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 4 of 6   What Is a FrontPage-Extended Web?

FrontPage works with World Wide Web content by managing FrontPage-extended webs. A FrontPage-extended web contains all the Web pages, graphics, and other files and documents that make up a Web site. Authors create, delete, open, and close FrontPage-extended webs by using FrontPage on a client computer. A FrontPage-extended web can be stored on a remote or local Web server. Using FrontPage, FrontPage-extended webs can be copied from one Web server to another. You can also open and save pages from a FrontPage-extended web by using Microsoft Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office 2000 applications.

Along with its files, scripts, graphics, and other content, a FrontPage-extended web has:

  • A hyperlink map of all its files.
  • A full-text index of all its pages.
  • A persistent structure that authors can create and manipulate.
  • An optional Web theme.
  • A Tasks list containing the tasks needed to complete the FrontPage-extended web.
  • Unique security settings.


Root webs and subwebs

A root web is a FrontPage-extended web that is the top-level content directory of a Web server or, in a multihosting environment, of a virtual Web server. It can have many levels of subdirectories containing its content. There can be only one root web per Web server or virtual Web server.

A subweb is a complete FrontPage-extended web that is a subdirectory of the root web or of another subweb. Subwebs are the FrontPage mechanism for breaking up a Web site so that different areas can be owned and maintained by different people or groups. Each subweb can have many levels of subdirectories.

By using subwebs, finer security granularity is automatic because each subweb maintains separate security settings. An additional benefit of using subwebs is potentially better performance, because the time required to recalculate hyperlinks is directly proportional to the number and size of the documents stored in a single web.

In earlier versions of FrontPage, subwebs could only be created directly below the root web. In FrontPage 2000, subwebs can be created at any level of your content structure, including below another subweb. In large organizations, webs are usually divided into areas that are owned and maintained by different groups in the organization. Being able to nest subwebs as deep as they like gives Webmasters the flexibility to set up their Web sites in a natural, intuitive way that matches the structure of the organization.

Even though subwebs appear below other webs in the Web server's file system and URL space, the content of a subweb is not included in its parent web. An author of a FrontPage-extended web does not automatically have permission to edit any of its subwebs. This separation of content is done by the FrontPage Server Extensions.

URLs of FrontPage-extended webs

FrontPage-extended webs can be implemented on a Web server and accessed by Web browsers as:

  • Private domain names, such as www.mycompany.tld.
  • These are usually implemented as virtual servers on the same physical server machine that uses multihosting.

  • A common or shared domain with private virtual servers, as in www.mycompany.myprovider.tld, where myprovider.tld is a shared domain and www.mycompany is a private virtual server.
  • A URL on an Internet service provider's server machine, as in www.myprovider.tld/mycompany.
  • A URL on an intranet server machine, as in http://frontpage (the root web) or http://frontpage/extensions (a subweb).



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