When will the Virtual server be shut off?
Can I still use FrontPage?
What about OmniUpdate?
Will the server have FTP access?
Will scripting will be supported on the new YCCD Web Hosting Server? What are the server specs?
The final cut-off date for the Virtual Server is December 20, 2010. Please review the timeline for the Virtual Server Shut-off.
In 2006, Microsoft announced it would cease support of FrontPage and its proprietary server extensions. Since then, Microsoft has not released upgrades or security patches for the FrontPage product. The reasoning behind the move away from FrontPage has to do with the product's end-of-life.
Up until 4/15/2010, YCCD and MJC had adopted the recommendation to migrate away from FrontPage 2003 towards Sharepoint Designer. However, Microsoft has shifted its migration path for Web editor tools. It no longer recommends SharePoint Designer for FrontPage users and, after May 12, 2010, Microsoft will no longer have a "free" Web editor available.
In light of this recent shift, faculty will still be able to use FrontPage 2003 as Microsoft plans to extend support and patches for this product until 2014. However, you may find that it's time for an upgrade away from FrontPage.
Keep in mind, extended training and support will focus on using OmniUdpate, the College's convenient and easy-to-use content management system, rather than on the myriad of editors available on the market (freeware and commercial). We will review how to connect to the YCCD Web Hosting Server from FrontPage and a few other editors which support WebDAV. See 4/28/2010 update about WebDAV and FTPES functionality which affects using FrontPage on the YCCD Web Hosting Server.
The target date for when OmniUpdate will be available to faculty is May 2010 June 2010. Training has been scheduled for June - Sign up! OmniUpdate is the College's easy, browser-based content management system. You will be able to choose from a variety of templates which you can personalize with pictures and even your own color pallete.
Yes, the YCCD Web Hosting Server will support FTP access. It is, technically, FTPES which is FTP over explicit TLS/SSL. WebDAV will continue to be supported.
Updated 4/28/2010: WebDAV and FTPES functionality are completely down on the YCCD Web Hosting Server. IT is currently working to resolve this bug. This affects those who want to build a custom Web site and connect to the server from home, as well as those who want to use FrontPage to edit sites on new server. Virtual server is not affected. We anticipate WebDAV and FTPES functionality to be restored sometime in June/July. Currently we are able to move forward with OmniUpdate template training beginning in June.
Yes, scripting is supported. See Web server specifications.
This is a living document. (Last revised 5/19/10).