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Using Actinic Catalog with Microsoft Frontpage



1:39 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have a website built using Microsoft Frontpage. My new web hosting company has set my account up with Frontpage extensions added. I note that Actinic needs a cgi-bin in order to work. Can I use it with Frontpage therefore which just uploads direct to web?


2:11 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Actinic has it's own upload facility so you need to let it upload via it's own system.

You can however identify some of the Actinic templates to modify within frontpage/dreamweaver etc but just be careful that none of the actinic comment tags get deleted.

Actinic does indeed need a cgi-bin for all the perl scripts to execute, but this is a pretty standard feature with hosting providors. You'll need to find out where the cgi-bin is on your account so you can enter this information into Actinic.

I would always advise making a backup copy of any Actinic files before editing them in any way or even opening them with an html editor.


2:14 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The two really have very little to do with each other in this scenario.

Actinic is a whole other can of worms. The basis of Actinic is an .mdb (MS Access) database, and a bunch of perl scripts.

You will have built your marketing site in FP, and if your hosting account now has FP extensions, that should work nicely. Actinic requires user-writable CGI access, and has some fiddly permissions that need setting up (we've just completed a project using Actinic, and have done this with the guy who provides most of our custom hosting). You may wish to consider specialist Actinic hosting for that part of the site. It took us about 2 days of tweaking to get our server doing what we wanted

To make changes to your Actinic site, you need to use the Actinic desktop app. FP uploads don't really come into it. Does that more or less cover your question?


2:38 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I can recommend Clara Net for good actinic hosting. They are Actinic accredited and it was sorted with minimal fuss.


2:41 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys, I think that's a little clearer. I need to contact my ISP for the path to the cgi bin. Why I'm so confused is because with my previous host I FTP'd using Terrapin and was able to create the cgi-bin for Actinic. I set up the back-office in conjunction with the ISP and all was good.

I'm currently experiencing problems with Terrapin and the marketing site because it's got so big. It can't report on unused files because there are over 1000 and so occasionally there are little bits missing from the frame etc. making it look ropey. Taking the opportunity to change the upload method along with my ISP, I figured if I use FP for uploading, it would catch all the site.

I'm struggling here because all I do with FP uploading is put in the web address, light blue touchpaper and retire and I can't see the settings that are appropriate for Actinic.


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