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This months issue August 2002
Welcome to the Microsoft FrontPage FanZine with a special focus on workflow! Be sure to check out our upcoming chat with FrontPage expert Kevin Spencer and don't miss the $20 rebate in the Special Offers section.
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ANNOUNCING FRONTPAGE CHATS
Since its launch in May, our FrontPage Community has already grown into a huge success. To provide you with an even better community experience, we are pleased to announce the launch of FrontPage Chat with an Expert. These chat events will connect you with leading industry experts. For information on this month's chat, see the Events section below. Check the Community page frequently for upcoming chats at:
CHAT: AUTOMATING WORKFLOW WITH DATABASES
If databases intimidate or confuse you, come chat with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Kevin Spencer on Wednesday, August 28 at 9:30 A.M. -11:30 A.M. Pacific time. He'll remove the mystery around database-driven Web content, and answer questions about what databases are, how they work, and how database sites outperform static HTML pages. Also, learn how you can combine a database with active server technologies such as ASP to create a Web site that automates most of your work for you. Log in at:
FREE MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SEMINARS COMING TO YOU
In the office, online, or on the road, experience the tools and technology to increase productivity at your business. Learn how to improve the way you manage your business using Microsoft Windows® XP Professional and Microsoft Office XP Professional! Discover valuable resources for maximizing connectivity and Internet resources with Microsoft Outlook®, Microsoft bCentral, FrontPage, SharePoint Team Services, and more. For more information and a complete agenda visit:
FRONTPAGE AND SMALL BUSINESS
DESIGNING YOUR WEB SITE FOR EASY MAINTENANCE
Want to save yourself and your team hours of work? Think automation. Follow these site design practices from Microsoft Certified Professional and FrontPage MVP David Berry. Learn about his timesaving approach here:
WORKFLOW PROCESS FOR AN OUTSOURCED WEB TEAM
When it's time to outsource, how do you manage the workflow aspects of working with an off-site team? Jeannine Gailey, owner of Webbish6.com, author, and Web consultant, has some tips about using FrontPage to simplify the process with workflow properties and reports. Check out her ideas here:
WORKFLOW FOR INTERACTIVE COURSE WEB SITES
Connect your students to your classroom -- and the larger learning community -- with an interactive Web site that you can create in just minutes! Learn how from education guru and Webmaster Greg Notess:
THE URGENCY OF EFFICIENCY IN GOVERNMENT
Everyone is in a hurry to save some money, time, and resources these days –- especially in government agencies. Justine Brown, editor of Government Technology magazine, provides tips about increasing efficiencies by moving processes online:
USING FRONTPAGE TO COLLABORATE
Web development is a collaborative process, but if you've spent any time with a large team or on a complex project, you know that too many cooks can confuse the process. Tiffany Edmonds has been consulting and coding with FrontPage for years. Get her suggestions for harmonious team dynamics here:
AUTOMATING WEB WORKFLOW WITH DATABASES
In this column, Microsoft MVP and software applications developer Kevin Spencer removes the mystery that surrounds databases and walks you through how to organize and deliver content by using a database. His insights can help you save both time and money. Check it out here:
DEVELOPING COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS
This online course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use Microsoft Office XP Developer, FrontPage version 2002, Office Web Components, smart tags, the Simple Open Access Protocol (SOAP) Toolkit 2.0 SP2, and SharePoint Team Services to build solutions that access structured data in Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000. You'll also learn how to share code, package, and deploy these Office solutions.
