Whilst Microsoft FrontPage is probably better known as a website design programme, it can also be used to upload your website directly to your server. If you’re unsure how to go about frontpage web hosting, then keep reading, as we’ve put together this guide to help you.
If you’re having trouble recognising your FTP, then you can rely on the old fashioned hint: it will begin with ftp://!It will usually reference your website’s URL. Make sure you have the best internet provider when attempting this exercise.
Firstly, you need to open the remote web site view from the bottom of the screen with FrontPage, which can be found just above the bottom tool bar, and then click on the remote web site properties button in the upper right.
From there, you need to select FTP, before filling in the address of your FTP site (for a more comprehensive guide on FTP, click here). Once this has been done, you can click the OK button from that menu. If you’re having trouble recognising your FTP, then you can rely on the old fashioned hint: it will begin with ftp://!It will usually reference your website’s URL.
When you’ve entered the FTP, you should then be asked for your username and your password for the website. These will have been issued to you when you purchased the website domain, so will be accessible from your hosting provider if you’re not sure what they are. Enter the details in and press OK to connect.
Once you’ve fully connected to the FTP, you will be able to upload all of the necessary files and directories that you need to use in the left pane, whilst selecting local to remote in the lower right of the screen. If you want to upload any changes that you’ve recently made, you can use the synchronise button. Once you’re ready to start the transfer, you should press the publish web site button and let the process go through.
(It’s possible that you may receive a message warning you that some files are on the server but not on your hard drive. If you’re asked whether you’d like these files removed, answer ‘no’ as you might be in danger of removing your log files otherwise.)
Once the process is complete, a message should then appear in the status area at the bottom of the screen notifying you that the site has been uploaded. When this is done, you can then go into the file menu and select close site in order to end the connection.
If at any point you’d like to rename either a file or a directory, you can simply right click on the item in question and click rename and from there make the necessary changes as desired. The same process goes for deleting either a file or directory: simple right-click on the relevant item and click delete.
Finally, it’s worth remembering that whilst this article offers the most general way to upload a site using FrontPage, individual host providers will likely have their own upload methods that work at an optimum level with their software, so ensure you do your research to see if this is the case. If you’d like a top-down tutorial on FrontPage, then this playlist is definitely the place to head next!