Front Page 2003 for Dummies

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* Discusses creating a basic site design, working with text, effectively using hyperlinks, and adding images and graphics.
* Explains working with tables, forms, and frames.
* Explores adding multimedia elements like sound and animation.
* Updated to include the newest tools in FrontPage.
* Previous four editions have combined to sell more than 230,000 copies.

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Overview

* Discusses creating a basic site design, working with text, effectively using hyperlinks, and adding images and graphics.
* Explains working with tables, forms, and frames.
* Explores adding multimedia elements like sound and animation.
* Updated to include the newest tools in FrontPage.
* Previous four editions have combined to sell more than 230,000 copies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764538827
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/6/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Asha Dornfest is an author and trainer who has guided thousands of users to FrontPage proficiency. She's been designing Web pages since the infancy of the Internet.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Weaving a FrontPage Web Site 9
Ch. 2 Basic Web Page Tasks 27
Ch. 3 Web Design Fundamentals 47
Ch. 4 Tweaking Your Text 55
Ch. 5 Getting Your Visitors from Here to There with Hyperlinks 81
Ch. 6 You Oughta Be in Pictures 115
Ch. 7 Arranging Information Inside Grid Tables 147
Ch. 8 Forms Aren't Only for the IRS 163
Ch. 9 Layout Tables: The Secret of Professional Page Design 197
Ch. 10 Creating a Flexible Site Layout with Frames 215
Ch. 11 Adding Graphical Pizzazz with Themes 231
Ch. 12 With Web Components, Who Needs a Programmer? 241
Ch. 13 Eye-Popping Extras: Multimedia and Dynamic HTML Behaviors 263
Ch. 14 A Gentle Introduction to FrontPage HTML Tools 283
Ch. 15 Web Site Management 101 297
Ch. 16 Streamlining Site Updates with Dynamic Web Templates 315
Ch. 17 Making Your Worldwide Debut 329
Ch. 18 Ten FrontPage Add-Ins to Try 345
Ch. 19 Ten Web Sites Worth a Closer Look 351
Index 355
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First Chapter

Front Page 2003 For Dummies


By Asha Dornfest

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-7645-3882-9


Chapter One

Weaving a FrontPage Web Site

In This Chapter

* Understanding Web publishing

* Creating a new Web site

* Using FrontPage to work with an existing Web site

* Opening and closing a FrontPage Web site

* Deleting a Web site

* Exiting FrontPage

With so many people jumping on the Web publishing bandwagon, you can easily feel like you've been left in the dust. Just a few years ago, many of us used our computers as glorified typewriters and calculators. Today, regular folks are hitching the dusty old desktop machine to a modem or network connection and are cranking out publications with worldwide impact. What happened?

The World Wide Web happened. Now that the Web is part of everyday life, computers are no longer isolated islands of correspondence, recipes, and personal finance records. Your computer can now hook you into a world of information and communication possibilities. The writing's on the wall: The Web is here to stay, and everybody who's anybody wants to be a part of the excitement.

So where does that leave you? If you're edging your way into the dot-com world (or being dragged in, kicking and screaming, by your employer or your kids), you're in for a pleasant surprise: With a little help, creating a Web site with FrontPage 2003 is easy and fun.

In this chapter, you get your feet wet with FrontPage. You fire up the program and getstarted on a new Web site. You find out how to import an existing Web site into FrontPage, and how to open, close, and delete Web sites.

Exactly What Is Web Publishing?

Before you hang your shingle as a FrontPage Web publisher, it helps to understand what you're actually doing when you create and publish a Web site.

No doubt, you've already seen a Web site. Web sites are the places you visit as you make your way around the World Wide Web. Some folks refer to their Web sites as their home pages. FrontPage often refers to Web sites simply as sites. As a book is made up of individual pages, a Web site is made up of individual files called Web pages. Web pages contain the text, pictures, and other content you see when you visit a Web site.

As you construct a Web site, you create Web pages and then string the pages together using hyperlinks. Hyperlinks are the highlighted words and pictures inside the page that visitors can click to jump to a different location, page, or Web site. Hyperlinks can also initiate a download or pop open an e-mail window.

After your site is complete, you publish it. In other words, you make the site visible to the rest of the world on the World Wide Web (or, if you're working on an internal company site, the company's intranet). This isn't automatic. For a Web site to be live, you must transfer the site's files from your computer to a Web server, a host computer that runs special Web server software and that's connected to the Internet 24 hours per day.

