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The Apache v2 web server, with FrontPage 2002 extensions, is what I run on my system. The FP extensions have been tested with everything from FP98 all to way up to FP2003. And, apart from a very small portion of functions that basically only work on Windows IIS servers, it will do pretty much anything you'll need.

If you have an interest in doing things beyond simple web site management, such as CGI scripting, let me know. These things are possible, but will require some additional preparation on the server and may require you to do some things via Unix login rather than just through FrontPage.

So, why FrontPage and not one of the many other tools out there, you might wonder. Well, the bottom line is it's easy. Beyond that, it can be made to work with secure protocols -- namely HTTPS -- that don't require you to take other manual steps such as tunneling FTP sessions through SSH. If I find a better (and perhaps free!) alternative, I'll certainly give it a go.

Once you have a version of FrontPage installed on your computer, there are two very important pieces of information you'll need to get started with your web site:

  1. Your login. I will exchange this with you directly. This login will have "administrator" rights to your web site. As such, you will have full authority to manage users and passwords for your web site, including the creation of sub-webs. More on security in a bit.
  2. Your URL. In most cases, all of your content will be accessed by a URL like
    www.<your domain>/
    by folks on the Internet. But to ensure that your login is secure, it will be important for you to open your web in FrontPage using
    https://www.<your domain>/
    . You will be prompted by FrontPage to accept a certificate for when you do this, but this is a side effect of how I have SSL configured on the system. If you want to establish your own SSL certificate for your domain, let me know.

One thing to note about FrontPage user administration is that, on Unix, it operates completely separate from regular system administration. What this means is that the fact that your Unix user and password are the same as that for FrontPage is purely coincidence. Since your initial FP login has full administrator rights, you can create new users as you wish, assign them various roles, and even create sub-webs -- see the Server item of the Tools menu. These topics are really more advanced features of FrontPage site management, and are beyond the scope of this page. If you want to know more about it, give me a holler.

Page Updated: Sunday, March 12, 2006