Are You Still Using Microsoft FrontPage?
Microsoft FrontPage has been a popular program used by many for a number of years. Many users don’t realize that Microsoft actually quit producing any new versions and packaging FrontPage in its office versions in 2003 and it discontinued support for the product in 2006. This means that Microsoft no longer provides any extension updates for web hosting servers. The resulting consequence is that features such as hit counters, mail forms, guest pages and search boxes and other features can result in errors or very simply fail to work at all. In addition to the fact that server extension updates are no longer available cPanel is forcing an EOL (end of life) because the Apache software foundation has discontinued support for it which will open security holes due to the lack of updates.
What Does This Mean to FrontPage Users?
As we move forward to our end of life date on November 04, 2013 for enabled FrontPage server extensions, new sites will be able to use only the basic non-script features of FrontPage 2003. Basic text and images on a FrontPage site will still work after that, but any features that requires FrontPage server extensions may stop working at any time unless you make changes to the special scripting that FrontPage has enabled on your web pages.
Many hosting companies have already quit supporting FrontPage extensions or will do so in the very near future. FrontPage 2003 FTP publishing and basic page design will remain intact but FrontPage 2002 and earlier versions FTP will fail and you will need to consider newer methods.
What Should I Use Now?
Many new options have become available for web publishing and web design since the Microsoft FrontPage product has been discontinued. WordPress is a popular web design platform which can be installed through your cPanel, coffee cup is a very nice HTML editor. There is also an editor within the cPanel file manager and RVSite Builder is another option which is offered free to JaguarPC clients.
Since FTP for FrontPage versions before 2002 will no be supported you can consider..
• FileZilla FTP program is also a good FTP program which will allow you to publish or add files from your site.
• WebDAV Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that facilitates collaboration between users in editing and managing documents and files.
Our support area includes several FTP options for you to explore as well.
Additionally, Microsoft addresses what you should do when your hosting server does not have FrontPage server extensions enabled.
While FrontPage offered many users an easy to use and near universally supported platform for web design and publishing, the program has now been replaced by many other choices which are capable of creating web pages, supporting special scripting needs and FTP functions which are much more sophisticated and more well suited to the updated server configurations which most web hosting companies now utilize.
What Can I Do If I Absolutely Still Must Use FrontPage?
If you still feel that you really must continue to use FrontPage then an alternative is available. We can offer a 10% discount off of our VPS plans for those of you who still require the use of FrontPage and would like to have it even though Apache will no longer be updating it. You can contact [email protected], open a live chat session or submit a ticket to our sale and billing department if you need additional information or would like to take advantage of this particular offer.
We are here to help!
If you are still using FrontPage and you need assistance because of this change then we are here to help you. We understand that this transistion may create issues and display problems on some users web pages and we will be able to assist you. Please contact our technical support department and they can assist with the needs you have to make this a smooth transition. Remember EOL is November 04, 2013 so please contact us before you have issues.