If you're working on an intranet site, the publishing process is similar, except that only those with a password to access the intranet can view your site. An intranet is an internal company network based on the same type of technology as the Internet, with access restricted to people within that company. Intranet sites generally contain information useful to company insiders, such as policies, collaborative tools, and department announcements.

Many people gain access to a host Web server by signing up for an account with an Internet service provider (or ISP) that makes Web server space available to its users. Others use a Web server maintained by their workplace or school. Yet another option is to sign up with one of the many hosting companies that offer server space for free (see Chapter 17 for pointers to some of these companies).

Creating Your First FrontPage Web Site

If you read the previous section of this chapter, you have a general idea about how Web publishing works. You don't need more than a fuzzy sense at this point - the process will become clearer as you tinker with FrontPage. And what better way to get started than to create your first Web site?

If this feels like getting thrown into the deep end before learning to swim, relax. As you get acquainted with FrontPage, you can change any aspect of your Web site or just delete the Web site and start over.

To create your first FrontPage Web site, follow these steps:

1. Launch FrontPage by choosing Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 from the Start menu. (The exact location of the FrontPage icon depends on choices you make when installing FrontPage and on the version of Windows you have on your computer.)

FrontPage launches. Your screen should look like Figure 1-1. A new, blank Web page named new_page_1.htm appears in the program's main window with its cursor blinking patiently.

(If this is the very first time you're launching FrontPage, a dialog box appears encouraging you to activate your program. You can click the Cancel button to make the dialog box disappear for now, but it will pop up again each time you launch FrontPage. Sooner or later, you'll have to take the extra few seconds to activate FrontPage; just follow the directions in the dialog box when the time comes.)

2. Insert some text into the page - that is, start typing.

3. On the Standard toolbar near the top of the FrontPage window, click the Save button.

The Save As dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 1-2. The dialog box prompts you to save your new Web page in the My Web Sites folder (which is located inside the My Documents folder on your hard drive). When you installed FrontPage, the Setup program created the My Web Sites folder as the default saving location for your FrontPage Web sites.

Note: If you share a computer with other people and use the Windows system of users and passwords to maintain separate settings, the My Documents folder is located inside the Documents and Settings folder, in a subfolder identified by your user name. 4. Don't change the default filename (index) visible in the dialog box's File Name text box.

Most Web servers look for the file named index to identify the Web site's default page, also known as the site's home page.

When you save the page, FrontPage automatically adds the .htm extension to the filename. I talk more about how to name Web pages in Chapter 2.

5. To change the page title, click the Change Title button.

The Set Page Title dialog box appears.

6. In the dialog box's Set Page Title text box, enter a new title.

Choose a title that describes the content and purpose of the page (something like My First Web Site: Home Page). In Chapter 2, I go into more detail about how to choose a good page title.

7. Click OK to close the Set Page Title dialog box.

The Save As dialog box becomes visible again.

8. Click the Save button.

The Save As dialog box closes, and FrontPage saves the page. If it's not already visible, the Folder List appears and displays a list of the folders and files that make up your first Web site (see Figure 1-3).

Congratulations - you've just laid the groundwork for your first FrontPage Web site! From here, you can do one of three things:

  •   Add more content - text, pictures, and anything else you want to display in your Web site - to the page you just started. The chapters in Part II show you how.
  •   Fill out your Web site with more new Web pages. I explain how to create new pages in Chapter 2.
  •   Set your first Web site aside and create a completely new Web site (read on for details).

Creating Additional Web Sites

When you're ready to go beyond the initial site you created when you first launched FrontPage, you're at the point where the program confuses many folks. After all, the notion of creating a new Web site before creating individual Web pages seems backward. Surely one must first create the pages, then "bind" those pages together to form a site, right?

Not exactly. FrontPage prompts you first to create a Web site, and then to fill the site with the pages and other files that make up the site's content. This sequence of events makes sense when you know what the program is doing behind the scenes. For FrontPage, the first step in creating a new Web site is creating a folder and earmarking it as the future storage location for all the pages and files that will make up the site. After FrontPage creates that folder, the program is ready for you to begin work building your Web site, whether that's by creating new Web pages, importing existing pages from another location, or whatever. (I discuss the nitty-gritty of site-building in future chapters; I mention this now only to familiarize you with the big-picture workings of FrontPage.)

