Using FTP with FrontPage and Expression Web

Microsoft FrontPage reached the end of life in 2003 and has not been supported by Microsoft since 2006.  Programs that are not supported/updated can present security issues.  So, FrontPage Extensions have now been removed from Cpanel. 

While we recommend you consider using a more current HTML editor, you can still use FrontPage but will need to use FTP instead of using FrontPage Extensions to publish your site. 

There are many FTP options available.  The following are some you can consider. You can also use a standalone FTP client.  

A. Work with files on an FTP site using Windows Explorer on Windows 7 and 8

If you want to upload files, delete files, or rearrange the folder structure on an FTP site, you need to open the site in Windows Explorer rather than in Internet Explorer. For security reasons, you can only use Internet Explorer to open FTP sites and download files from them. To create a shortcut to an FTP site so that the site will automatically open in Windows Explorer, follow the steps below.

To create a shortcut to open an FTP site in Windows Explorer

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Computer.
  2. Right-click anywhere in the folder, and then click Add a Network Location.
  3. In the wizard, select Choose a custom network location and then click Next.
  4. Enter the name of the FTP site, with the full FTP address: . and then click Next.  (Adding public_html will allow you to go directly to where your files will need to be published.  If you just use, you will then need to open the public_html directory and place your files there).
  5. To use a name and password, clear the Log on ‘anonymously’ checkbox. Type a user name, and then click Next.
  6. To have the FTP site open when you're done setting up the shortcut, just click Next. If you do not want the FTP site to open after you're done setting up the shortcut, clear the Open this network location when I click Finish checkbox. Click Finish.
  7. A shortcut to the FTP site appears in the Computer folder. You can drag that shortcut to your desktop so that it's easy to find later.


When you first connect to the FTP site, you’ll be prompted for a password. Select the Save password checkbox if you want Windows to remember that password and connect you directly to the site in the future.  

B. Using FTP in your Control Panel
Log into your cpanel:  You will need your account Username and Password.  This is the same username and password you use for FrontPage.  Once logged in, go to File Manager and then select the public_html option.  You will now see your files and can upload new ones.  Review the File Manager link on this tutorial page for information on uploading files.  You can modify your pages in FrontPage, and then use the File Manager to upload and overwrite the ones on your website.  This is the same effect as uploading with FTP.

C. Using FTP with FrontPage 2000

To enter an FTP server location in the Publish Web dialog box:

Simply type the FTP server location ( - using your actual domain name) in the Publish Web dialog. (Be sure to type ftp:// before the server name). A dialog box will prompt you for your username and password.

To specify (or change) a saved FTP location:
1.         In the Publish Web dialog box, click the Browse button.
2.         In the top portion of the Open Web dialog box that appears, expand the list of locations next to "Look in." At the bottom of the list, you will see a location called FTP Locations.
3.         Click Add/Modify FTP Locations and specify the path to your FTP location (
4.         Select or "User" to enter the appropriate user name and password for your cpanel account.
5.         Click OK to save. This new FTP location is now available to choose from the FTP Locations menu.
6.         Specify your publish options by clicking the Options button. The Publish Web dialog box expands, displaying four options.  We recommend you “Publish changed pages only” if you have trouble with your connection timing out when publishing large websites.

D.   Using FTP with FrontPage 2002 

  1. On the File menu, click Publish Web.
  2. In the Specify the location to publish your web to box, type the location of your FTP Web server, such as  (always add the public_html either as part of the FTP address or in the box marked Directory if that is available.
  3. Click Options to expand the list of options.
  4. Specify whether you want to publish only pages that have changed or all pages.
  5. Click Publish.

E. Using FTP with FrontPage 2003

  1. Click FILE -> PUBLISH WEB and then Select "FTP"
  2. Type in the destination FTP Server name in the location box in the form of:
  3. Type in the FTP Directory name of public_html  (or in the step above, you can also just type: )
    this is important because the FTP program needs to know where it is dropping those files. If you don't enter that FTP directory properly it will place them in the hosting account Root directory which is not what the world sees. If you have properly uploaded all your website files to the "public_html directory then your site will show as expected.
  4. Click the "Passive FTP" checkbox at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Choose whether you wish to publish all pages, or only changed pages since your last publishing session
  6. Click the PUBLISH button
  7. Enter your FTP username and password when prompted - they are the same ones used for your Cpanel login


Open your FrontPage website on your local computer, and display the Folder List view so that you can see all of your pages.  After editing a page, right-click on the page name and click “Publish selected file” and follow instructions above to enter FTP address information.


When using FTP instead of FrontPage Extensions, certain FP features will no longer function, so should be removed from your website:


   WebBot Confirmation Field component

   WebBot Discussion component

   WebBot Guest Book component

   WebBot Registration component

   WebBot Save Results component

   WebBot Scheduled Image component

   WebBot Scheduled Include component

   WebBot Search component


This information from Microsoft will provide details on using FTP with the Expression web.

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