IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding the types of Web components
Inserting Web components
One of the most commonly used features of FrontPage is Web components, which provide prewritten functionality for use in Web sites. Web components, such as FrontPage forms, search forms, page hit counters, etc., offered with FrontPage have been quite popular and are used exceedingly on Web sites that support FPSE. The readiness and ease of usage of these Web components make them a choice for many Web site designers looking to quickly implement advanced Web site operations. SharePoint Designer inherits most of these Web components from FrontPage 2003 and allows Web site designers to use them on FPSE-based and, in some cases, SharePoint Web sites.
Each of these Web components provides an effortless interface that allows Web designers to set their properties and attributes. After a Web component is inserted on a Web page, a designer configures its properties by using the SharePoint Designer user interface and then saves the Web page. At runtime, based on the properties set for the Web component, a server-side code (usually implemented by FPSE or SharePoint) renders the HTML for the Web component to be displayed in a browser so that a Web site visitor can interface with the component. In this way, the Web component hides its code implementation from the Web designer, allowing him or her to simply make some settings for the component rather than ...