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FrontPage Alternatives


In 2006 Microsoft stopped support for its very popular website builder called Front Page and the associated Front Page Extensions. We have maintained the extensions on our servers because many of our customers still used Front Page. Over time the demand for Front Page extensions has diminished. In order to keep our servers secure and using the most current software we will be removing Front Page Extensions from our servers.

If you have been using Front Page to build your sites you have a few options available to you. This article will discuss some of those options.

Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft has a newer website building platform called Expression Web. It is available to download for free directly from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179


WordPress is a very popular website builder. Instead of running on your computer it is installed on the server and you manage your website completely online. It makes the website process easier by not having to buy software to run on your computer and then having to publish your files from your computer to the server. It also has a wide selection of templates and the ability to customize your site through plugins.

To get started with WordPress you can go here HostMonster.com/hosting/help/wordpress

WordPress will not be able to edit your existing Front Page website. Instead you will be making a new site that will replace your existing site. However you should be able to copy elements like text and images off the existing site into your WordPress site.


HostMonster offers the Weebly website builder within the cPanel. You can find it under the website builders section in your account. It has a simple drag and drop visual interface and features such as professionally designed templates, contact forms and media galleries. Because its already on your account you won't have to deal with complicated publishing settings.

Weebly will not be able to edit your existing Front Page website. You will be required to make a new site in Weebly. However you should be able to copy elements like text and images off the existing site into your Weebly site.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

If you choose not to use software like WordPress or Weebly you may find that in order to publish your site you will need FTP access. The following help article explains how to setup FTP; HostMonster.com/hosting/help/ftpaccounts

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