EdinPhoto Web Site
Technical Problems -
Recent Web Site Problems *
* If you're not
interested in the technical problems, please skip to the paragraphs
in red, below.
For the past seven years, I've used Microsoft's FrontPage web
development package to write and develop the EdinPhoto web site,
and have used Fasthosts to host the site.
Until about ten days ago, all went well, but I found, on September
19, that I was no longer able to publish any more changes to the
web site. I told Fasthosts, who investigated and told me.
(1) FrontPage Server Extensions for the web site, held on
their servers had 'gone down'
(2) They had not been able to get FrontPage Server
Extensions to work again.
(3) The reason for (1) and (2) above was the number of files
that I have on the web site. It is only reasonable to expect
FrontPage Server Extensions to work reliably on sites that have up
to 8,000 files, and I have 83,000 files on my site! So I
should look for a way to develop the site without using FrontPage
Should I start using Expression Web?
After doing some reading and exchanging information through the
OutFront web forum, over the past week, I've decided:
- to move to Expression Web and Cascading Style Sheets
to develop the web site.
- to publish the site using FTP, rather than the
proprietary 'FrontPage Publish' method.
I'm assuming that moving
to Expression Web will be an easier learning curve for me than
moving to Dreamweaver.
Expression Web is really
just a further release of Microsoft's FrontPage program.
However, Microsoft appear to be targeting Expression Web at
professional web designers, rather than amateurs, so Expression
Web has been designed to make more widespread use of industry
standard methods, and some of the features that have been widely
used to date in FrontPage will no longer be available in
Topics to Consider
In particular, I believe
- FrontPage search, guest book, page count and other
features that rely on FrontPage Server Extensions will no
longer be available if the site moves to Expression Web.
(Fortunately, I no longer use use any of these FrontPage
- I'll need to use Expression Web's Cascading Style
Sheets, rather than FrontPage Themes to get the background pages
and the text fonts and colours to appear the way I want them. It
may take me a little while to get these working properly.
- I'll need to upload an add-on program in order to be
able to continue to use the FrontPage 'include page' feature.
I've used 'include pages' throughout my web site, so it is vital
that I find a way of ensuring that they continue to work.
- FrontPage Shared Borders is another feature that
will not be supported Expression Web. I am currently using
FrontPage Shared Borders to provide the links back to the home
page and to other parts of the web site that appear at the top and
bottom of each page. I'm still working on how I might be
able to do that in the future.
Fasthosts (with my agreement) removed my web site from their
servers early yesterday, September 29. So, since then the
site has not been available through the internet. This has
been done to allow me to try to publish the site using FTP, and see what it looks like. I plan to make my first
attempt to do that tomorrow, October 1, but it may take almost a
day for the site to publish, even if all goes smoothly.
Meanwhile, I apologise for any
inconvenience. It's not a situation that I like being in! I
much prefer spending my time on my photography and on updating the
content of my web site, rather that on trying to understand and
fix technical matters!
October 4, 2008
Implementing 4 above appears to have been
The site can now be viewed again on the
Peter Stubbs: September 30, 2008.