Update your links – New domain for Microsoft MVP – FrontPage Tiffany K. Edmonds

Tiffany K. Edmonds. Microsoft MVP – FrontPage – New domain name

If you have links to Tiffany K. Edmonds Microsoft MVP – FrontPage old site www.at-frontpage.com you should know the domain was lost. Tiffany has now purchased http://www.atfrontpage.com/ so please update your hyperlinks to the domain  WITHOUT the dash please. This will help stablish Tiffany’s links in the search engines again, much faster.

FrontPage Addon – Space Replacer 2

Jimco Software Space Replacer 2 – Free FrontPage Addon

Space Replacer 2
Underscores and spaces in file names
Redirect old file names to new file names

Space Replacer 2  – Remove spaces or replace them with the character of your choice.

Space Replacer 2 makes it easy to remove spaces in folder and file names. You can also easily replace spaces with the character you choose. Space Replacer 2 will also update all links throughout a site automatically.

When making file names you may have named the files with a space, in which case FrontPage will automatically fill the space with 20% ie pink20%flower.htm. Or you may have used an underscore pink_flower.htm.

Why don’t I want to use underscores or spaces in file names?

Search engines see file names thusly

pink20%flower.htm  is seen as pinkflower.htm

pink_flower.htm is seen as pinkflower.htm

pink-flower.htm is seen as pink-flower.htm

The first two are seen as ONE keyword pinkflower, whilst the third version is seen as TWO keywords and PHRASE.

Naming your file names in this way is only a small part of the whole seo (search engine optimisation) methods you should employ but an important part and should be done as a matter of course. When making new file names this is not a problem, but what if you have an a site filled with such file names? This is where the Space Replacer 2 by Jimco Software comes in. Not only is it a FREE FrontPage Addin it does all the work in one go for you.

There are a couple of other things you should know about spaces in file names, they can cause some browsers to not display your page, also capitals in the file name are a problem when used on a unix server. Jimco also has a Free FrontPage Addon to cover this problem too, called Case Changer Some Web servers are case-sensitive. This add-in will change all upper-case characters in your files and folders to lower-case. It will also correct links to your pages.

How do I redirect old file names to new file names?

When you start changing file names, search engines are going to be looking for your old file names and you need to let them know you have moved the file. The proper way to do this is to use a 301 permanent redirect on the server. Otherwise you will lose search engine ranking.

For those that use Unix or Apache servers it’s a simple matter to implement. For those with Windows IIS (asp) servers you can use ASP (check your host provides this). Learn more about 301 Permanent redirects and I highly recommend you join this Search Engine Techniques Class to improve your SEO.

By using the above tools and server features, you will improve your standing in the search engines and lessen the chances of a file not being displayed.

FrontPage and RSS – Creating an RSS Feed for Your FrontPage Web Site

FrontPage and RSS

Microsoft MSDN have created an article and RSS download so you can Learn about RSS and how to programmatically create an RSS file for your FrontPage 2003 Web site. The download that accompanies this article contains a VBA project and an XSLT file that you can use to generate and display RSS feeds.

The article includes

Introduction to Creating an RSS Feed
Programmatically Generating an RSS File
Additional Resources