August, 2007

  • Expression Web team blog

    ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool


    The ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool lets you configure different aspects of your ASP.NET website through a simple interface in your web browser. You can use the ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool to setup users and passwords, create roles (groups of users), and create permissions for your website. (For more information about this tool, see Web Site Administration Tool Overview on the MSDN website.)

    ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool

    For example, you can restrict access to your website to the users you specify in the  ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool and then use the Login controls in Expression Web to design your login and security pages:

    Login controls in Toolbox Task Pane

    Unfortunately, Expression Web 1.0 doesn’t provide a way to launch the ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool; in fact, if you attempt to launch the tool from Expression Web, a dialog appears stating “The ASP.NET Web site administration service is not supported.” 

    But don't believe everything you read in a dialog box! The ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool can be supported in Expression Web with a little help from John Dixon, a test lead on the Expression Web team, who documented a way for you to launch and use the ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool from Expression Web. He’s blogged about it on his blog at Check it out! Thanks John!  


    ( If you don't want to use John's work-around, you can download and install the free program Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition at and launch the ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool from that program.)

  • Expression Web team blog

    Submitting Feedback About Expression Web


    We have a new Connect website setup for you to submit suggestions and bug reports about Expression Web or any other Expression product, including Expression Blend, Expression Design, Expression Media, and Expression Media Encoder:

    Up until now, the Expression Web team has used the Connect: Expression Web site to gather bug reports and suggestions from Expression Web users like you. The team behind Expression Web regularly reviewed these submissions – and you have sent us some excellent feedback, thank you! On Friday August 17th, 2007 we will take down the existing Expression Web program in Connect and transition over to the Connect website we have setup for all Expression Studio products. 

    The Connect website for Expression Studio provides a feedback form that allows you to submit feedback for any program in the Expression Studio line of products, including Expression Web. The feedback you submit for Expression Web continues to go directly to the Expression Web development team, and you can still vote on, validate, and comment on the feedback of others.

    Although feedback you and others have submitted to the original Connect website for Expression Web is not available within the new Expression Studio Connect website, all previous feedback remains active in our internal database which we use to track issues and feature requests.

    Thanks again for all of your feedback, please continue providing it, and we look forward to your participation in the new Connect: Expression Studio website!

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