Microsoft FrontPage, the original web easy website authoring tool and part of the hugely successful Microsoft Office family of software products.
The grand-daddy of all html web authoring software that started it all, Front Page by Microsoft.
About FrontPage website HTML authoring tool:
Microsoft FrontPage, a website authoring tool and part of the hugely successful Microsoft Office family of software products for 7 years and discontinued 13 years ago in 2003. If was a great website pioneering product for it’s time that brought people, information and e-commerce together on the Web. Microsoft FrontPage is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor and Web site administration tool.
1997 – 2003
It was branded as part of the Microsoft Office suite from 1997 to 2003. Microsoft FrontPage has since been replaced by other web authoring software. Front Page is designed to hide the details of pages’ HTML code from the user, making it possible for novices to create Web pages and Web sites easily and “see” the page as it would like displayed in a browser.
This saved the user a lot of time and money and having to learn how to code html. Some of the features in Microsoft Front Page included: Split View option to allow the user to code in Code View (for servers) and preview in Design View for the person building the web page without the hassle of learning how to code html plus having to switch back and forth between the Design View and Code View tabs to view changes.
Dynamic Web Templates
Microsoft FrontPage included Dynamic Web Templates (DWT) allowing users to create a single web page template that could be used across multiple pages throughout the entire Web site with a navigation menu bar that helped organize the website and make the user experience pleasurable.
Microsoft then developed Interactive Buttons which gave users a new and easy way to create Web graphics for navigation menus and links thus eliminating the need for a complicated and expensive image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. FrontPage is long gone but should not be forgotten.
Microsoft FrontPage over the years:
FrontPage Package Design from left to right: 1995, 1998, 2002 and 2003.