Publish your Web sites by using Remote Web Site view

Applies to
Microsoft Office FrontPage® 2003

By using the new Remote Web Site view in FrontPage 2003, you can publish entire Web sites or individual Web pages to any site, local or remote.

  • A local Web site is the source Web site that is opened in FrontPage. This can include, but is not limited to, your desktop or laptop computer.
  • A remote Web site is the destination site you publish to — most likely a remote computer that is hosting your organization's Web server, or a server on your organization's intranet that someone manages.

In FrontPage, remote Web server types that you can publish to include:

You can publish in both directions, moving files easily between the local and remote sites. If for some reason your Web pages are authored from different computers, Remote Web Site view makes it easy for you to target your content to the correct site.

Specify a remote server type and location

Before you can publish your Web site, you must specify a remote Web server type and a remote Web site location.

To obtain a remote Web site location path (URL), contact your Web administrator or Internet service provider (ISP) (ISP: A business that provides access to the Internet for such things as electronic mail, chat rooms, or use of the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational, offering access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region.).

Using Remote Web Site view

You can see the contents of the folders in your Web site in both the Local Web site pane and the Remote Web site pane. You can also use the handy filter list to see only certain groups of files, such as the following:

  • Folder contents
  • Files you want to publish
  • Files you have marked not to publish
  • Files that present a conflict

To indicate the publish status of files, the Remote Web Site view displays icons with descriptive text beside file names in both the Local Web site pane and the Remote Web site site pane.

Remote Web Site view

1. Filter list

2. Files in Local Web site pane with publish status

Publish files and folders to an extended server

A Web site hosted on an extended server will have enhanced functionality when it is published, allowing you to use form handlers and hit counters, for example. FrontPage will also maintain your files and hyperlinks each time you publish the Web site.

In FrontPage, an extended Web server is one that is running FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions from Microsoft or later, Microsoft Windows® SharePoint™ Services, or SharePoint™ Team Services v1.0 from Microsoft.

FrontPage–based Web sites can run on any type of Web server; however, the full functionality of your Web site might not be available unless your site is hosted on an extended server as described above.

Publish files and folders to a server that supports FTP or WebDAV

When you use Remote Web Site view to publish your Web site to a server that supports FTP or WebDAV, you must know the server name as well as your user name and password. If you are unsure about your user name, password, or server location, contact your ISP or Web site administrator.

FrontPage also supports passive FTP, which allows you to publish files and folders from the local Web site to the remote Web site by using the same port (port: One of the network input/output channels of a computer running TCP/IP. On the World Wide Web, it usually refers to the port number a server is running on. One computer can have many Web servers running on it, but only one server can run on a port.) each time. If the server that hosts the remote site specifies a different port each time you publish files and folders to the site, clear the Use Passive FTP check box in the Remote Web Site Properties dialog box.

You can turn on or off source control to manage any updates to your site. This is helpful when several people have access to and can edit the Web content by using FrontPage or even Macromedia Dreamweaver.

  • Source control is on by default if your Web site is hosted by a server running Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services.
  • Source control is off by default if your Web site is hosted by any other Web server.

To learn more about publishing your Web site to an FTP or WebDAV server, see Publish your Web site to an FTP or WebDAV server.

Publish files and folders to a file system

By using Remote Web Site view, you can publish your Web site to a folder on your local file system or to a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path. For example, you can make a backup copy of your entire Web site by publishing it to a new disk-based location, such as C:\Backup.

Publishing files and folders, rather than just copying them, ensures that they maintain their structure and that the FrontPage components on your Web pages will work.

Case scenario: Web designer for a pharmaceuticals company

This scenario describes how a Web designer for a pharmaceuticals company uses Remote Web Site view to update to an extended Web server running Windows SharePoint Services.

Lisa Jacobson is a Web designer for the Animal Health Division at the Contoso Pharmaceuticals company. Lisa collaborates with three subgroups in the division, designs the Web pages, and props and publishes the content. The content is extremely time-sensitive, so it is vital that all information updates be accessible by employees in other Contoso offices around the world.

