Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook Sale

With the advent of Service Packs 1 and 2 for Expression Web 4.0 this called for a major revision of our;

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook

So in honour of this we have today launched a new sale at the lowest ever price we have sold the ebook. $20 giving you a discount of $9 on our usual standard price.

You may not know but we have always offered Free updates to ebook owners of the next version of the ebook. So if you buy the ebook NOW, whilst the sale is on, when our revision is published you will be entitled to get the new version free of charge and any further updates too.

What else do you get apart from the ebook?

There are three new templates, plus  new collection of Expression Web queries. All designed to make your life easier. There has never been a better time to upgrade from FrontPage to Expression Web so why not start now and

BUY the Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook at the sale price of $20

Undelete by Diskeeper saves the day

Undelete by Diskeeper

I was working away and decided to delete two folders, forgetting they were essential to the running of the website. I knew the recycle bin would not have the files, but then I remembered that I had Undelete from Diskeeper installed, AND I had remembered to reinstall it when I came across it in my files thinking I will probably need that knowing me. Sure enough I did and it saved my bacon.

What the Recycle bin wouldn’t retain Undelete had them there ready and waiting. I decided to blog about it as a thank you.


Diskeeper 2011 NFR giveaway winners

Random list of names for NFR Diskeeper Giveaway


These are the five winners of a NFR Diskeeper giveway offer thanks to Derek at Diskeeper whom they will be hearing from shortly.

The question asked to enter was how many licences have been sold which could be read on the Diskeeper homepage, during the course of the offer the amount changed from 39 to 40 millon not bad going.

I used random.org to generate a random list, as you can see here on the left. Thanks to all who entered, for those that won please let me know how you get along with your NFR giveway copy of Diskeeper by commenting here.


Transfer your domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap and help an elephant

Regardless of the subject matter, this is a lesson if you are in busines on how NOT to go about social media. Plus I heartily recommend no one use GoDaddy to begin with given their track record as a domain host and the feedback I have had.
I have used namecheap for years and its the best service I have had anywhere for anything at any time, and throughly recommend http://namecheap.com
As a namecheap member I got the below newsletter and decided to share it with my readers. If you are like minded its an excellent cost effective way of moving domain hosts right now, plus you do some good. The best bit is you get from under the practices of GoDaddy.
“It’s not often that we would disagree publicly with a competitor, but we at Namecheap are very disturbed by this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport.  Check out the ABC News Report (Warning: Very Graphic!)

We’ve decided to throw our support behind our Elephant friends by offering domain transfers at a price where we actually lose money.

Show your protest by saying BYEBYEGD again and transfer your domains to Namecheap for $4.99 for the next 24 hours through 11:59pm EST on 3/31/11 (limit 10 per user, valid for all com/net/org domains).

On top of that, we’ll donate $1 for each transfer to Save The Elephants at http://www.savetheelephants.org/

Use coupon code BYEBYEGD and let’s help the Elephants together!”

….Team Namecheap

Diskeeper 2011 NFR Giveaway

Diskeeper 2011 software

Diskeeper 2011

If you thought Diskeeper 2010 with Intellwrite was faster and smoother than the previous version, then you need to check out Diskeeper 2011.

With revolutionary InvisiTasking technology, Diskeeper 2011 works automatically in the background, with no negative performance impact. Automatic defragmentation improves computer performance without slowing other operations, and is recommended to maintain peak performance.

How do you obtain a Diskeeper 2011 NFR giveaway?

I have 3-5 copies of the latest version (NFR) available before it is generally available, do you want one? If so this is what you have to do.


I recently had to reinstall my OS and was working with Diskeeper 2009, I had not got around to installing the latest version at the time. However upon reinstalling the OS I had to put Diskeeper back and I put the 2010 version on and boy it was MUCH faster. Then Derek gave me the heads up about this lastest 2011 version and gave me a copy to try out. I can safely leave it running all the time now and things are running quite a bit smoother.


Expression Crash Tricks

When Expression Web or SharePoint Designer 2007 crashes there are a few simple things you can do to mitigate the event:

Preventive crash applications

First of all download the free applications for your versions of Expression Web or Sharepoint Designer 2007
These drastically reduces crashes.
Open the version of fpcleaner for the version of Ew or SPD07 you are using. Do not open ew from your icons/start menu etc etc,  this way you know EW is ‘clean’ to start off. Then I click both
‘Clear the Hidden “Temporary” Files’
‘Clear the Hidden Cache (*.web) Files’
Each time,  so I recommend  using these, and any time you have a crash even if ew (or sharepoint designer 2007) then goes from a ‘whiteout’ and appears stable again or reopens, close it down and open with the fpcleaner for your version.

