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The more I've used it, the more I've noticed that some things are simply built into the program and you have no control over them.
Try the db results feature and try editing the HTML or ASP in html mode....it will reset your code regardless of whatever you want to do.
I think they are only there for the use of FP components and such....like in the example above...so that FP can reference some data that is HIDDEN, and will not interfere with its crazy intention of resetting your code...or anything out of the ordinary you may want to do.
Additionally, you could try a program called KISSfp which creates a version of your completed site without all the extra FP stuff so you can then upload a clean, and hence smaller, versions to you host. Might be worth looking into.
But, as I say, that increase seems out of whack, you might want to do some investigation as to what is going on.
a large number of folders and small files can have a disproportionate impact on disk space
It's based upon the cluster size of the disk. A disk with a cluster size of 64K means all files, no matter how small, are at least 64K in size. This can cause small files to eat up a huge amount of space.
What I do with frontpage is edit on my system in normal directories - not web's. The strange FP files and directories are then not needed. I then upload with FTP.
Microsoft is in the process of acquiring the Mattress Police (the enforcement agency that tracks down those people who criminally remove the "Do Not Remove" tags on furniture and mattresses.) As soon as the acquisition is complete, a new division of this organization will begin looking for people who delete the files that Front Page legally and properly installed on their web site. Don't say you weren't warned... ;)
Haven't used FTP since 1996 for uploading sites. Ever since I found out about the Edit Feature in IE, that's all I ever use.
While your working live in your web, you go through the file > import command and browse to files on your local system. First select your web destination, i.e. /images/. Then select the files to upload and FP will seamlessly import and allow you to go on your merry way. I've uploaded 20 and 30MB files in a snap on our T1 or the Cable Modem at home.
Get away from that publishing feature. If you are a sole developer and the only one performing edits, do them live and then you can always FTP a backup to your local system. Keep your webs within the FTP directory on your local system.