In October of 1995, just a few short months after Microsoft launched Windows 95, a company called Vermeer Technologies launched what it called a World Wide Web publishing and site management tool called FrontPage 1.0. The application featured a WYSIWYG HTML editor, an Explorer tool, which provided you with a graphical view of your page links, and a personal Web server, which allowed you to preview your site locally. There were many other great features included in the package such as the ability to create threaded discussion groups, a collection of templates, automated scripts called WebBots, and much more.
FrontPage 1.0 was such a great tool and worked so well with Internet Explorer, the Microsoft couldn’t stand not being in control of it. Plus the fact that at the time Microsoft was heatedly competing with Netscape Communications which at the time was working on a similar products: a Web site manager called LiveWire and an HTML editor called Netscape Navigator Gold.
In January 1996, just 2 months after Vermeer launched FrontPage; Microsoft acquired Vermeer and soon began the process of Microsofting FrontPage. In June of 1996, just 6 months later, the product was reborn as Microsoft FrontPage 1.1.and sported a host of new and improved features including close integration with Microsoft Office. The new version carried a retail price of $149, down from the $695 that Vermeer charged for the 1.0 version.
In this gallery of images, I’ll show you what Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 looked like.
Image created by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.
We were better off using a text editor to do html than this. I had so many problems with this software, that I often reverted to using a simple text editor to write web pages.
Should have mentioned... no versions of FrontPage will run in Windows7. We run it in XP Mode, where it works just fine.
While our web work is done mainly with Dreamweaver and WordPress, we still use FrontPage 2000 to maintain two of our sites, and we sometimes drop back to FP98. The Include Component feature is just too easy, and it's such a part of our sites that we continue to take advantage of FP extensions on our servers. Truth be told, though it isn't as powerful as DW, FrontPage is a better work environment. One of our sites was named a Top FP Site by Microsoft way back when. And to answer the question, we used FP95 to create our first site -- but AOL Press was our first tool for kludging together web pages. (Anyone remember Microsoft ImageComposer, which shipped with early versions of FrontPage? Again, a great little tool that's so easy to use, we turn to it more often than our Adobe tools simply because it's quick.)
It was clunky, but the beauty of FrontPage-and the FrontPage 2003 version I am still using-was that someone who needed to build a website could do so using skills already aquired in using Word. I still need to maintain that website, but my machine needs to be replaced and I need to move to Windows 7 and Office 2010 to comunicate with "my" users. What do I do now for a website builder/maintainer? I'm too old to learn to code.
Did you use FrontPage 95 to create your first Web site? If so, take a look at these images and reminisce. Do they bring back memories?