Make the Switch from Discontinued Microsoft FrontPage

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Make the Switch from Discontinued Microsoft FrontPage

By | 2017-09-15T09:48:43+00:00 January 12, 2017|Best Practices, Corporate Intranet, Intranet Software|

Summary: Discontinued Microsoft Office FrontPage left a gap in functionality. From SharePoint to out-of-the-box intranet software, we determined the best alternatives for you.

Microsoft Office FrontPage is a (tech talk) WYSIWYG HTML Editor or a (real talk) computer program for editing the markup of a website. It’s used primarily in creating an internal communications site for your organization. It has been a part of the Microsoft Office suite since 1997 but has gone through a variety of changes since; replaced by since discontinued Microsoft Expression Web and SharePoint Designer (released December 2006) and replaced again by SharePoint Designer. Needless to say, Microsoft FrontPage has struggled to find solid ground.

What did Microsoft FrontPage include?

  • Code View and Design Preview
  • Dynamic Web Templates
  • Interactive Buttons

Overall: The features included in Microsoft FrontPage assisted in the development and maintaining of a home-grown intranet. With the adjustments, you now have to either migrate completely to SharePoint, or find an intranet software solution that meets all your needs.

Although Microsoft Expression Web and SharePoint Designer are successors of Microsoft FrontPage, only the discontinued Expression Web served as the full-featured alternative leaving a gap in functionality that can only be solved by either implementing SharePoint or finding an out-of-the-box intranet software.

Microsoft FrontPage Issues

The replacement of discontinued Microsoft FrontPage with SharePoint Designer created the following issues:

  • The replacements did not include the full feature set originally offered by Microsoft FrontPage
  • It requires full migration to Sharepoint, a costly and IT heavy intranet solution
  • The continuous changes result in inconsistent product support

Is SharePoint the right alternative for you?

We did the research to find out what the best alternatives are, from out-of-the-box intranet software solutions to SharePoint. The conclusion? Although pre-existing users of FrontPage are urged to migrate to SharePoint it may not be the right choice for everyone. See the considerations below:

  • Sharepoint is a Saas (Software as a Service) cloud solution which results in your information being removed from your on-premise secure environment
  • As a SaaS solution, SharePoint charges per user which creates complex pricing
  • SharePoint requires extensive IT resources to create, monitor, and maintain

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On-Premise Intranet Software comes out on top

An alternative to your Microsoft FrontPage and SharePoint woes would be an all-inclusive on-premise intranet software solution. Not only does intranet software simplify the way you edit HTML pages, it also minimizes the need to invest IT resources into the process of maintaining your intranet.

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    Your data is safely stored in your own secure environment. In addition, on-premise intranet software doesn’t charge per user and grows with you, avoiding exorbitant costs.

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    Make the creation of HTML pages a breeze by leveraging the WYSIWYG HTML editor. The full capabilities of Intranet Connection’s HTML Editor include; editing sites, pages and widgets, combining HTML text with image and videos, and adding in-text linking.

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    Quickly edit the overall intranet design with a single click including intranet logo, header, background, font, menu colors, and more. Don’t wait on IT resources to engage employees! Simple Design Editor requires no IT knowledge.

    Psst! Have the skills and enjoy full HTML editing options? The Advanced Design Editor allows you to be as creative as you’d like!

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    Pre-populated online forms and workflows meet the needs of your company. In-house Financial, Healthcare, and Corporate experts customize an intranet ready to use with forms and approval workflows just for you. Quickly build or copy existing forms and customize approval workflows with drag and drop ease.

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    Streamline the creation and management of your intranet by delegating site admins. Reduce the IT bottleneck by simply enabling Admin Role Delegation to assist in managing the intranet. The centralization of all your internal communications and documents is no longer at the peril of your IT team.

Did Microsoft FrontPage leave you with a gap in functionality?

When services you use are discontinued it can cause a ripple effect, reducing productivity across the board. Get ahead of this change by finding a solution that works best for you and organization. Have you already replaced Microsoft FrontPage with a new solution? We’d like to hear from you in the comment section below.

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By | 2017-09-15T09:48:43+00:00 January 12, 2017|Best Practices, Corporate Intranet, Intranet Software|

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