When you're ready to create a new Web site, FrontPage provides you with a comfortable balance of direction and flexibility. If you want help getting started, use a Web site template or wizard to crank out a boilerplate Web site, complete with linked pages, to which you add your own text and graphics. If you bristle at the prospect of an off-the-rack Web site, you can easily build your own site from scratch.

Creating a Web site by using a template or wizard

Templates lay the groundwork for "canned" Web sites you can customize to suit your own needs. Admittedly, sites created with FrontPage templates lack the flair of custom-designed Web sites, but if you're not sure where to begin, they give you a good place to start.

FrontPage comes with four templates:

  •   Customer Support Web Site: This site is geared toward companies who want to provide Web-based product support. Site visitors can read product news, have questions answered, brainstorm with other users, view catalogs, and more.
  •   Personal Web Site: Use this template to jump-start your personal home page. This template contains space for a photo collection, personal information, and a list of favorite sites.
  •   Project Web Site: This site tracks the status of a project and includes space for project team members, status reports, schedules, an archive, a search form, and a discussion forum.
  •   SharePoint Team Site: Sites created with this template (as well as the templates visible in the Packages tab of the Web Site Templates dialog box) must be published on a host server that supports SharePoint Services. I briefly discuss SharePoint in Chapter 17.

A wizard takes you through the site-creation process by presenting you with a series of dialog boxes that prompt you to select different options. FrontPage comes with wizards for its most elaborate Web site templates:

  •   Corporate Presence Wizard: The Corporate Presence Wizard sets up a corporate Web site complete with graphics. Depending on the options you choose, the site may contain anything from a product catalog to a discussion forum to company contact information.
  •   Discussion Web Wizard: The Discussion Web Wizard creates an interactive site where visitors post comments and read others' replies about a given topic.

FrontPage comes with two additional wizards: the Import Web Site Wizard and the Database Interface Wizard. I introduce you to the Import Web Site Wizard later in this chapter.

The Database Interface Wizard helps you hitch your site to a Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle database. The implications are powerful: Visitors can add to or change database records using their Web browsers, and much more.

FrontPage contains other tools for working with databases as well; however, creating database-driven Web sites with FrontPage is an intermediate-to-advanced task and goes beyond the scope of this book. Fortunately, the FrontPage Help system contains detailed instructions about working with databases, including the system requirements for the host server. To access Help, press F1.

To create a new Web site by using a template or wizard, follow these steps:

1. With FrontPage running, choose File[right arrow]New.

The task pane appears at the right of the FrontPage window, as shown in Figure 1-4. The contents of the task pane change depending on what you happen to be doing. Because you just asked FrontPage to help you create a new Web site, the task pane displays its array of New Page and New Web Site tools and shortcuts.

2. In the task pane's New Web Site section, click More Web Site Templates.

The Web Site Templates dialog box appears.

Quick shortcut for next time: On the Standard toolbar, click the downward-pointing arrow next to the Create a New Normal Page button. From the menu that appears, choose Web Site. This action pops you straight into the Web Site Templates dialog box.

3. In the dialog box's General tab, click the template or wizard you want to use.

4. In the Specify the Location of the New Web Site text box, enter the location of the new Web site, or click the Browse button to choose a location from a folder list.

By default, FrontPage saves new Web sites inside a subfolder of the My Web Sites folder (which is located inside the My Documents folder, generally on the C drive). To save the Web site in a different folder on your hard drive or local network, enter the folder's file path. If you're not sure how file paths work, refer to the sidebar "File path 101," later in this chapter.

If you click the Browse button in this step, the New Web Site Location dialog box appears. In this dialog box, navigate to the location in which you want FrontPage to create the new site, and then click the Open button. The dialog box closes, and the Web Site Templates dialog box becomes visible again. The path to the location you chose appears in the Specify the Location of the New Web Site text box.

If you save your new Web site inside a folder that already contains files, the files themselves are not affected, but FrontPage treats the files as part of the new Web site. If, however, you choose a folder that already contains a FrontPage Web site, FrontPage prompts you to choose a different location.

Note: To keep your Web site distinct (and your hard drive well organized), I recommend saving the site in its own unique folder.

5.

Continues...


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    Not very enlightening

    This book is totally disjointed. The author will introduce a topic but, before developing it, tell the reader that she'll explain later how it (method, procedure, &c) should be accomplished. This infuriating tactic happens repeatedly thereby making it impossible to learn anything. I also suspect that the author does not fully grasp the underlying theoretical concepts of FrontPage (or HTML) enough to provide the reader much more than a blind how-to guide--never quite answering the 'why'.

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