Using FrontPage Remote Web Site view, Lisa generally publishes these Web pages from her desktop (local site) in her office at Contoso in New York to an extended server running Windows SharePoint Services in the main office (remote site) located in Cambridge, MA.

Lisa can also publish only the files she wants. She controls what she doesn't want published in the Remote Web Site view by marking those files as Don't Publish.

A few times a month, Lisa visits the main office. The staff she supports in New York often contacts her while she is in the main office, requesting that she make time-sensitive changes to the content in the Web pages. Lisa makes the changes to the files directly on the Web server (remote site). After she updates the remote site, she publishes the Web site to update the version on her desktop (the local site).

Like Lisa, you can publish your Web pages in both directions (local or remote) or synchronize both sites by using Remote Web Site view's intuitive user interface. To begin using Remote Web Site view, see the procedures that follow.

Procedures for publishing Web sites by using Remote Web Site view

The procedures that follow enable you to set a remote Web site location, publish files and folders to an extended Web server, an FTP server, a server running WebDAV, or a file system, and synchronize local and remote Web sites.

Set a remote Web site location

  1. On the View menu, click Remote Web Site.
  2. At the top of the document window, click Remote Web Site Properties.
  3. Under Remote Web server type, click the type of Web server that you want to publish your Web site to.
  4. By the Remote Web site location box, click Browse.
  5. Locate and click the remote Web site location that you want, and then click Open.

Publish files and folders to an extended server

ShowSet the remote Web site properties

  1. On the View menu, click Remote Web Site.
  2. At the top of the document window, click Remote Web Site Properties.
  3. On the Remote Web Site tab, under Remote Web server type, click FrontPage or SharePoint Services.
  4. In the Remote Web site location box, type the Internet address, including the protocol, of the remote Web site that you want to publish folders and files to — for example, http://www.example.com — or click Browse to locate the site.
  5. Do any of the following:

To use SSL connections on your Web server, the server must be configured with a security certificate from a recognized certificate authority. If the server does not support SSL, clear this check box. Otherwise, you will not be able to publish folders and files to the remote Web site. If you are not sure whether your Web site supports SSL, check with your Web server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP) (ISP: A business that provides access to the Internet for such things as electronic mail, chat rooms, or use of the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational, offering access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region.).

  • To remove specific types of code from Web pages as they are being published, on the Optimize HTML tab, select the options you want.
  • To change the default options for publishing, on the Publishing tab, select the options you want.
  1. Click OK.

ShowMark files that you do not want to publish

  • In the Local Web site pane, right-click each file that you do not want to publish, and then click Don't Publish on the shortcut menu.

 Important   If your Web site contains a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services document library, list, or survey, it is recommended that you author your Web site directly on a server that is running Windows SharePoint Services.

ShowPublish files and folders to an extended Web server

  1. Under the Remote Web site pane, under Publish all changed pages, click Local to remote.
  2. Click Publish Web site.

 Note   If you stop a publish in progress, files that have already been published will remain on the remote Web site.

Publish files and folders to an FTP server

To publish files and folders in a Web site to a Web server that supports File Transfer Protocol (FTP) (FTP: A communication protocol that makes it possible for a user to transfer files between remote locations on a network. This protocol also allows users to use FTP commands, such as listing files and folders, to work with files on a remote location.), you must open and save a copy of the site to your computer, edit the files and folders in that copy, and then publish the updated files and folders to the server.

Do the following:

ShowSet the remote Web site properties

  1. On the View menu, click Remote Web Site.
  2. At the top of the document window, click Remote Web Site Properties.
  3. On the Remote Web Site tab, under Remote Web server type, click FTP.
  4. In the Remote Web site location box, type the address, including the FTP protocol, of the remote Web site that you want to publish folders and files to — for example, ftp://example.com — or click Browse to locate the site.
  5. If you want to view a specific folder when you connect to the site, in the FTP directory box, type the path to the folder — for example, www/images.
  6. If the server that hosts the remote Web site uses a different port (port: One of the network input/output channels of a computer running TCP/IP. On the World Wide Web, it usually refers to the port number a server is running on. One computer can have many Web servers running on it, but only one server can run on a port.) each time you publish files and folders to the site, select the Use Passive FTP check box.
  7. Do any of the following:
    • To remove specific types of code from Web pages as they are being published, on the Optimize HTML tab, select the options you want.
    • To change the default options for publishing, on the Publishing tab, select the options you want.
  8. Click OK.

