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Chapter 16. Publishing Your FrontPage-Ba... > Monitoring the Publish Operation

Monitoring the Publish Operation

Regardless of the types of the local and remote Web sites, Web publishing basically occurs in four phases:

  1. FrontPage determines which files need to be added, replaced, or deleted on the destinFation Web site.

    If the Publishing tab of the Remote Web Site Properties dialog box specifies Determine Changes By Comparing Source And Destination Sites, FrontPage makes this determination by comparing file and folder timestamps in the source and destination Web sites. To do this, it must first retrieve directory listings of all the files and folders in the remote site.

    If the same tab specifies Use Source File Timestamps To Determine Changes Since Last Publish, FrontPage determines which files to publish by comparing timestamps in the source Web site to the date of the last publish operation. This is less accurate but avoids retrieving file and folder information from the destination site.

    Figure 16-7 previously illustrated the Remote Web Site Properties dialog box.

  2. FrontPage copies all the files that need to be added or replaced, plus instructions to delete those that are no longer needed, plus any changes to Navigation view, database connections, or any other Web settings. (If both Web sites are running either the FrontPage Server Extensions or Windows SharePoint Services, FrontPage transmits this information in compressed form.)

  3. This step occurs only if both sites are running the FrontPage Server Extensions or Windows SharePoint Services. In that case, FrontPage or SharePoint software on the destination server decompresses and processes all the updates on the remote Web site server. This includes both normal file updates, Web settings, and recalculation of hyperlinks.

  4. FrontPage reports completion of the publishing process.


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