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  • Blog Post: Using the Expression Web SEO Checker

    Expression Web 4 provides a new reporting tool: the SEO Checker , which helps you optimize the pages in your site for discovery and indexing by search engines. Pages that follow good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) guidelines rank higher in search-engine results, helping people find your site more easily...
  • Blog Post: Create useful, professional-Looking add-ins for Expression Web 4

    Expression Web 4 enables developers familiar with web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to easily extend the functionality of the product. A useful add-in that was demoed at the product launch lets you insert a Bing map into your web page. In this blog post, I’ll provide a detailed...
  • Blog Post: Improve Your Site’s Search Ranking

    Expression Web 4 (released last week!) has a powerful new Search Engine Optimization (SEO) reporting tool that identifies potential SEO problems in your site. This tool makes it very convenient to automatically locate mark-up patterns that might be compromising your page rankings. But all versions of...
  • Blog Post: Easily create an Add-in for Expression Web 4 with the Add-in Builder

    With today's launch of Expression Web 4 , we’ve made extending Expression Web’s functionality easier than ever. Developers can create Add-ins for Expression Web by using HTML, JavaScript and CSS standards they already know! We have also simplified integrating your Add-ins into Expression...
  • Blog Post: Rule over the true powers of Find

    A guest post for the Expression Web Team Blog by Morten Rand-Hendriksen If you use Expression Web or most any text editing and reading software, you likely already use the Find feature to search for text. But if you’re one of the few who is not using the Find feature in Expression Web, you are likely...
  • Blog Post: Different types of hyperlinks

    There are three types of links that can be used in a web page: relative, and site root relative, and absolute. Which one is correct to use depends on the location of the page to which it links. Relative Links A relative link points to a location that is relative to the current page. Having a link...
  • Blog Post: Using an Access 2007 database with ASP.NET 3.5 and Expression Web 3

    One question that we occasionally hear from Expression Web users is “How do I use my Access 2007 database on my ASP.NET site?” First, the not so great news: Expression Web 3 supports ASP.NET 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5. These versions of ASP.NET do not support Access 2007 data connections. Now, the great news...
  • Blog Post: Increase your search rankings with better web page titles

    Are you still waiting for a flood of visitors to find your site? Wondering if you need to invest in some online ads or an SEO specialist? Before you do any heavy lifting, first try the simple task of reviewing the titles of your web pages for their search relevance. I just published the following post...
  • Blog Post: How to register your custom Site Template with Expression Web 1,2 or 3

    A few months ago, I went to Paul, who is one of our Lead Developer to suggest, what I thought is a great new feature, that we should enable our users to register their own Site Templates so that they will be available on the New Site dialog.Then Paul kindly told me that I can do that today. I was pleasantly...
  • Blog Post: Moving to Web Standards with SuperPreview

    Internet Explorer 8 was an important release because it signaled a renewed emphasis on Web Standards at Microsoft. My team—which develops the authoring tool, Expression Web—is also pretty emphatic about Web Standards. We’re in the process of doing significant tooling (and retooling) so we can support...
  • Blog Post: Saffron Stroke: Expression Web tips and tricks

    Minal Agarwal is a web and graphics designer who maintains a helpful blog at http://saffronstroke.com/ which is full of tips and tricks for Expression Web users as well as CSS hacks and web page templates . Minal has also contributed several articles to http://www.dotnetcurry.com for their Expression...
  • Blog Post: Solve Expression Web installation problems

    The team that provides technical support for Expression Web maintains a very helpful blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/xwebsupport , which I’ve just added to our blog roll. Their latest post provides solutions for solving problems with installing Expression Web 2: http://blogs.msdn.com/xwebsupport/archive...
  • Blog Post: New content portal for FrontPage users transitioning to Expression Web

    The Expression community website has a new portal devoted exclusively to helping FrontPage users transition to using Expression Web: http://expression.microsoft.com/frontpage The FrontPage to Expression Web portal currently features: A Getting Started area: A Community Resources area that presents a...
  • Blog Post: Manage your FPSE Site permissions without using FrontPage 2003

    When former FrontPage users first start using Expression Web, a common question is “How do I edit the permissions to my Website or subweb?”. While FrontPage 2003 provides users the ability to manage permissions to their FPSE Website through an Administration Website linked to from the application...
  • Blog Post: Looking up HEX values in Photoshop

    I've written up a few tips on quick ways to look up hexadecimal values in your document in Photoshop. Check it out: http://blogs.msdn.com/anna/archive/2009/02/11/the-vexing-hunt-for-hex-values.aspx Anna
  • Blog Post: CSS Layouts without the headache

    Hi, I’m Beck Weinhold, one of the newest testers on the Expression Web team and also a newcomer to the world of CSS layouts. While there have been a couple of excellent posts here recently about writing your own CSS layout from scratch, at my skill level I’m really only ready to get started with the...
  • Blog Post: Understanding and Unleashing the Power of CSS Layouts

    The latest version of the Expression newsletter was emailed to subscribers today and includes the following two articles: “Understanding and unleashing the power of CSS layouts”, written by our newest Expression Web MVP, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Creative Director of Pink & Yellow Media . Read it online...
  • Blog Post: Newer constructs are recommended

    Have you ever been puzzled by the tip “Newer constructs are recommended” while working in the Code view of your page in Expression Web? If so, check out my blog post Better error messages “are recommended” , which is devoted to helping users decipher that tip! http://blogs.msdn.com/anna/archive/2009...
  • Blog Post: New online web development training on lynda.com

    Lynda.com has released two new training modules for Expression Web 2, delivered by Brian Wood, including CSS Workflow and Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web .
  • Blog Post: Training: Web development essentials

    Joshua Eklnud recently published a series of training videos on how to use Expression Web, including videos on: CSS-based layout Rich data presentations Server technology All are available at http://www.microsoft.com/web/search.aspx?tagcb=Expression%20Web
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Microsoft FrontPage to Microsoft Expression Web - Part1

    Updating your site with standards-compliant HTML FrontPage helped bring WYSIWYG publishing to the World Wide Web. Since those early beginnings, however, the web has changed; countless new technologies have emerged, evolved, and slipped into obscurity. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has led the...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Web Pages "Behave" by Swapping Images

    I used Expression Design to layout and create the elements for my wedding homepage (see my blog Composing a Wedding Page in Expression Design ) and then used Expression Web to position them on the page. In this post I will describe how to use Expression Web to add image swapping behavior to the page...
  • Blog Post: Using a Tracing Image to Guide Web Page Layout

    I used Expression Design to layout and create the elements for my wedding homepage (see my blog Composing a Wedding Page in Expression Design .) In this post I will describe how to use Expression Web to layout those elements on the page based on the composition image. Using a Tracing Image is one...
  • Blog Post: Composing a Webpage Layout Using Expression Design

    Hey everybody, I'm Greg Smith, a new tester on the Expression Web team. In August of 2008 I was lucky enough to marry the woman of my dreams with a small wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. I really enjoy web design and while I am not a professional web designer, I get to play one at my new job as a software...
  • Blog Post: Use a dataview to create a color table from XML

    I’m Steve Schermerhorn, one of the new developers on the Expression Web team. When I’m developing a website or application I’m typically dealing with a wide range of colors throughout my project. On more than one occasion it would have been really handy to have a visual reference that also mapped...
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