Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sometimes Newer is not Always Better #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop

      Earlier this year, I did something I had said I was going to do for a long time—see if anyone—absolutely anyone—among web hosts supported FrontPage.

      I can hear the tech folks out there right now, laughing their heads off. Still, I was serious. When my, then, current web host quit the FrontPage extensions some years back, they suggested I use FTP. I used one for a few years, even while the web host was pushing me to switch to Word Press. Finally, even the FTP (file transfer protocol) quit moving my update successfully. 

      Okay, I get it. Word Press is what a majority of business web sites are built with, but it’s not that easy to figure out. At least for me. I had earlier heard it was more difficult, and maybe that gave me a bit of a block. Who knows? However, I was told that if I wanted the friendly techs at the web hosting outfit to help me, or do it for me, it was just a low fee. (Now I am laughing!)

      I was also told there were a couple of easier web building platforms and my web host offered them for free. Great! I tried and they didn’t seem that much easier. Besides, the free was for a couple of pages. Seriously? Three pages? For a business?

     So I finally had the bright idea to see if anyone—anyone!—still supported FrontPage. And I found a couple. I picked the one that seemed to have the best reputation and switched my site over to them. The start-up was a bit bumpy at times, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Finally, I (we--their techs were very nice) got it up. Since then, I have realized just how easy it was to fix changes on my web site and load the pages up with FrontPage extensions.

      Don’t get me wrong. At the beginning of this millennium FrontPage was hard for me to pick up, but when I did, it was love! Now I have redone my author site using some “best practices” from one of those online author courses. What bells and whistles I couldn’t add with FrontPage, I built with another service and plunked them onto my pages as jpegs or gifs. And when I’m ready, I just tell my FP to publish the page, put in my password and Bam! It’s there!

      To be honest, I have used the original FrontPage 2000 for almost twenty years. I only recently searched and found a brand new FrontPage 2003 update and loaded it into my computer. It has some nice upgrades from the old dinosaur, but I haven’t diligently looked into them yet. I am just happy to have something that is easy, quick, and doesn’t take me away from the other things that go along with the business of writing—like writing.  

Where there is a will, there is a way. Check out my website and see what you think. 


  1. INteresting. I had not heard of this platform before. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome. And you probably hadn't heard about it because it's so stinkin' old. LOL. I was very disappointed when Microsoft quit supporting it in 2006. But then the old adage is true sometimes with MS. "If it ain't broke, replace it."

  2. Hey Susan, I have no idea what Front Page is but I’m glad you found a way to stick to what you’re comfortable with!

  3. That was interesting. I'd forgotten all about Front Page. I'm going to visit your website!

  4. Front Page rings a small bell for me. I'm happy you found a host. I'm on wordpress, and I don't recommend it, but I can't recommend an alternative. It's not a great situation out there as far as I'm concerned, at least if you don't have a lot of money to drop on a website. Great post!

  5. This is something I truly need to do. I have no website. Only 2 blogs: one about writing and one about camping with the family. If I could only find the time...

    Have a beautiful summer, Susan!

  6. One blog is enough for me, LOL. But the website, I have been told, is a must. My problem has been setting up something that looks someone cozy and friendly, easy to navigate and not hard to maintain. That's why the better solution for me was keeping FP as long as I can.