View Full Version : [ubuntu] Help I'm trapped in Microsoft Frontpage to manage my website

August 24th, 2008, 09:50 PM
I am 3 months into Ubuntu and I am trying not to look back through my old Windows but I need help figuring out how to maintain my website in Ubuntu. I maintain my website www.kartball.com using Microsoft Frontpage 2003 and Expression 2007 on a web server that uses Frontpage extensions. I am tripping and stumbling my way through Kompozer, but I am not able to actually log into my site like I have in the past using Frontpage.

Can anyone please help me?](*,)

August 24th, 2008, 10:15 PM
You may want to see if WINE supports Front Page. If so, that would give you an option.

On a longer term basis, if you are semi-serious about supporting your web site, you may want to start to wean yourself from Front Page with all of its associated baggage and learn how to code in html. Just a thought...:)


August 24th, 2008, 10:29 PM
I agree, hand-coding is the best way to go. Never liked Frontpage. Your hosting company should have some options to switch over to apache, not sure if itll cost ya or not though.

August 24th, 2008, 11:01 PM
most hosting companies have the option to turn front page extensions off (unless you went with the front page only option) so you can use hand coding. If not they should have an option of moving you from FP to Linux hosting (usually cheaper to use linux hosting as well)

August 24th, 2008, 11:26 PM
you could always try Quanta plus on KDE.

August 24th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Try these...

1) Netscape (http://www.netscape.com/) / Mozilla (http://www.mozilla.org/) Composer.
2) Openoffice HTML edito (http://www.openoffice.org/)r.
3) Amaya (http://www.w3.org/Amaya).
4) GINF (Ginf is not Frontpage) (http://ginf.sourceforge.net/)
5) JXHTMLEDIT (http://www.tecnick.com/public/code/cp_dpage.php?aiocp_dp=jxhtmledit) (Java).

August 25th, 2008, 01:09 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I am also looking for a site editor like in frontpage, so far Kompozer appears to be the only on the has a site editor.

Looking into the programs you suggested

August 25th, 2008, 04:24 AM
Hand coding is over-rated IMO. You need to know how the code works, but doing it all by hand is just making work for yourself. A good HTML editor will save you a lot of time, especially on complex sites.

Kompozer is the best native Linux HTML editor, but Dreamweaver 8 runs flawlessly under Wine. Frontpage is a horror show, that writes absolutely appalling HTML. Do yourself a favour and ditch it, asap.

August 25th, 2008, 10:53 AM
Hello jokeronthego,

I know this isnt really the answer you were looking for, but instead of re-inventing the wheel and writing a website yourself, why not install a prepackaged website onto the server? Make sure your web host provides you with a mysql database. I know there are lots of packages out there, although php-nuke http://phpnuke.org/ is the only one that comes to mind right now at 3am. then you can focus on the content and not the engineering of the website.

I am 3 months into Ubuntu and I am trying not to look back through my old Windows but I need help figuring out how to maintain my website in Ubuntu.

August 25th, 2008, 04:46 PM
Front page hung and did not work. Thank's for the suggestion

August 25th, 2008, 05:11 PM
You could use crossover office to run frontpage. although front page is extremely buggy with security holes..I'd reccomend some other editor

August 25th, 2008, 05:14 PM
There is a lot to choose from in Ultamatix...lots!

August 27th, 2008, 02:38 AM
Thanks to everyone who is trying to help me with this issue, currently I have installed dreamweaver 8 under wine and I am trying to get it connected with my webhost. Still having issues logging in using dreamweaver. On a side note, had same issue with dreamweaver under windows XP. Switching webhost, is out of question since I'm getting a pimp deal with them. But thanks.

August 27th, 2008, 02:54 AM
I use a wysiwyg editor in Linux, the one I favor is kompozer

Works great, and I don't have to imagine what my code is going to look like, and it has a source mode so I can get in and hand edit when I need to.

Dump Frontpage when you can, its alright, but its imo designed to keep you stuck.

August 27th, 2008, 03:03 AM
I use Seamonkey's (Mozilla suite) WYSIWYG composer to keep my website up.

If you want to see what crap Frontpage is, try validating one of your webpages (http://validator.w3.org/). It's a real eye-opener.

Meanwhile, everything I've ever published with Seamonkey's Composer has validated.

Even when I go in and tweak the html manually, if I make a mistake, Seamonkey's Composer will correct it.

And publishing's a breeze with any "commander" type FTP clients.

You'll just need to contact your host to have them remove the Frontpage extensions, and then you can re-publish everything fresh.

August 27th, 2008, 03:08 AM
you could try "screem html/xml" editor and "Quanta Plus" is a good choice.

August 27th, 2008, 04:34 AM
GO DREAMWEAVER!!! That's what I use, CS3 Web Premium. I used it to build this site www.nwlabs.net (http://www.nwlabs.net). By far the best web designer I've dealt with. Split view allows you to view the code and design view all at once. I let Dreamweaver write most the basic set up code. I format the page using design view then fine tune it and enter my own code later.

What's your issue with logging on to web host?... Sidenote: Dreamweaver's ftp client is brilliant. Keeps track of changes and uploads necessary files. (and who you hosting with?)