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Microsoft Front Page Extensions

Many users of Microsoft's Front Page Web Authoring package ask if we have the Front Page "extensions" installed on our Web server.

The short answer is "no".

There are a number of reasons why we have chosen not to install the Front Page extensions.

  • There are known security issues with running these extensions.
  • This page discusses more recent security problems.
  • The extensions written for the Apache Web Server (like ours) are not compatible with the way our web server is configured. This has to do with the way certain programs are run on the Web Server and how certain directories and web addresses are structured.
  • If the extensions were installed, they require the web server to be restarted every time a Front Page user changes their web site. This puts an unnecessary load on the web server.

Even though we do not run the extensions, that does not prevent you from using Front Page for authoring your web pages. The extensions are only one part of the total Front Page package. The web page editor is still an excellent tool. You will only lose the interactive update and automatic site management features. Also excluded are the "web bots". However, these functions can be implemented using common CGI scripts already installed at Hevanet or with Javascript or Java applets. Click here for more information.

We will continue to review our position, but at this time we have no plans to impliment the Front Page extensions.