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By BorgInva ·
I use Microsof Frontpage to create my web pages (personal site using MS IIS v5.1 on XP SP2). The document that contains the frames is main.html and is the default in IIS. I use the frame feature so every page uses the same frame of links on the left. The My problem is that the web address on the top of the page is always the main web link. For example, www.me.com. When I click the link for pictures you would think the address becomes www.me.com/pictures but it does not. The address stays the same no matter what page I go to. However, if I type in www.me.com/pictures, it gives me the correct page but without the left side frame of links.
What can I do to make it that for all my pages when I give people a direct link to a certain page, it will still have the frames?
Thanks.
So, I need to know what I can do to give people the address me.com/family and it takes them to that FAMILY page WITH the left side links from the main frame HTML?

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by T313C0mun1s7 In reply to Web Links and Frames

What version of FrontPage are you using? If you are using 2003 I would very highly suggest using templates instead of frames. Frames have several inherent problems. It is a legacy technology with unknown support in future browsers. It requires you to target all your links. Most search engine spiders are not frames compatible. Of course the list goes on to include the issue are having and many more as well.

By using a template (or even shared border if you are using an older version of FrontPage) you keep the ability to create the content once and have it propagate across several pages. Also changes you make to one copy get reflected in all the other copies. If I understand your question correctly this addresses your main concern.

If you must continue to use frames for some reason; for example you are wishing to learn frames and how they work then here is an explanation of what I think is going on.

Frames pages consist of multiple pages. The frameset is the main page and it holds the pointers to the pages contained within. One advantage to this is you can (somewhat) hide the names of your pages by loading only content pages and targeting these content pages to part of the frameset. In this way the main frameset page never changes and you only reload the content in the targeted portion of the frameset. I believe this is what you are doing. If you what to load a whole new page using frames, then you need to create a whole new frameset for each page. You also need to create new content for each area of the frameset. You can reuse common content like your links by just specifying the same page in each frameset.

To summarize what you would to do fix your issue and keep using frames (not suggested) you would need to replace the html in pictures.htm so that it is a frameset page. You would then need to change the link target to _parent. Finally you would need to create a new page with the content that was in pictures.htm before it became a frameset. Good Luck.

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Comment from BorgInva on 07/26/05 :
Frontpage 2003
Comment from BorgInva on 07/26/05 :
Sorry, it is a template. Should have mentioned that before. PAGE TEMPLATES > FRAMES > Banner and Contents.

Does any of this better help explain my structure?

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by BorgInva In reply to Web Links and Frames

Frontpage 2003

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by BorgInva In reply to Web Links and Frames

Sorry, it is a template. Should have mentioned that before. PAGE TEMPLATES > FRAMES > Banner and Contents.

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