FEATURED ADD-IN FOR FRONTPAGE
This add-in for FrontPage contains the Comprehensive JScript and VBScript Reference with handy blocks of information to help you explore the many different parts of the JScript and Visual Basic Scripting languages. There are even reference tutorials to help you learn how to use advanced coding methods to increase functionality on your Web site. Download it from the FrontPage Add-in Center at:
GREAT FRONTPAGE-BASED WEB SITES
The Entertainment Department UK Ltd., an entertainment provider to 25 holiday resorts in England, Scotland, and Wales, needed to improve team communication and training. Realizing that an online solution could improve the efficiency of their operation and help them recruit new entertainers, gather feedback from their park managers and visitors, and provide marketing support for both their park teams and manufacturers across the country, they chose FrontPage to help them build a Web solution. Find out more at:
Iconofile is a non-profit organization devoted to those interested in icons and icon painting while promoting preservation of the art. Early on, the founders realized that a Web site could help them accomplish their informational objectives, raise money to support the organization's future plans and activities, and create a robust online community—encouraging volunteers to donate time, money, and articles. Learn how FrontPage helped them reach their goals at:
THIRD PARTY SOLUTIONS
SOLUTION BUILT WITH METAMEND AND FRONTPAGE
By using FrontPage and the Metamend service, the software company Urchin has dramatically improved the efficiency of maintaining its Web site. Learn why being properly listed in search engines is important to an online business, and why Urchin chose FrontPage and Metamend:
TIPS AND TRICKS
WORKING WITH CATEGORIES IN FRONTPAGE
Categories provide a useful way to organize and effectively manage your Web by grouping pages, pictures, or any other files into logical groups using categories. For example, you might classify pages that need editorial approval in a category called Editors, or classify all of the shopping-related files in your Web in categories called Catalog and Products. Then, a specific person or workgroup assigned to each category can easily identify the pages they are responsible for updating.
In FrontPage 2002:
1. On the View menu, point to Reports, point to Workflow, and then click Categories.
2. Select the files you want to categorize.
If you want to categorize a single file, right-click the file, click Properties on the shortcut menu, and then click the Workgroup tab.
If you want to categorize multiple files, press and hold CTRL, and then click each file you want to categorize. Right-click any of these selected files, click Properties on the shortcut menu, and then click the Workgroup tab.
3. In the Available Categories box, select the check boxes for the categories that apply to this file. You can select multiple categories.
In FrontPage 2000:
1. On the View menu, point to Reports, and then click Categories.
2. Right-click the file you want to categorize, click Properties, and then click the Workgroup tab.
3. In the Available Categories box, select the check boxes of the categories for this file. You can select multiple categories.
Note: FrontPage has several built-in categories, such as Business, Competition, Expense Report, Goals/Objectives, Ideas, In Process, Miscellaneous, Planning, Schedule, Travel, VIP, and Waiting. You can also add your own categories. To find out how to create a site map using categories, see Microsoft FrontPage product help.
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JOIN THE WPD PROGRAM
BE AN INTERNATIONAL WEB PRESENCE DEVELOPER FOR MICROSOFT FRONTPAGE
Now the Web Presence Developers (WPD) Program for Microsoft FrontPage has expanded world wide. This program helps Microsoft's customers all over the world find professionals to help them create and manage FrontPage-based Web sites. To learn more and apply for membership, go to:
FRONTPAGE ADD-IN CENTER
The Microsoft FrontPage Add-in Center provides a place where millions of people using FrontPage can download and submit add-ins. Check it out at: http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/downloads/addin/default.asp
NEW FRONTPAGE ONLINE COMMUNITY
The new FrontPage Community is your launching pad for communicating online with other users and pros about FrontPage and Web sites. Visit regularly, as there will be great new information and events you won’t want to miss. Come be a part of it today at:
FRONTPAGE USER GROUPS
Find out about user groups and get some pointers on how to start your own at:
To find out more about or get help accessing a FrontPage newsgroup, check out:
IT'S EASY TO CREATE SOPHISTICATED WEB SITES AND SAVE $20 US
Now you can easily create attractive, dynamic, and interactive Web sites with FrontPage 2002 and save $20. If you acquire a copy of FrontPage 2002 Standard or upgrade between July 7, 2002 and September 14, 2002 you may qualify for a $20 mail-in rebate. Visit the FrontPage site to get all the details and download the $20 rebate coupon. Find out more at:
FRONTPAGE AND ACCREPAIR LE ENABLE UNPARALLELED ACCESSIBLE WEB DEVELOPMENT
AccRepair LE for FrontPage provides users with the leading accessibility solution on the market. Test and remediate your Web sites for complete conformance to federal accessibility standards and international accessibility guidelines from the W3C. For a limited time, users of AccVerify SE for Microsoft FrontPage can upgrade to AccRepair LE from AccVerify SE for $49.99. Find out more:
IMPROVE YOUR SEARCH ENGINE VISIBILITY AND DRIVE CUSTOMERS TO YOUR WEB SITE
Now you can easily improve your Web site's search engine visibility with Metamend's Search Engine Optimization service for FrontPage. Sign up for the service and download and install the Metamend add-in for FrontPage, and you'll get your first month of Search Engine Optimization for free. To learn more, visit Metamend at: http://www.metamend.com/microsoft-frontpage.html
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