions, either locally or with the host.
Your hosting company might not even support subweb - have you asked them?

FP2000 does have some limits.  FPSE are no longer going to be supported by Microsoft and their new program Expressions are taking over FP

-Corey
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Corey,

Not a problem, as I think I have it understood, somewhat.  I can probably work within the limitations.  Thanks for the help.
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If you are not on a MS server and you want to use sub-webs, I suggest you find one.  FPSE do not really work all that great on *NIX

-Corey
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