How to transfere website made with frontpage2003 to Expression? RRS feed

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  • How to transfere website made with frontpage2003 to Expression?
    Thursday, September 8, 2011 7:35 AM

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  • Note that Expression Web has little or no support for most FrontPage webbots, such as forms and navigation - though include files are supported.

    If you are using Expression Web 4, then first use FrontPage to remove any and all shared borders. These can be replaced with a Dynamic Web Template and/or include files in either FrontPage or Expression Web. Expression Web 4 will trash any page that uses FrontPage shared borders.

    Then open the website in Expression Web.

    Conversion (almost) done - FrontPage navigation and forms will have to be updated to other methods.

    See Prerequisites for using Expression Web:
    This tells you what you need to know BEFORE you use Expression Web.

    For tutorials and other resources, click the Learn link on the forum pages, and also read through the Resource section in the Before Posting FAQ sticky. This includes links to pages that deal specifically with conversion from FrontPage to EW. Direct Link:

    Ron Symonds
    Microsoft MVP (Expression Web)

    Thursday, September 8, 2011 7:55 AM
  • I would like to add that we have found it easier to use Frontpage itself to prepare sites for EW when possible. For example you can make a DWT with FP and then turn off shared borders- this way you do not have to worry about EW handling the code. Also, use FP to get rid of navbars and replace them with traditional links which might be on an "include" page if you like or on the DWT if they are the same site wide. 

    Regarding forms, search, tables of content, it gets more complicated as you will need some kind of third party solution. Check the gallery on this site for add-ons and Google the rest. However before paying for anything see if your host offers free features such as search or forms etc.

    See the learn section of this site for the MS whitepaper on converting from FP to EW at the link above provided by Ron. We found it very helpfull.

    Sometimes it may be easier/better to rebuild sites or pages with EW if your goal is compliance/modernization, in particular if your site structure is based on nested tables and depricated code which can be better done with modern CSS techniques. This is often not as bad as it seems (cut and paste) once you make your DWT or pick a template.

    You should permit yourself at least 25-50 hours of EW /CSS training time to grasp the concepts before you start and possibly more (much more) if you really want to be proficiant or have to do a major overhaul. 

    Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:29 PM