The death of FrontPage Extensions
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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|
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.
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.
A long running staple in the design world, Adobe Dreamweaver is a paid for product with a robust feature set.
Sublime Text allows you to very efficiently code your website or server-side files with ease.
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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.
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.
2014-07-10 8:27 pm
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.
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.
2014-07-17 10:25 am
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.
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!
2014-08-18 4:18 pm
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.