Tips and Tricks for Expression Web crashes

Another point to note, sometimes but not always if I take away the ‘focus’ from the application by clicking on another open application or even opening one , and wait a minute. Sometimes it will steady so that I don’t lose the work I was working on. Another trick is to do Control Alt Delete – start Task Manager which opens the Windows Task Manager .. sometimes that ‘steady’s’ ew/spd07 as well but not always.
If you have a crash aversion tips let me know

Prerequisites for Using Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft has written a small FAQ page entitled, Prerequisites for Using Microsoft Expression Web all the better to inform you of the leap from FrontPage to Expression Web, especially as we move further and further away from the older versions of FrontPage that many still use, and specifically the bots. The Prerequisites are repeated below with some further explanations.

Q. “Is Expression Web a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) tool?”

CSS pseudo-element styles are used to add special effects to selectors and these cannot be seen in Design View, however it is easy enough to preview in the browser with Expression Web and if you want to fine tune there is always SuperPreview.

Q. “Is Expression Web the same as Microsoft FrontPage? Is it a replacement for FrontPage?”

Expression Web is the successor to FrontPage rather than a replacement and well, it all depends on HOW you used FrontPage. If you didn’t use any of the bots or very little then the transition will be much easier for you. However, many of the fundamentals of the menus and toolbars from FrontPage are still with us even if they are in different locations. One of the bots DOES remain with us, that is Page Includes and they are special case. If you want to Migrate from FrontPage to Expression Web our handy ebook walks you through the process.

Q. “Can I use FrontPage Server Extensions and still get point-and-click design elements without learning new design technologies?”

I personally dropped FrontPage Bots many years ago, as soon as I understood the power of Page Includes which led me to want better things of the program. However, I always had a great deal of trouble with using FTP in FrontPage and other third party clients. (Until I encountered Filezilla.org – which is a free FTP program). So I continued to use fpse for the ease of use that publishing with http gave me. When I first got EW however and discovered I could use FTP in Expression Web and STILL work live, I dropped the fpse. There are some restrictions on working with a DWT based site live, however I get around that by working on the local site and then ftping the site back to the server, even if I have to download the site firstly. (It depends on whose site I am working on.)

Q. “What skills do I need in order to use Expression Web? Do I need to be a professional Web designer?

In my opinion, Expression Web is a great teacher and if you set Expression Web up correctly it will TEACH you as you work. Then you just need to think of what you can replace the bots you used to use with new technology. There is plenty of help and advice on the net. You do not need to be a professional Web Designer, far from it. What you do need to do is focus on the help you receive from not only within the programme. The Help is a great source of information, but the tutorials and eBook’s and videos that are available from Microsoft and the wider Expression Web community, many of which are free.

Q. “How can I acquire the skills I need to use Expression Web?”

The Microsoft article goes onto list some resources, which I have replicated below and added a few of my own.

Expression Web Community Toolbar updated

Updated: 6th February, 2011 Expression Web and Web Design Links

Our Free Expression Web Community Toolbar is updated every few days. As soon as we have a respectable amount of new links gathered we post the new links to a New Links sub menu and put the previous new links in their categories.

We cover each of the Expression Web versions 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as the Expression applications.

  • Expression Design
  • Expression Blend
  • Expression Encoder

as well as Contests/Giveaways and Offers for Expression Web 3.0 and 4.0.

We let you know about Expression Web Communities, Webcasts and Live Events.

We also cover Web Design and there are other features that let you keep up todate with tweets, blogs and Facebook plus more besides.

If you want all the Expression Web links to hand and don’t want to have to be bothered to go spend hours searching for lists, forums, ebooks, add-ins and to find out about new links then the toolbar is tailor made for you. It works in Internet Explorer Safari and FireFox. Watch out for Twitter Annoucements to say it has been updated via @expressionweb or just refresh the toolbar via the drop down under the logo on the toolbar, or via a post here.

Expression Web and CSS – Information about CSS

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) divides one’s content from one’s formatting, enabling the webmaster to instantly change fonts, colours and backgrounds to name just a few, Style is as Styles suggests, which means CSS handles the STYLE formatting of your web page (the way it looks), and lets HTML layout the CONTENT. What could be easier?

Learn more about Expression Web and CSS – Information about CSS

Free Setting up Expression Web 4.0 Ebook

Learn how to start off the right way with the New Free Setting up Expression Web 4.0 Ebook

You can also find it on the Microsoft Expression Web Gallery

The Free Setting up Expression Web 3.0 Ebook has also been updated and revised

Why should you bother to follow the free setting up Expression Web ebooks?

Every programme has a settings feature, the designers provide different setups for the user so a user can ‘do it their way’. By choosing the defaults by which you set your application, you are therefore more in control. However, what if you don’t know what methods to choose? That is where the Setting up Expression Web Ebooks come in. Designed with the newbie in mind and even intermediate users who can tweak their way around the settings but let them stand to keep them reminded and nudged about their coding. Therefore providing a best practice experience to help guide you to doing things the Right Way.

If you spot any errors or omissions please drop me a line.