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Chapter 2. The FrontPage Environment > Deciding the Server Question

Deciding the Server Question

You can assemble your pages into what is called a disk-based Web, which is a collection of linked HTML pages and images stored in one or more folders on your hard drive. In this case, you view a page by first using the browser to open it as a file and then typing a path name (such as C:\My Webs\A_Web\anypage.htm) into the browser's address bar.

However, some of FrontPage 2000's advanced features—forms, for example—require a server-based Web to function; they will not work if the page containing them is opened as a file. You can still create a disk-based Web and insert such server-based elements into your pages, of course. The trouble is that you won't know if these elements work properly until the pages containing them are published to an actual Web server and opened through the server. If you want to take full advantage of FrontPage 2000's resources, you'll likely need to install and use some form of Web server. Furthermore, complete FrontPage 2000 functionality is available only when the server has the FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions installed. Microsoft does not provide a Web server with the FrontPage 2000 package; you'll have to obtain a server of your own if you don't already have one. A very suitable server for FrontPage 2000 development work is the Microsoft Personal Web Server Version 4 (PWS 4).


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