FrontPage 2003 verses Expression Web 2 RRS feed

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  • Due to lack of FP extension support by our hosting company I'm faced with having to find an alternative web authoring/editing/publishing solution.  Is MS Expression Web 2 an intelligent alternative?  If not, any suggestions?  Any help provided will be greatly appreciated.
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:10 PM

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  • FP2003 is now getting on for 10 years old and is well behind current standards. EW V2 is also a few years old and you should get the latest version, V4.

    There will be a learning curve, how big depending on your skill level.

    It will support most of the FP specific features although may not let you edit them. You can open your exisiting site in xWeb BUT make a backup copy first. (It will in fact corrupt FP 'shared borders' and if you use these, you'll need to replace them, possibly using a DWT).

    There are a number of resources available for making the transition. See the 'FAQ and Guidelines' post at the top of the forum. If you search through this forum you will find several posts asking the same question as well.


    Ian Haynes

    EW V4 Add-Ins
    EW resources, hints and tips
    • Edited by Ian Haynes Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:23 PM
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:19 PM
  • Far more intelligent than FrontPage 2003, especially when it comes to modern browsers - you know ones that didn't exist when FP was releasead. ;-)

    As Ian said there is a learning curve so I've got a suggestion for you. Download the trial version of Expression Web and try it out. Make sure you work through the learning resources in the FAQ so you learn how to use it (note the Basic Website tutorial was created with v2 so there are some interface differences, most notably Site > New instead of File > New > Web site since all site related functions are now on the Site menu instead of split between the site and file menus.)

    That way you'll be able to make an informed decision whether or not Expression Web is right for you. Publishing under Expression Web is pretty close to how it is under FrontPage 2003 since you can publish via FPSE or the more standard FTP but it has the ability to use multi threading in publishing so it is considerably faster.

    If you used DWTs in FrontPage you will be able to use those same DWTs in Expression Web but you should update any styling that uses <font> or inline properties like bg or align to more modern css and add a valid doctype for consistent display cross browser.

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    Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:08 PM