About FrontPage Web sites

Applies to
Microsoft Office FrontPage® 2003

You probably know that FrontPage is a Web site design tool. But it has another major role that's important to remember: FrontPage is also a Web site management tool.

How do you use FrontPage to help you manage your site? Here are examples of what you can do:

  • Add, rename, delete, or move around files (without doing it in Microsoft Windows Explorer)
  • Fix problems by using special reports, like the broken hyperlinks report
  • Publish a Web site

The important thing to remember is that these management features are not available when opening and working on single HTML files. They are available only when you open and work on a FrontPage Web site.

What is a FrontPage Web site?

Unlike other Web sites, a FrontPage Web site contains FrontPage-specific information. Like other Web sites, it also contains Web pages, graphics, documents, and multimedia — almost any kind of file you want.

FrontPage Web site

When you open a FrontPage Web site, the Web Site tab appears at the top.

ShowTo create a new FrontPage Web site

  1. On the File menu, click New.
  2. In the New task pane, click One Page Web site.
  3. In the Web Site Templates dialog box, under the General tab, click the Web site template that you want, and then click OK.

ShowTo work in an existing FrontPage Web site

  1. On the File menu, click Open Site.
  2. In the Open Site dialog box, browse to and then click the folder that contains your Web site.

 Note   No folder or site name will appear in the Site name box.

  1. Click Open.

 Note   If the Web site that you are opening is not a FrontPage site, you will be prompted to add FrontPage information to the folder.

ShowTo add FrontPage information to the folder

  • In the Add FrontPage Information to the Folder dialog box, click Yes.

FrontPage metadata is stored in hidden folders and files

FrontPage-specific information is stored in hidden folders and files that support FrontPage-specific functionality. These hidden items are the FrontPage metadata for your site. They are hidden to prevent them from accidentally being deleted, changed, or moved.

This metadata is what FrontPage uses to help you manage your site. It is what makes managing the site possible.

When Windows Explorer is configured to show hidden files and folders, you can see the additional FrontPage metadata folders, like the _vti_cnf folder and the _vti_pvt folder.

The _vti_cnf folder contains information about every file, such as which links are within the file and who modified the file and when. The _vti_pvt folder stores all of the configuration information for the site, for example, which subsites are in the Web site and the permission configurations for the site.

FrontPage Web site in Windows Explorer

The illustration shows what a FrontPage Web site looks like in Windows Explorer when the Show hidden files and folders option is turned on. The two folders at the top contain the FrontPage metadata.

Learn more about creating FrontPage Web sites     To get hands-on training in creating FrontPage Web sites, see Create a Web site with FrontPage. Portions of this content were excerpted from that training course, which is on the Microsoft Office Online Web site.

Applies to:
FrontPage 2003