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NetCulture is proud to support Microsoft FrontPage extensions.

This is a Virtual Server option which replaces the standard way of web administration. Whilst FrontPage provides some excellent extensions to the normally available server side operations, it also has some drawbacks. Once changed, there is no way to administer the account by telnet or ftp. Below are some questions and answers which all our clients should read before making the choice of using FrontPage.

Q : What benefits will I get from using FrontPage as my web administration tool ?
A : Two of the major benefits are listed below :-

FrontPage takes care of 'web publishing', this means that it replaces the traditional way of using an 'ftp' client to transfer files. Once your web is ready to be updated, you can then simply connect to the Internet and instruct FrontPage to update the server. Any files which are out of date will then be overwritten with the files from your local machine.

There are a number of built in 'cgi' type tools called 'web bots'. These programs take care of things like form processing to file, discussions and free text searching. These are simple to create in FrontPage and are a good tool for the less experienced web administrator.

For further information, please check the Microsoft FrontPage web site.

Q : Can I modify my 'www' directory using 'ftp' or 'telnet' after it is converted to use FrontPage ?
A : When your virtual domain is converted to use the FrontPage extensions, the ownership of the files is changed. This therefore means that you will no longer be able to access this directory. The reason for this is that all rights on the files need to be made available to, and only to, the web server software. This then ensures that the synchronisation between FrontPage on your machine and the server is guaranteed. Once the conversion takes place, administration can ONLY be done using FrontPage.

Q : What about my old 'cgi' programs, will they work as before ?
A : Yes. Only your 'www' sub-directory will be inaccessible by ftp or telnet. You can carry on using any cgi programs in your 'cgi-files' directory. These should be administered in the normal way using 'ftp' / 'telnet'.

Q : Which versions of FrontPage can be supported ?
A : The extensions loaded onto our servers are version 4. These should be backwardly compatible with earlier versions of FrontPage and also the FrontPage 2002 package. The Macintosh version is also supported by our server extensions.

Q : What is the cost involved in moving to FrontPage ?
A : There is quite an amount of work involved in modifying a domain to use FrontPage, we have managed however to keep the transfer charge quite low. The cost in adding or removing FrontPage extensions from an account is €30.50.

Q : If I want to change to FrontPage on an existing account, what is involved ?
A : If you are sure that you wish to convert to FrontPage administration on your account, then modification is quite straight forward. Simply send through a copy of our request form by fax to NetCulture on +33 (0)1 55 21 47 24, indicating that you would like to change. Please note that the signature on the request should be the same as the one on the initial contract. Once the fax is sent, please do not make any changes to your account until notified by e-mail that the modification has been made.

The request form for conversion to FrontPage is available here.


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