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From 1995 when Frontpage was first released, until Microsoft announced it will be discontinuing Frontpage in 2006, there have been many changes to the way websites are built. In this tutorial we will go over some of the popular alternatives to Frontpage.

Since many website building programs are now installed on your server, they are accessible as long as you have internet access. This is convenient, because it allows you to make changes to your website from any computer. Since Frontpage must be installed and used on a single computer, any updates or changes must also be done on that same computer. We will now list some of the many ways to build your website, some will be run from a local computer; while, some are server based meaning it is installed on your hosting account, and accessible over any internet connection.

Server Based Programs

We will now go over the most popular server based web design programs, also known as a content management system(CMS). After installing them easily from your cPanel, you can perform updates and changes from any computer with internet access.


Concrete5 is considered very easy to use, since it separates the web pages into sections called blocks. You can then select the block in order to make changes, or add content. You can install Concrete5 from softaculous; this guide is part of our full Concrete5 Learning Corner.


WordPress is the most commonly used CMS, which means there are many sources for addons such as plugins, or themes. You can install WordPress from softaculous; this guide is part of our full WordPress Learning Corner.


Joomla is also a very popular CMS for running a website. While, it can be a little more difficult to learn, it is one of the most highly customizable and powerful options.


Drupal is one of the more popular CMS applications currently available and can be installed from your cPanel automatically through Softaculous.

Programs Run from a local Computer

This section includes programs that must be installed on your computer, you then publish your updates to your server when you are done.

Microsoft Expression Web 4 (Windows only)

While this is not a direct replacement for Frontpage, Microsoft Expression Web is what Microsoft released after Frontpage was discontinued.

Notepad++(Windows only)

Notepad++ is a free, open-source text editor for Windows. With this program you can modify the source-code of your website, then publish your changes.

Brackets (OSX, Windows, Linux)

Brackets is a new, free open-source text editing program, that is compatible with OSX, Windows, and Linux.

Dreamweaver (Windows or OSX)

Dreamweaver is a paid program by Adobe, used for creating and editing websites. While it is one of the more expensive options, it is very powerful, and widely considered the industry standard.

iWeb (OSX only)

Included as part of the iLife suite for OSX, this web design software is pretty popular. While discontinued, it can still be used with our hosting service. Here is a link to our guide on how to publish with iWeb.

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