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Advantages for Using FrontPage (Part 2)

By Robin Nobles and Dave Barry
Posted Thursday, June 24, 2004

Another benefit to using FrontPage is being able to create
virtual directories with ease. As you know, when you specify a
home directory, all of the subdirectories beneath the home
directory automatically become subdirectories of the Web site as
well. However, you can also designate a folder located elsewhere
on the system as a subdirectory of the site by creating a virtual
directory out of it. A virtual directory is a directory or folder
on a server that is not in the actual server directory structure.

Again, Dave created a video on how to create virtual directories
using Front Page:


* If you want to create a database, it’s no problem with
FrontPage. It will virtually create a database for you and import
data without any database knowledge at all. The program works
with Access, SQL, Oracle, and ODBC, and you can set up a SEC-
compliant database within 30 seconds and begin working with asp
pages with no prior knowledge whatsoever.

Click here for Dave’s video on how to create a database using


* To Lee Davies of #1 Internet Marketing (http://www.1-internet-, the main advantage to FrontPage is that you can
so easily manage all your html pages from the folders section.

For example, "If you were to rename an image, which is something
that needs to be done when optimizing, it will rename the links
to the images from every page," he explains.

* What I kept hearing again and again as I interviewed users of
FrontPage is that FrontPage saves you time in creating Web pages,
because it’s so easy to use. Don Hammond with DonOMite
( explains,

"Straight HTML pages are a breeze with FP. I know a lot of
programmers scoff at using it, but it means I can crank out a
basic HTML page in seconds rather than minutes. And when I get
paid by the job, it means more $/hr to me."

* Dawn Rowlett with Web Submission Services
( explains further:

"From the first day that I was introduced to FrontPage, I was
instantly able to catch on to some of the many features because
it was so easy to use. I think the most beneficial factor to the
program for me was that I was able to go in and design a page,
knowing nothing at all about HTML. I could include hyperlinks,
tables, images, change colors, backgrounds, insert text, create
paragraphs, etc. with absolutely no background in coding. I was
able to do all of this on my first day with the program!

I remember one time in the beginning when I was involved in a
discussion with a designer who was using another HTML editor and
was completely stuck on the coding of how to create a simple
table. My first thought at the time was, using Front Page, that
is such a simple task."

* Many professional SEO’s also like to use FrontPage because it’s
a program that’s simple enough for their clients to use. So, when
the SEO turns the site back over to the client, the client can
easily make changes with FrontPage without having to know HTML.
As Tom Altman with RSM McGladrey, Inc.
( explains,

"Most of the folks already have the office suite, so they are
used to using Word and the like. FrontPage is not that much
different, and it lets them maintain their own site."

Make FrontPage Work the way YOU Want it to!

At the Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions Resource Kit, you’ll
find links to all of the possible ways to make FrontPage work for
you, instead of the default values after installation.


Take a Free Course in using FrontPage!

Dave Barry at SmartCertify Direct (
created a free course in using FrontPage. Simply register at the
following URL, and take the free course:


In Conclusion

As you’ve seen, some very experienced Web designers and search
engine optimizers use FrontPage as their "editor of choice." Its
ease of use and variety of ready-made templates make it a program
that’s easy for beginners yet has the functionality that advanced
designers need.

It also allows the designer or SEO to get a page designed quickly
and easily, and time adds up to money for a busy SEO.

As Nancy Nelson with Search by Design! ( said,

"Is it a perfect tool? Certainly not, but FrontPage combined with
minor HTML knowledge can take you a long way..."

So FrontPage users, don’t be ashamed to admit that you use
FrontPage! Some of the best Web designers in the industry use it,
with good reason.

Special Thanks to Dave Barry

Dave Barry with SmartCertify created the videos, screen shots,
and free tutorial available in this article. Plus, he gave me the
work arounds for getting rid of extraneous code, and he verified
the accuracy of the content. Thank you Dave ­ there’s no way I
could have created this article without your help.

About the Author
Robin Nobles, Director of Training, Academy of Web Specialists,
( has trained several
thousand people in her online search engine marketing courses
Dave Barry is a professional Webmaster, Web designer, programmer,
and search engine optimizer, all rolled up into one amazingly
talented man who works for SmartCertify Direct.


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