current mood: annoyed
Well, the other day I received an email from Yahoo Web Hosting informing me that as of Sept 12, 2011 they will no longer be supporting MS Front Page. Basically this mean you will no longer be able to automatically publish updates through Front Page, and Front Page "extension" like hit counters and forms will no longer function. But I don't use any of those kinds of things, but I do use "themes." Unfortunately I don't know if themes would be considered an "extension" or not or if that is simply an old way of referring to a cascading style sheet.
If I can continue to use Front Page simply as a basic HTML editor and continue to do live edits, that would be great! It would save me a lot of headaches. If not... well, that's a different story. Yahoo Web Hosting does support Front Page's replacement (Expressions Web 4 Professional) so now I'm trying to decide if I want to go ahead and buy it ($99 via Amazon.com) or wait to see if I can still get by with Front Page 2003. I don't do anything really fancy with my websites, so I don't need a fancy piece of software for them. If I did... and had the cash... I'd go with Dreamweaver.
I have downloaded the 60 day free trial of Expressions Web 4 Pro to play around with, if Front Page is out completely I'll be ready to go with something else, but if I can save myself the expense I'd prefer to. Although, Expressions does have something cool to recommend it: you can design web pages in Photoshop and import them directly into Expressions. That has some rather intriguing possibilities. Guess I'll just have to wait and see how big a pain in the ass learning Expressions is going to be and if I'm actually going to have any problems with Yahoo and Front Page after Sept 12th. I probably will eventually upgrade to Expressions, but I'd rather wait until later this winter when I don't have the temptation of playing outside in the garden to distract me from a major update of my websites.
Guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens next week...