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Advantages/Disadvantages vs FrontPage

Information Technology

San Diego, CA

February 02, 2009

For you converted FrontPage users that took the Expression Web plunge: What features in Expression Web do you love? What features, if anything, from FrontPage do you really miss?

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Brentwood, CA

February 02, 2009

I am probably not a great example, since I used FrontPage many versions ago and dropped it in favor of hand coding html. It was just too cumbersome.


I find Expression Web to be super intuitive and relatively powerful. I have recently opted to use Expression Web in cunjunction with some commercially available templates and I feel like that gives me what I want as far as quality and speed of launch that I need for now. Maybe later I will return to my own designs, but for now I need the speed from idea to launch.

JH

February 02, 2009

I have published my agent site with Frontpage since 1998. I don't want to learn a new program.

Licensed Real Estate Agent

Tampa, FL

February 03, 2009

I have been using FrontPage since 1995 when I put up my first Real Estate Website. I am still using FrontPage's very last version and do not want to go through having to learn and convert all of my many websites... that would be a lot of work. FrontPage is very easy to use and I can do changes and ads to my sites in minutes not hours. I wish Microsoft would reinstate FrontPage to their stable of software.

Tom Scaglione, e-PRO, REALTOR(r)
People's Choice Realty Services, LLC
Tampa Florida
Serving the entire Tampa Bay tri-county area

February 03, 2009

"FrontPage is very easy to use "

Right. Can FrontPage still be purchased somewhere?

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Brentwood, CA

February 03, 2009

I have been using FrontPage since 1995 when I put up my first Real Estate Website. I am still using FrontPage's very last version and do not want to go through having to learn and convert all of my many websites... that would be a lot of work. FrontPage is very easy to use and I can do changes and ads to my sites in minutes not hours. I wish Microsoft would reinstate FrontPage to their stable of software.

Tom Scaglione, e-PRO, REALTOR(r)

Tom, and all,

I want to give you the good news: Expression Web is very much like FrontPage and is actually the next generation of FrontPage. Maybe it would have been better marketing if MS had named it FrontPage The Next Generation.
All of the same tools are there (code view, design view, split view, publish, and more). I am betting that each FrontPage user in this group would be able to start up Expression Web and be instantly comfortable. In fact, Expression Web uses the same FrontPage extensions.
Would love to hear from anyone who has tried to make the change and went back.

Best to all,

JackH

Information Technology

San Diego, CA

February 03, 2009

What Jack said is right on the mark. Expression Web looks and feels very much like FrontPage. The major differences are really "behind the scenes". Microsoft got rid of much of the bloated HTML code that FrontPage was infamous for adding to your site and also got rid of the "web-bots" which often caused trouble for non-I.E. browsers.

If you are interested in a test drive, you can download a free trial here

It will not interfere with your FrontPage, you can run both applications on the same computer.

Information Technology

San Diego, CA

February 03, 2009

To answer Brad's question about purchasing FrontPage - yep, all kinds of vendors will still take your money for FrontPage 2003. Just go to Google, click the 'shopping' link, and type in Microsoft FrontPage. Or you can go to Amazon, Buy.com, NewEgg, whatever vendor you are used to dealing with, and most will have it available.

Although Microsoft no longer supports it, many people still use FrontPage and probably will for some time to come. We have a FrontPage user group recently started on Realtown. If you'd like to share your experiences with the product, or post a question for the group, you can visit here....

February 03, 2009

Thanks, I got a new computer a few months ago. I'm not sure if I can still find my instilation disks. I publish from the old computer. I'm glad to hear that Expression Web looks and feels very much like FrontPage. FrontPage has some clunkiness. For example sometimes the target from one hyperlink gets confused with the next hyperlink. For all these years I have had to insert a line break, construct the new hyperlink, then go back and delete the line break. But after all these years I have all that worked out. But perhaps I should reconsider. I will be looking in on the group and see if I am missing out on anything by holding on to my beloved FrontPage.

I've noticed over the years that all though my level of wisdom has increased to an impressive level :-) I don't catch on the new softwaere with as much enthusiasm as when younger.

Information Technology

San Diego, CA

February 03, 2009

Not a problem Brad, most of us are not getting any younger ;-)

Hopefully, you can find your original FP disk. But if not, as long as you shop around a little, you can likely find an inexpensive copy of FP 2003. Just make sure you get it from a reputable vendor, there's a lot of bootleg software out there.

Or maybe this is a good time to take advantage of the free trial of Expression Web. Just let us know if you have any questions about either application.

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