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The Microsoft FrontPage web publishing software has existed for over 18 years, with official mainstream support dropped for the product by Microsoft on 4/14/2009, and with extended support ending on 4/8/2014.

With the official extended support ending just a month away, it's important to start transitioning to newer web publishing software to maintain your website going forward.

Microsoft FrontPage version history

Below is a table showing the various versions of FrontPage over the years, along with the dates in which support from Microsoft ended for each product.

Product name Start Date Mainstream Support End Extended Support End
FrontPage '97 12/26/1996 12/21/2001 2/28/2002
FrontPage '98 12/25/1997 9/30/2001 2/28/2002
FrontPage 2000 6/27/1999 6/30/2004 7/14/2009
FrontPage 2002 5/31/2001 7/11/2006 7/12/2011
FrontPage 2003 11/19/2003 4/14/2009 4/8/2014

Death of FrontPage server extensions

A lot of hosting providers have already disabled the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) for quite some time, since they are notoriously known to cause issues after not being updated in years.

On March 19th, 2014 InMotion Hosting will be disabling the server-side FrontPage extensions on our servers. Any FrontPage user that wants to update their site, will no longer be able to publish with or utilize the features that FrontPage extensions allows for.

Can I keep using FrontPage to publish my site?

Even though Microsoft is ending official support for FrontPage, you can continue to use it to publish your website. However, going forward you will be unable to publish your site using FrontPage extensions, and instead you will want to publish your FrontPage site over FTP.

If you plan on sticking with FrontPage, please note that as web standards evolve over time FrontPage will cease to also do so. A good quote from the Microsoft site on their prerequisites for using Microsoft Expression Web page covers this:

The FrontPage Server Extensions are considered deprecated technology and are being phased out of Microsoft products in favor of modern standards. Designers who use FrontPage Server Extensions components are likely to encounter problems with modern Web browsers. Many hosting companies are also dropping support for FrontPage Server Extensions due to the fact that Microsoft hasn’t released a new version in many years.

Expression Web users who are using FrontPage Server Extensions for authoring Web sites by connecting to servers using HTTP should adopt modern technologies such as FTP (including SFTP and FTPS), WebDAV, or by using disk-based sites.

What are newer FrontPage alternatives?

The Internet and the web have changed drastically since the days when FrontPage was a very common website editor. Almost every modern website editor these days will require you to have some basic understanding of the concepts of HTML, and CSS coding, instead of the drag and drop design that FrontPage used.

Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft released the free Microsoft Express Web 4 editor to replace their FrontPage product line. It's not a direct FrontPage upgrade, and is a completely separate product that focuses more on modern web design.

Adobe Brackets

There is the free open source Adobe Brackets code editor, which offers some very handy features like live HTML editing so you can see your changes right away.

Adobe Dreamweaver

A long running staple in the design world, Adobe Dreamweaver is a paid for product with a robust feature set.

Sublime Text

Sublime Text allows you to very efficiently code your website or server-side files with ease.

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n/a Points
2014-04-24 10:55 pm

Microsoft really sucks. They get you hooked on their costly software for years then bail on on you. That is our Microsoft. Motto: count on us and we will screw you.

n/a Points
2014-09-10 11:11 am

I am really frustrated with Microsoft. They have so much outdated information on their site and it is difficult to find what one is looking for.  I have moved an app that used FPSE to a 2012 server, which does not have FPSE, but does use classic ASP.  Most of the app works, but there is one part which yields "Database Results Wizard ErrorThe operation failed. If this continues, please contact your server administrator."  We do not want FrontPage on this server.  I've read a lot of articles and none seem to work.  Any suggestions would be helpful as I am not a Windows Server guy....

Staff
17,717 Points
2014-09-10 12:09 pm
Hello James,

Thank you for contacting us. We are happy to help, but will need some additional information to provide a meaningful answer.

Can you include more details on the App, along with the steps you are taking to see the error.

Also, can you provide a link to the error?

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-09-11 10:01 am

John-Paul,

Thanks for offering to help.

Here are the details:  It is a classic ASP app that used to use FrontPage extensions and has been moved to a server, which does not use FrontPage but only has classic ASP installed. 

When I go to the asp "page" I get the following error:

Database Results Wizard ErrorThe operation failed. If this continues, please contact your server administrator.

I have altered permissions and set up an odbc system DB.  This makes no difference.  I did see that I could see the full error if I open the hidden folder /_fpclass/ and edit the fpdbrgn1.inc file, changing fp_DEBUG = False to fp_DEBUG = True.  I did this and I get the following error: “Database Results Wizard ErrorProvider cannot be found. It may not be properly installed.One or more form fields were empty. You should provide default values for all form fields that are used in the query.”

The main thing I need to do is get the database connected without relying on FrontPage server extensions and am unsure how to do that.

Staff
17,717 Points
2014-09-11 10:30 am
Hello James,

Thank you for providing additional information. We're happy to help, but tt is difficult to troubleshoot without access to the app, and knowing how it was fully coded/created and its dependencies.

