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FrontPage Web Hosting

FrontPage web hosting has arisen from the success and popularity of Microsoft FrontPage.

First of all, what is FrontPage? Simply put, it's a software program that helps the user to create dynamic, interactive web pages without the need to posses any knowledge of HTML or other web programming scripts. This user-friendly point-and-click model, based around a straightforward "What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) display, is familiar to most users of other products in the Microsoft office suite.

Given FrontPage's popularity, many market-savvy web hosts now offer FrontPage hosting to clients as a comprehensive package. Some companies are even choosing to specialize in FrontPage hosting.

For the slightly more advanced user, FrontPage allows you to compose your site in HTML and/or view and edit the HTML code generated automatically concurrent with the point-and-click method. For the slightly less advanced, or the more time-crunched, FrontPage also provides various templates of web pages of all different styles and sizes, for all different needs, from pleasure to business and back again.

The primary benefit to using a FrontPage web hosting service for your site rather than any other generic web host is that a FrontPage web hosting provider has FrontPage extensions enabled, which allow you, the user, to bypass the cumbersome, intermediary step of using a third party FTP client to publish your site.

This feature alone makes it well worth considering FrontPage and a FrontPage hosting provider for all your web-presence needs, as you continue to reap the benefits every time you update your site (which will be often, believe me) and every time save yourself 5 or 10 minutes of unnecessary labor.

FrontPage server extensions, as Microsoft puts it in its MSDN library, are programs to support, administer, author, and browse FrontPage websites.

The second benefit to choosing a FrontPage web hosting provider for your FrontPage website(s) is that there are numerous juicy FrontPage features that are only accessible via a server with FrontPage extensions enabled.

 

 

If you plan to use any of the following on your FrontPage website, you must choose a FrontPage web hosting provider, specifically:

  • Hit counter - for tracking the number of visitors hitting certain of your site's pages

  • Forms - for sending data inputted into forms to a file, an email address, or a database

  • Discussion forum - for sending and displaying comments sent by visitors to the site

  • Search - for more detailed search functionality both within your site and on the overall web

  • Multi-user authoring - for allowing more than one programmer to work at the same time creating and editing pages of the site

  • Remote authoring and administration - for permitting authorized users to perform administrative and editorial duties from any computer connected to the web.

These tools will only work on a server with FrontPage extensions enabled. If you don't run your own server on which you can install these extensions yourself, your best (and cheapest) bet is to go with a FrontPage hosting provider.

If you already have FrontPage, but have yet to find a FrontPage web hosting provider, one easy way to do it is by clicking the "WPP" button in FrontPage's "Publish Web" dialogue box. WPP stands for "Web Presence Provider" which is just a fancy way of saying "web host".

Once you've taken down the names of a few FrontPage hosting services, come back to this website (www.hosting-review.com) for thorough reviews and recommendations on which ones may be best suited for your specific needs.

View our list of Top 10 FrontPage Hosting Companies

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