HTML Basics:
Icon: FrontPage Create a Web

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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Much of the power of FrontPage is available only when you group your pages into a web. FrontPage can then add some complex features and can do a lot of site management for you .

A web can be disk-based (contained one of your local disks), or server-based  (contained on a web server). A web server is a computer that feeds web pages and files to the Internet. The server must have special software called FrontPage extensions to run some of FrontPage's useful special features.

A web that is contained in another web is called a subweb. It is useful have subwebs for the parts of the site that are updated by different people, or that are for different departments, or that are about different subjects. You can set different permissions so that only the right people can make changes.

Local server

Your own computer can act as a web server itself, even if you do not use it to actually send out your web pages.


  • Testing pages: Testing through a local server before you publish gives you a better idea of how your pages will hold up. This could save some serious embarrassments!

  • Special features: Using a local server lets you test features that won't work in a disk-based web,  like hit counters and FrontPage Search pages.

To use your local server, you must save your webs to the folder that your server software expects. FrontPage may have installed Microsoft Personal Web Server for you with you installed FrontPage. (Only for Windows 9x/NT) The default folder is c:\wwwroot. If you are on a network, ask your network administrator if there is a web server on the network you can use for testing.

Link: Icon: Off site How to set up a personal web server -for Windows 9x/NT platforms - but not WinXP. You cannot install a web server on a computer running Win XP Home version. Win XP Professional comes with Microsoft Internet Information Server 5.1 (IIS5.1).


When your webs are in the web server's folders, you can use localhost as the name of the server. In the browser's Address box you would type, for example,

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Web

Before you start...

Project 1: Browser BasicsTo subtopics

Project 2: HTML Basics
    HTML CodeTo subtopics
    About HTML
    What You Need
    Code by hand To subtopics
    FrontPage/FPX Arrow - Subtopic open
    Icon: FrontPage FrontPage Arrow - Subtopic open OR FPXTo subtopics
        Formatting Bar
        Standard Bar
        Views Bar
    icon-footprintUsing FrontPage
    icon-footprintText links
    icon-footprintCreate web
    Images in HTMLTo subtopics
    FormattingTo subtopics
    TablesTo subtopics
    ConvertTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics


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Step-by-Step:Create a Web in FrontPage

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What you will learn: to create a new disk-based web
to import existing documents
to use Reports to check links

 Start with:  Class disk, FrontPage is closed.

You would normally want to create your web on your hard disk in the localhost's home folder. For a whole class or more to do this might get really confusing. Too many "Hectors" running around!

For these lessons you will work with a disk-based web on your floppy disk. If you are working on your own computer, by all means, put your disk in the localhost folder! Just remember to adapt the directions for the location that you use.

Create an Empty Web

  1. Open FrontPage.

  2. Button: New | WebClick the New button and choose Web.... The dialog Web Site Templates appears.

  3. Choose Empty Web.

  4. Type in the text box:
    a:\my docs\web\hector
     [Use http://localhost/hector if you are working on your own computer]

    Be sure the checkbox for Add to current Web is not checked.

    Dialog: Web Site Templates - Empty Web selected

  5. Click on OK. FrontPage creates the folder hector in the location you typed and adds in the files it needs to manage the web. There are no pages or images in the web yet.

Import File: Dialog

To include an existing file in the new web you must import it.

  1. Menu: File | ImportIn the new empty web, from the menu choose  File  |  Import . The Import dialog appears for picking what you want to import. It's not a pretty one!


  2. Dialog: ImportClick on the text button  Add File Text button: Add file.... A normal dialog appears called Add file to import list.

  3. Navigate, if necessary, to drive A: and select hector6.htm or type the path
     a:\my docs\web\hector6.htm

  4. Click on OK. You may see a message telling you about the importing.

    Folder List: showing hector6.htm has been importedFrontPage now shows hector6.htm in the Folder List.

    WarningWhen you import a page, any images linked to the page are NOT imported automatically. You must import them yourself.

Now you are ready to continue developing your web site for Hector Chavez. The rest of your work will be inside the web.