Have you added the IP of the server connecting to the database, if you are connecting remotely.

For example, with our servers we have to Add the IP address to allow a remote MySQL connection.

Feel free to post any additional questions below.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-09-11 11:05 am

It's working!!!! I failed to enable 32-bit application access.  For others looking, here's what I did: I went to IIS Manager, went to the app and then Basic Settings to see which Application Pool it used.  I then went to Application Pools, selected the pool used by the app and selected Advanced settings where I set "Enable 32-Bit Applications" to True.

n/a Points
2014-07-10 7:29 pm

This article does not live up to the excellent customer service InMotion has always provided. It is condescending, dismissive, and completely ill informed.

The notion that Expression Web, which is now discontinued as well, is a "replacement" for FrontPage is ridiculous. The programs are nothing alike. To recommend text editors as other reasonable alternatives is laughable. FrontPage is extremely simple and user friendly, plainly designed for very basic use. The last version, 2003, while imperfect, does not have near the level of coding issues that previous versions had. There is, frankly, no reasonable replacement.

It's not my webhost's job to tell me what software to use to design my website. Many of us are using our sites for education or other non-profit activities, not commerce. As such, many InMotion customers will have no interest in gaining a "basic understanding of the concepts of HTML, and CSS coding," nor should we be forced to do so.

To require FrontPage users to switch to FTP due to security concerns is perfectly legitimate. To hector us into learning extremely complex new software based on some false standard of what is "modern" or to complare the simple, infinitely user-friendly FrontPage to the products mentioned here is beyond ridiculous.

Instead, what InMotion should be doing is encouraging its customers to use the software they want for the purposes they want via FTP and be grateful for the business.

Staff
26,137 Points
2014-07-10 8:27 pm
Hello JKH,

We do apologize that you are upset with the article's information and tone. When Microsoft discontinued FrontPage, it was Expression Web that was created in its place and it in fact had many "hooks" into it that allowed for older FrontPage users to migrate to that software. Since Microsoft no longer officially supports the software, we have attempted to provide alternatives that people can CHOOSE to use or NOT to use. We are not dictating what you MUST use. We are trying to provide workable alternatives. There are plenty of other softwares out there, including Adobe Muse, which do not require that you have knowledge of HTML or CSS. There are also online alternatives like WordPress which are free and do not require to be loaded directly on your computer. The decision on the tool that you use to create your web site is yours alone.

We are fortunate and grateful for the many customers who use our service. As standards change and things progress we are trying to provide useful information that can help people find a possible solution to their hosting and website needs.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.



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2015-03-31 5:16 pm

I just put Front page off too long & now my site is just sitting out there. I am in real estate & just likes the simple way to use Front Page since 2002. I feel if I can't get it to work in a simple way I may just cancel the web site & just use MLS. I am tired of learning new tricks. Any suggestions? Thanks

 

Staff
5,036 Points
2015-03-31 5:29 pm
Hello Ken,

As a great alternative I would suggest wordpress as they have plugins that will allow you to setup real estate listings and do most of the work for you.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2014-07-17 8:13 am

It would have been nice to have some kind of warning, especially for those that are currently using frontpage extensions so we could transition to another product.

Not happy.

Staff
17,717 Points
2014-07-17 10:25 am
Hello Danielle,

Thank you for contacting us, I understand your frustration. You can still continue to use Frontpage by publishing your site via FTP.

Since this is a Microsoft product, they have been posting notifications for years, such as the one in the article above:
"The FrontPage Server Extensions are considered deprecated technology and are being phased out of Microsoft products in favor of modern standards. Designers who use FrontPage Server Extensions components are likely to encounter problems with modern Web browsers. Many hosting companies are also dropping support for FrontPage Server Extensions due to the fact that Microsoft hasn’t released a new version in many years."

We have no choice, since Microsoft is the one phasing Frontpage Extensions out. They also dropped mainstream support of Frontpage in 2009.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

-John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-08-18 3:57 pm

Yeah, that's all fine but the problem is that no one's FrontPage forms will work if you publish via FTP. This entire situations sucks -- and is entirely frustrating, just as JKH pointed out above. Totally sucks!

Staff
17,717 Points
2014-08-18 4:18 pm
Hello Dai,

Thank you for contacting us today, we definitely understand your frustration. Unfortunately, since Microsoft pulled the plug on Frontpage several years ago, it will become increasingly outdated.

Similar to IE8 and Windows XP, it is impossible to keep Frontpage extensions safe when Microsoft is no longer patching security holes, or providing any updates.

Microsoft has released several replacements for Frontpage since it was discontinued. Specifically Expression Web 4, which is available for free on Microsoft's website.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

-John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-12-05 1:22 pm

I realized just now that Frontpage extensions were disabled. There was NO NOTIFICATION to us, and NO ADVANCE notice. We have just lost 5 months of customer contact and subscriptions because the forms stopped working with NO WARNING to us! The ONLY reason we are using your web hosting is because you were supporting FrontPage. Your fallacious reasons for not continuing to support it are condescending at best, but can be justified (to yourselves--not to your customers) as a business decision (although if you were smart about it, you'd have a separate server for us FrontPage diehards, make us sign a "at your own risk" disclaimer and charge us more). But the failure to inform cannot be justified under any circumstances.

