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FrontPage will not publish and my Wordpress is not working

In 2006 Microsoft discontinued support for the FrontPage Extensions. We have decided to no longer provide for FrontPage Extensions and recommend that you use FTP or WebDAV instead.


Have FrontPage extensions and Wordpress installed on account. Was working fine in the past, but now cannot connect with FrontPage and Wordpress does not link properly.


On our Linux/Unix based servers the Microsoft FrontPage extensions, and Wordpress permalinks work with very well separately. However, when you try to use both on the same domain or folder on your hosting account they can conflict with each other each time you add or make changes to the wordpress permalink settings (for example if you change the permalink settings to be date-based like /2005/04/etc instead of name-based like /postname/).

Now, the problem is that MS FrontPage uses the .htaccess file (which the Wordpress mod_rewrite rules must go into also) for it is "publishing" and "web authoring" configuration. As soon as the Wordpress mod_rewrite code required for Wordpress permalinks is added to the file, two things happen:

  1. The permalinks do not work.
  2. The MS FrontPage Server extensions become corrupted.

The solution is actually quite simple.

If you are using or wish to use MS FrontPage along with Wordpress, you'll need to take the following simple steps on your server.

MS FrontPage creates the following directory _vti_bin. Nested within that it creates both _vti_adm and _vti_aut.

In addition to in your website (or Wordpress) root folder in all of those directories, you will find additional .htaccess files.

In all three of these directories AND in the root directory, at the TOP of ALL of the .htaccess files you simply need to add one line:

Options +FollowSymlinks

There may or may not already be a line in each. Regardless, add the Symlinks line and save each .htaccess file and you are almost done.

There is one last change that you need to make to the _vti_bin/.htaccess file. Add this line to the top:

RewriteEngine on
This will disable the wordpress rewrites for the _vti_bin/ and it's subfolders so that the frontpage authentication doesn't get redirected to your wordpress index.php file. Now everything works perfectly, including MS FrontPage AND the permalinks of your choosing.

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