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Can I use FrontPage and FTP to upload files to the same directory?
Posted by - NA -, Last modified by Jen Ferraz on 30 March 2011 01:06 PM
Can I use FrontPage and FTP to upload files to the same directory?

Theoretically, yes. However, using FTP on a FrontPage site will often cause corruption of the FrontPage extensions. For this reason, we strongly advise against it. Whenever possible, you should upload/download content, and change permissions, from within FrontPage itself (instead of in FTP).

The FrontPage Publish command uses HTTP to communicate with the Web server. This command will not transfer the local FrontPage Server Extension files to the target server. When using an FTP application, it is important to transfer only the content files from the originating web server. Do not FTP any _vti _* directories or files containing FrontPage active elements, forms, etc. If these directories or files are transferred, they will overwrite the existing files on the target server, which will lead to incorrect functioning of FrontPage extensions.

If this happened, you need to re-upload your entire web using FrontPage, or repair the extensions on your virtual server using "Control Panel > Web/Ftp Server > Web Server > Website Tools > FrontPage".

There is a "rule of thumb" for working with FrontPage webs - if you created a sub-web or folder using FrontPage, delete it using FrontPage commands - either Delete FrontPage Web, or Delete Folder. Never use FTP to delete content published with FrontPage, and never change permissions on FrontPage files via FTP.
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