ShowVerify and add file name extensions to transfer as ASCII

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the FTP tab.
  3. If the file name extension for the type of file you plan to publish is not in the list, under New Extension, type the file name extension, and then click Add.

 Note   If the file name extension for a file type does not appear in the list, Microsoft FrontPage publishes files of that type in binary format.

ShowMark files that you do not want to publish

  • In the Local Web site pane, right-click each file that you do not want to publish, and click Don't Publish on the shortcut menu.

ShowPublish files and folders to Web server that supports FTP

  1. Under the Remote Web site pane, under Publish all changed pages, click Local to remote.
  2. Click Publish Web site.

 Note   If you stop a publish in progress, files that have already been published will remain on the remote Web site.

Publish files and folders to a WebDAV server

To publish files and folders in a Web site to a Web server that supports Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) (WebDAV: An application protocol for publishing and managing files on the World Wide Web. It provides support for storing information about a file, so authors can change a file and its properties without overwriting other changes to that file.), you must open and save a copy of the site to your computer, edit the files and folders in that copy, and then publish the updated files and folders to the server.

Do the following:

ShowSet the remote Web site properties

  1. On the View menu, click Remote Web Site.
  2. At the top of the document window, click Remote Web Site Properties.
  3. On the Remote Web Site tab, under Remote Web server type, click WebDAV.
  4. In the Remote Web site location box, type the Internet address, including the protocol, of the remote Web site that you want to publish folders and files to — for example, http://www.example.com — or click Browse to locate the site.
  5. Do any of the following:

To use SSL connections on your Web server, the server must be configured with a security certificate from a recognized certificate authority. If the server does not support SSL, clear this check box. Otherwise, you will not be able to publish folders and files to the remote Web site. If you are not sure whether your Web site supports SSL, check with your Web server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP) (ISP: A business that provides access to the Internet for such things as electronic mail, chat rooms, or use of the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational, offering access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region.).

  • To remove specific types of code from Web pages as they are being published, on the Optimize HTML tab, select the options you want.
  • To change the default options for publishing, on the Publishing tab, select the options you want.
  1. Click OK.

ShowMark files that you do not want to publish

  • In the Local Web site pane, right-click each file that you do not want to publish, and then click Don't Publish on the shortcut menu.

ShowPublish files and folders to a Web server that supports WebDAV

  1. Under the Remote Web site pane, under Publish all changed pages, click Local to remote.
  2. Click Publish Web site.

 Note   If you stop a publish in progress, files that have already been published will remain on the remote Web site.

Publish files and folders to a file system

ShowSet the remote Web site properties

  1. On the View menu, click Remote Web Site.
  2. At the top of the document window, click Remote Web Site Properties.
  3. On the Remote Web Site tab, under Remote Web server type, click File System.
  4. In the Remote Web site location box, type the address of the remote Web site that you want to publish folders and files to — for example, C:\My Web Sites\Web Site 1 if the location is on your computer or \\MyNetworkShare\My Web Site if the location is on a file server — or click Browse to locate the site.
  5. Do any of the following:
    • To remove specific types of code from Web pages as they are being published, on the Optimize HTML tab, select the options you want.
    • To change the default options for publishing, on the Publishing tab, select the options you want.
  6. Click OK.

ShowMark files that you do not want to publish

  • In the Local Web site pane, right-click each file that you do not want to publish, and then click Don't Publish on the shortcut menu.

ShowPublish files and folders to a file system

  1. Under the Remote Web site pane, under Publish all changed pages, click Local to remote.
  2. Click Publish Web site.

 Note   If you stop a publish in progress, files that have already been published will remain on the remote Web site.

 
 
Applies to:
FrontPage 2003