Microsoft FrontPage

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Microsoft FrontPage

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Basic data

developer Microsoft
Publishing year 1995
Current  version 6.0
operating system Microsoft Windows
category HTML editor
License Proprietary
German speaking Yes

Microsoft FrontPage is an HTML editor from Microsoft for the Microsoft Windows operating system that works according to the WYSIWYG principle. The program belonged to the family of Microsoft Office products and was included in some variants of the Office program package. Accordingly, it was integrated into the office suite and supports Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services . In autumn 2007 Microsoft Expression Web succeeded Microsoft FrontPage.


Microsoft FrontPage is a client - application used in Windows. Apple's Mac OS Classic was also supported in previous versions . However, this product line has not been updated since 1998. The editor can access websites, referred to in FrontPage jargon as webs , both in the local file system or shared network drives, as well as via HTTP using self-developed server-side "FrontPage Extensions". Frontpage offers special functions in the current versions when processing Windows SharePoint Services webs and thus enables extensive extensions and changes to Windows SharePoint Services with simple means.


Frontpage offers a number of special functions that are made possible by management information in the form of vti files , so-called bots and / or XSLT . Some of these functions are similar to what professional web-based content management systems have, such as: B. the automatic generation of navigation elements, the quick and consistent change of the appearance ( design ) of the entire website or the full text search over the entire content of a website. The management information is proprietary and is used only by Microsoft FrontPage and some related Microsoft products (e.g. Windows Sharepoint Services ). The FrontPage bots are also proprietary. Both technologies sometimes require a special extension on the web server, the so-called FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE). These are usually available on web hosting that is rented for a fee . The HTML code generated by the latter versions of FrontPage (2002 " XP " / 2003) adheres to the standards of the W3C . Microsoft Office documents can easily be imported to remove proprietary source code.

Microsoft FrontPage is suitable for managing small and medium-sized websites. The administration of larger websites with a data volume of around 10 GB with several hundred thousand objects is also possible due to the subdivision into webs , subwebs and nested subwebs , but user convenience is reduced and ensuring design and link consistency becomes increasingly difficult.


The program originally developed by Vermeer Technologies Inc. was introduced to the market in 1995 in version FrontPage 1.0 . At that time there were no popular visual HTML editors. FrontPage was multi-user from the start and integrated the administration of websites and the editing of HTML pages in one package, with the two functions being divided into two applications: the FrontPage Explorer, which took care of the administration, and the FrontPage Editor, which took over the administration then allows editing of a single page. After a short market presence, the product was taken over by Microsoft and launched as Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 in the spring of 1996.

FrontPage 2.0 was also published by Microsoft in 1996 as Microsoft FrontPage 97 . The integration in Microsoft Office has been improved and additional tools such as the image processing program Image Composer and the Microsoft Personal Web Server (PWS) have been added. Starting with this version, FrontPage can edit HTML code directly.

FrontPage Express was a slimmed down version of the HTML editor FrontPage 2.0 from Microsoft. This was, named after Outlook Express , distributed with Internet Explorer 4.0 and 5.0, but was then discontinued. The variant consisted only of the FrontPage Editor itself, the FrontPage Explorer was missing.

FrontPage 3.0 was released as Microsoft FrontPage 98 in 1997. Additional tools for image processing and the option of WYSIWYG processing of tables and frames have been integrated. In this version, the graphical representation of the structure of a website for editing the automatically generated navigation bars as well as support for the ASP scripting language has been added.

FrontPage 4.0 appeared in 1999 under the name Microsoft FrontPage 2000 , was for the first time a single integrated application that combined FrontPage Editor and FrontPage Explorer and for the first time offered support for cascading style sheets and was able to protect directly edited HTML code from changes by the program ( HTML Source Preservation ). In addition, numerous functions for simplification and use have been added, for example the Database Results Wizard . This version also offered rudimentary support for DHTML and XML , as well as an integrated mechanism for version control ( check in , check out ). Since this version, FrontPage webs can still be nested ( nested subwebs ). There was also support for simple workflow management for the first time.

FrontPage 5.0 was launched in 2001 as Microsoft FrontPage 2002 (also incorrectly known as Frontpage XP ). The new features include automatically updated web content, the editing of SharePoint-based websites via the browser, a stronger integration of the Office clipboard and the possibility of targeted publication of individual pages.

The Microsoft FrontPage 2003 version (also known as FrontPage ONG or FrontPage 11 or FrontPage 6.0 ) was released in 2003 and above all improved support for open web standards such as XML and WebDAV . For the first time since this version, a side ruler and a layout grid for pixel-perfect HTML layout are available.

Office 2007 no longer includes FrontPage. It will be replaced by Microsoft Expression Web and the free Visual Web Developer Express for creating websites for the Internet and SharePoint Designer for designing SharePoint pages, primarily for the intranet.

Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions

The Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) are extensions that add additional functions to the FrontPage client. The FPSE are installed on the web server and are available for the Microsoft Windows ( Internet Information Services (IIS) or earlier Internet Information Server) and Unix ( PHP , Apache ) platforms under a proprietary license.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Microsoft Help and Support: FrontPage Express is missing from the installation options. Article ID: 231962 - Last changed: Wednesday January 24, 2007 - Version: 1.1; Microsoft indirectly indicates the two versions of Internet Explorer (IE 4.0 is the default browser of Windows 98 and IE 5.0 is that of Windows 98 SE)