Microsoft FrontPage has been a popular program used by many over the years. Some users don’t realize that Microsoft actually quit producing any new versions and packaging FrontPage in its Microsoft Office versions in 2003. It discontinued support for the product in 2006. Microsoft no longer provides any extension updates for web hosting servers. Features such as hit counters, mail forms, guest pages and search boxes and other items may now result in errors or very simply fail to work at all. In addition to the fact that server extension updates are no longer available cPanel is forcing an EOL (end of life) because the Apache software foundation has discontinued support. This additional lack of support will open security holes due to the lack of updates.
What Does This Mean to FrontPage Users?
As 1PesoHosting.Com moves forward towards our end of life date on Novemeber 04, 2013 for enabled FrontPage server extensions, new sites will be able to use only the basic non-script features of FrontPage 2003. Basic text and images on a FrontPage site will still work after that, but any features that requires FrontPage server extensions may stop working at any time unless you make changes to the special scripting that FrontPage has enabled on your web pages.
Many hosting companies have already quit supporting FrontPage extensions or will do so in the very near future. FrontPage 2003 FTP publishing and basic page design will remain intact but FrontPage 2002 and earlier versions FTP will fail and you will need to consider newer methods.
What Should I Use Now?
Many new options have become available for web publishing and web design since the Microsoft FrontPage product has been discontinued. WordPress is a popular web design platform which can be installed through your cPanel, coffee cup is a very nice HTML editor. There is also an editor within the cPanel file or the Softaculous script installer.
Additionally, Microsoft addresses what you should do when your hosting server does not have FrontPage server extensions enabled.