Staff
17,717 Points
2014-12-05 2:13 pm
Hello Sam,

Thank you for contacting us. I understand your frustration, but any server that continues to support Frontpage is opening itself up to serious security risks. Putting them all together would just compound the security problem. This is not fallacious, but is an industry-wide move, because Microsoft themselves ended support for Frontpage extensions in 2006, and is no longer patching new security holes.

We supported Frontpage extensions as long as we could, and longer than most other hosting companies.

I confirmed a mass notification was sent out to the primary email address of all our customers on 4-22-14.

Unfortunately, Frontpage extensions are incapable of keeping up with the modern internet standards, and is becoming more outdated everyday.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2014-12-29 6:25 pm

I have a web site www.foamandupholstery.com that I design all of my pages using FrontPage 2004. 

Network solutions no longer has FrontPage 2004 extensions so I can not publish any new things. 

I copy all that is published on www.foamandupholstery.com onto my desktop using FileZilla. 

Now that I have all the files save to the desktop I open the files using Microsoft Expression Web 3 but I see that the Navigation links disappeared.

 

 

Can I add new items and list on to the server even though the Navigation links disappeared?

Staff
28,948 Points
2014-12-29 6:38 pm
Hello Christina,

I am not sure what you mean by the navigation links disappearing. Do you mean from within Expression Web? If so, unfortunately we cannot troubleshoot that as that software does not run off of our servers.

You can always use FTP to upload your files to your server instead of using FrontPage directly. That is basically what Frontpage did, just within itself as opposed to having another program to do it.

As an aside, I looked at your site, and noticed a ton of hidden Louis Vuitton references and the bottom menu is a set of links to sites other than your own. It appears to have been hacked mildly, so you may want to remove that code the next time you edit it.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M



n/a Points
2014-12-31 8:12 am

The only FP extension that my site uses is for Forms. Can someone please suggest if there is a way where I can retain my FP site (publishing by FTP perhaps) and use some kind of add-on module for the form functionality? Essentially, I have neither the time nor the expertise to re-create a 200 page site on some other software. What can I do?

Staff
28,948 Points
2014-12-31 9:36 am
Hello Gustav,

The extensions should not be required for the site to function. What extension is it that is required for the forums? What error messages are you getting?

You can always upload the site files via FTP, the main function of the extensions was to create a way to upload the files to the webserver without additional software, such as FTP.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-12-31 12:27 pm

I am getting a 403 error when anyone fills up data on the form and tries to submit it; the rest of the site seems to be working fine. I just need the forms for capturing client and visitor information / inquiries. Is there any other way to do this, while integrating it within the FP site?

Staff
26,137 Points
2014-12-31 1:54 pm
Hello Gustav,

Sorry to hear that you're having problems with the FP site. We would need a little more information from, mainly the website URL, so that we can investigate what's happening. Unfortunately, FrontPage support is being phased out, but we will help you as best as we can. Be aware though, that compatibility issues with the FrontPage may occur as support is removed from the hosting servers.

Apologies again for the existing issues. Please provide us the requested information and we can investigate the issue in more depth.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-12-31 6:44 pm

I am not comfortable in posting the URL out here; however, should you wish to help (which I appreciate very much), you can simply tell me whether there is some other application / program which I can use to collect form data, without having to depend on FP extensions. This is a generic question and you do not need a URL to answer this

Staff
26,137 Points
2014-12-31 7:05 pm
Hello Gustav,

Typically Form data is gathered from the website by the form that is in place when a user enters the data on the live web page. If you're referring to collecting data from an existing database where data already exists, then that is NOT a form, but would require database work to move the data from one database to another. You say, "is there some other application/program to collect form data" - quite simply, it would be a form that does NOT depend on Front Page - there are many ways to create forms on the internet. However, the end result is that it would require that you re-create the form for the website. You can create simple forms using HTML or PHP or you can purchase form application solutions. I think you're looking for something to simply replace the existing forms that you have that depend on the FP extensions. To be honest, there may not be an easy solution that you can just plug in. I ran several searches and everything I'm finding (even from Microsoft) involves migrating your site away from Front Page. We unfortunately cannot provide the service of migrating your site for you, though we do have a web site building team that can re-create your site (for a fee). If you cannot make the change yourself, then you will want to look for a programmer/developer to help you in this process.

Apologies again that I can't give you a direct and simple answer. I do hope that this helps to guide towards the solution to your issues with your FP form.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-05-16 1:32 am

I have been using Frontpage since 1996 and hate to see it go. I have had tremendous success with database connectivity -- displaying data from Access databases on my sites. I wish I could find somebody somewhere who could supply me with a few lines of code that I could plug into some of my pages to accomplish the same thing in lieu of Frontpage extensions. There should also be some company smart enough to run a dedicated server for Frontpage users to infinity and beyond! There are thousands of us out there, and we aren't going away.

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