Publishing your website with MS FrontPage

This tutorial contains a step-by-step lesson on how to install FrontPage extensions on your domain and how to successfully publish your website.




Logging in to WebsiteOS


Log in to your domain account.


Go to our login page. You'll be prompted for your domain and password. Enter your domain (in the form of "") and your domain password. Click the "Continue" button to login.




Installing the FrontPage Extensions


If you have not already installed the FrontPage extensions on your domain, you must install them before you can publish your website.


From the WebsiteOS Control Panel, click on "FrontPage." The FrontPage function has a window that will allow you to install the FrontPage extensions. These server extensions allow your site to use FrontPage specific components like form submission and shared borders.




Installing on domains without access control files


To install FrontPage extensions, select the "Turn FrontPage ON (install)" radio button. A warning message concerning FrontPage restrictions will be displayed.


Since the FrontPage extensions are not compatible with some WebsiteOS features, installing the extensions will disable:




After reading the warning message, click the "Next" button. You will be prompted to set up a FrontPage password. Enter a password in the supplied textbox, and click the "Next" button. If you have no access control file on your domain, the extensions will be installed, and the result of operation will be displayed.


The results of the last operation are always displayed in the "Last Job results" text area at the bottom of the "FrontPage Manager" main page. FrontPage extensions can be removed using the "Turn OFF (uninstall)" option.


If you perform an installation for a domain that has FrontPage extensions already installed, the FrontPage Manager will upgrade the existing extensions.




Installing on domains with access control files


When attempting to install the FrontPage extensions on a domain with access control files, FrontPage Manager finds these files and performs the following operations in order to complete the installation:


  1. Renames the access control file to a temporary name.

  2. An attempt to Turn FrontPage ON (install) is done again. If there are more access files, the second one is found and will be renamed temporarily. This will continue until there is no more access files and the FrontPage extensions are installed.

  3. Returns the access control file(s) to its original name. This will re-SECURE access to this directory.


If the installation process is interrupted or cancelled for any reason before the last step is complete, one or more access control files will become "orphaned". This means that they will not return to their original name. As a result, directories associated with those access files will no longer be secure and can be accessed without any restriction. In this case, the next time you access FrontPage Manager, you will be notified and prompted to either rename the orphaned access control file to its original name or delete it. The latter will result in open access to the associated directory.


To install the FrontPage extensions on a domain with access control files, select the "Turn FrontPage ON (install)" radio button and click the "Next" button.


Since the FrontPage extensions are not compatible with some WebsiteOS features, installing the extensions will disable:



Click the "Next" button to continue. Enter a password in the "Enter a Password" textbox and click the "Next" button. The FrontPage Manager checks for the access control files and prompts you to rename them in order to complete the operation. Read the warning messages and click the "Next" button. This step will be repeated until the last control access file is found and renamed. At this point the extensions are installed and the result of operation will be displayed in the "Results" panel. Click the "Done" button to return to the "FrontPage Manager" main page.




Publishing your website


Now that the FrontPage extensions are installed on your domain, it is time to publish your site. In FrontPage, from the "File" menu choose the "Publish Web" option. You will be prompted to provide a URL to publish your web to. Enter your domain (in the form of "") as the URL. This will publish your web to your domain and place it in the /public directory.


IMPORTANT: If you registered your domain name or changed your domain name’s name servers in the last 24-48 hours, the DNS for your domain name may not have propagated over the entire Internet yet. If you would like to publish your FrontPage site within this time period, you should follow the publishing instructions above, but use the "site preview" URL. For example, if your domain name is and you site preview URL is, your URL should be entered as


After specifying the address to publish to, you have the choice of publishing the entire web, or just the pages that have been changed. If you are publishing for the first time, choose "Publish all pages."


The "Include subwebs" option is for webs that parent multiple webs. If you're not sure if you have subwebs, you probably don't. In this case, leave the box unchecked.




Some important notes