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4:30 pm on Sep 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I was hoping to purchase Frontpage 2003, but now I see Expression Web is out.

My question is:

If I use Expression Web-will it blow up my current Frontpage files, or does it transition easily?

7:19 pm on Sept 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It will transition easily. In fact, and for reasons I do not know, WE will install along side FP, not overwrite it, so you will have the benefit of both. The only thing is EW will view any site you open for the first time in it as a new site, so it may want to republish all the pages.

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p.s. And the only way you would find FP2003 is on ebay or the like.

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Thank you. The requirement of republishing all my pages to Expression was another concern. But since it works along side the old, that can help make the transition a little easier.
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Are you using any of the Frontpage webbots that require FPSE? If not, then you should be fine. You can still publish with http to help maintain your FPSE but I have gone back and forth with a few sites - opening them in Expression Web and Frontpage with no problems

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No I'm not using any of the FBSE web bots. I've been reading up on CSS, and I can definitely see the benefits it can give my site, especially with maintenance.
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Does EW use any sort of "publish" function, or is it straight FTP?
11:40 pm on Oct 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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EW will publish using http or ftp.

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1:26 am on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I guess what I'm asking is, does EW publish in the same sense that FP publishes (compare publish dates, remove non-existant files, etc.) or does it simply upload files?
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Same as FP :)

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2:33 am on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Groovy!
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"will it blow up my current Frontpage files"

It did to mine, but I was able to fix it in a few minutes. The problem was that EW by default saved a page in utf-8, while all the pages saved in FrontPage were saved in iso-8859-1. The FrontPage file (iso-8859-1) that had an include of the utf-8 page certainly stopped working.

So, just make sure you watch out for page encoding.

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The problem was that EW by default saved a page in utf-8

Simply change the default doctype and encoding settings before opening or creating a web.

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5:33 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Simply change the default doctype and encoding settings before opening or creating a web.

Ha! That's easy to say, but I bet I'm not the only person who had an important web page stop working because EW does things differently.

I am happy using EW, but I consider that the setup program did not prompt me with a warning of such a change to be bad form, to put it mildly.

 

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