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Courses - Microsoft FrontPage 101
Description: Introduction to Microsoft FrontPage
Running Time: 95 minutes
Pre-Requisites: Windows 101 recommended
Windows 102 or Windows 110 recommended
Word 101 helpful
Student should know how to use (browse) the Web
We use FrontPage XP in this course, but the lessons are valid for all versions of FrontPage from 2000 to 2003.
This is the perfect class for anyone who knows nothing about building Web pages, or has used FrontPage to build or edit some simple Web sites, but needs to learn how to build a Web site properly. We will take you from knowing nothing to building a full fledged company Web site from scratch (without the wizards) in a about an hour and a half. Yes, this course runs a little longer than our usual hour. It was tough to cut anything out of this one!

We'll start off by talking about what FrontPage is, what it does, and why you should use it. We'll give you a good foundation of terms and definitions.  We'll talk about the Web, networks, HTML, hyperlinks, URLs, domain names, and so on.

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Next, we'll spend some time discussing Web site planning. I'll share with you my seven steps for creating a good web site. We then show you how to start Microsoft FrontPage, and go over the different parts of the screen: the title bar, the tool bars, the menu bar, the page area, the views bar, and so on.

We'll next begin by creating a new Web. We'll build an actual Web site for a fictional company. You can see this actual Web site at Yes, this is a the REAL Web site we build in this class. Sure, it's pretty basic, but keep in mind that we built it in about an hour of class. Imagine what you'll be able to do after a couple of classes.

We'll build a home page. We'll create our own navigation bar with hyperlinks. I personally hate FrontPage's built-in navigation bars, so we'll create our own from scratch. I'll show you how to format your pages to make them look professional - using colors, fonts, horizontal lines, and so on.

Next, we'll show you how to create a template page that you can save and reuse for creating other, new pages. We'll show you how to work with multiple pages in your web. We'll learn how to rename pages. We'll edit our new pages to make them fit into our Web.

Lesson seven is all about hyperlinks. We'll show you how to create mail links, web page links to other sites, and links to other pages within your own site. We'll make our navigation bar come to life with hyperlinks. We'll also show you how to make custom external hyperlinks.

The next lesson covers adding graphics to your Web. We'll start off simple by inserting some clipart that comes with FrontPage. We'll show you the pictures toolbar. We'll teach you how to position clipart images absolutely on the page, so they don't push the text out of the way. We'll teach you how to take your own graphics and images and insert them into your Web.

We'll show you how to save graphics in your Web. We'll talk about the images folder, and how to move files into them. We'll also teach you how you can "borrow" images from other Web sites to include in your own. Finally, we'll show you how to perform a screen capture to grab any image on your screen to drop into your pages.

Lesson nine will teach you how to publish your Web from your local computer up to the Internet. We'll talk about registering your domain name, setting up Web hosting service, and what you need to do to get started. We'll discuss FrontPage Server Extensions. We'll go over our published Web site, and show you how to publish only changed pages.

Finally, we'll talk about Web site design considerations. We'll bestow upon you many ideas, tips, and tricks from our years in the Web design business. This lesson alone is worth the cost of the course!


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Richard on 1/1/2007:  This is the perfect class for anyone who knows nothing about building Web pages, or has used FrontPage to build or edit some simple Web sites, but needs to learn how to build a Web site properly. We will take you from knowing nothing to building a full fledged company Web site from scratch (without the wizards) in a about an hour and a half. Yes, this course runs a little longer than our usual hour. It was tough to cut anything out of this one!
leroy diaz on 4/26/2008: Hi Rich,

I have been searching throught these lessons for how you can get the "Hover Button" to show when i View it on the web. But when i get on the web it has a box with an "x" (another words, It's not show ing at all) how do i get it to show on my web page...I now you have discussed this in one of these lessons...

Richard Rost on 4/29/2008: Hover Buttons are covered in FrontPage 102. If you're getting nothing but a red "X" in the box it could be because your FrontPage Server Extensions aren't installed (or working properly)... or if you used an IMAGE for your Hover Button and the image is missing or bad.
 Ursa on 3/25/2009: Since Frontpage is not really used too much anymore, can this class help with Microsoft Expression?
Sean Moscovita on 3/27/2009: I was doubtfull as to the relevence of the lessons as they are a little old, However having no real experience I have found them to be infomative pulling together the little I have picked up and introducing some new and simple lessons. I look forward to taking the next lesson.
Richard Rost on 4/1/2009: Ursa, I still use Frontpage a lot. Even though I have Expression Web installed on my "main" work PC, I find that I have to go back to Frontpage often because Expression tends to muck up my old web pages with lots of CSS styles that I don't want. Will my Frontpage classes help with Expression? Sure... but there are a lot of differences between the two. Look for an Expression class soon.
charles rogers on 1/6/2010: i have frontpage 2003 0n windows vista. does this create any problems or issues ?
Richard Rost on 1/15/2010: Charles, I'm not aware of any incompatibilities between Vista and FP2003.
Oscar on 7/13/2010: Hi everyone, I am creating a database and I want to use the web browser as in the front with Access in the back to hold the data, but I am having problem with connecting the web browser to the database.
Can anyone help me though this? I will be grateful.
Thanks for your assistance.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Oscar, I've got an entire seminar based on this. It's not something quick that I can just answer in the forums. See this web database seminar for details.

EL on 9/22/2011: Hi everyone.
You can also select the web page and press F2 to rename it.

EL on 9/22/2011: How can I get clip organizer in Microsoft Expression Web?

EL on 9/22/2011: Where is the position absolutely button in Microsoft Expression Web?

 Marek on 3/17/2012: How do I connect my access customer database to the contact us form?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Connecting your Access database to your FrontPage Web is the topic of SEVERAL more advanced classes. My Web Database Seminar explains it in detail.

 Thomas Bazakas on 5/17/2012: I can't find the Microsoft Front page in my Windows XP!

Reply from Richard Rost:

Did you buy it? It doesn't come WITH Windows. It's a separate program that comes with some editions of Microsoft Office 2000 to 2003 (Pro, I believe). If you bought it and installed it it should be on your Start menu.

Thomas Bazakas  on 5/18/2012: my computer have Windows XP 2002 and Microsoft Office 2007 but I can't find the FrontPage

Reply from Richard Rost:

FrontPage did not come with Office 2007. I believe 2003 was the last version that included it. Now Microsoft has "Expression Web" which is basically the new name for FrontPage.

Vannak Hou on 1/6/2013: Is your e-mail still at Just curious ...this is an old recording one.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Nope. That email address has been gone for years. The BEST way to reach me is the Customer Service Contact Form on the web site. However, if you must email me, you can use or

Alonzo Dock on 11/11/2013: Where can I get Microsoft FrontPage XP and will Expression web work for this class

Reply from Richard Rost:

Microsoft no longer sells or supports FrontPage. Yes, Expression Web (which is FREE) will work with 90% of this class material. I plan on updating the course for Expression in the near future. You'll get a free upgrade when I do.

Lester Lange on 8/22/2014: I have windows 8.1 and it doesn't look like I have front page. I didn't realize I needed it. what do you suggest.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Download Microsoft Expression Web. It's very similar to FrontPage and it's FREE.

Alonzo Dock on 11/23/2014: how do I link between different parts of the same web page.

Reply from Alex Hedley:

You can use an a link

<a name="name">Data</a>

Or give give an element an ID
<P ID="name">
Add your text

Then link to it
<a href="#name">LINK</a>


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