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Chapter 16. Publishing a Web > Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting

The Publish Web process is, in the large majority of cases, problem free. However, if you don't watch one particular feature of the dialog box, you can cause lots of trouble for yourself. That feature is the field labeled Specify the Location to Publish Your Web To. Be careful that you don't select the root web, or any other existing web on your server, unless you really want to put it there. Once you start the publishing process, and even with FrontPage's dialog boxes during that process, it's far too easy either to overwrite your existing work or to render it non-functional by replacing important support files. Be sure, quite simply, that you publish your web to a location that you know to be the correct site. Do not, for instance, type a subweb location in the box without checking to make sure you don't already have a subweb of that name.

Sometimes, for no apparent reasons, a FrontPage web on a server becomes partially non-functional after several publishing instances, particularly in cases where only the changed pages were uploaded. In such a case, it can be a good idea to ensure that the entire web is correct on your local drive, then publish it, overwriting existing pages. This was certainly the case in earlier versions of FrontPage, including FrontPage 98, and it seems mostly fixed in FrontPage 2000. But in the late beta version, the problem resurfaced a bit, albeit rarely.


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