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Chapter 21. Putting Pages on the Internet > Publishing Your Web Site Using FTP

Publishing Your Web Site Using FTP

When the Internet was in its infancy, one of the first standards developed was a way to copy files from one computer to another. This process is known as File Transfer Protocol (FTP). If your Web host doesn't have FrontPage Extensions or Windows SharePoint Services installed on the server—or if you're having trouble using the default FrontPage method to upload your files—try using FTP. FTP is the most common method of transferring files from a local computer to a remote server and can communicate with virtually any Web server.

When you publish your Web site using FTP, FrontPage still takes care of all the hard stuff. The key difference between FrontPage's proprietary upload protocol and FTP is how it handles FrontPage Extensions and Web components. If the site doesn't have the extensions installed, it stands to reason that not only can you not use the default publishing option, but any other features that require those extensions also won't work. Web components on your pages will crash or return pages stating that the extensions aren't available. If you must resort to using FTP, you should remove these features from your site before publishing.


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