Expression Web Tutorials - Expression Web Free Templates

NEWS  - JULY 2015 The Templates section of our website is being revised. Many of the templates are being converted to mobile friendly layouts and will be moved to the mobile-friendly page. These templates are for the more advanced user. Others are being revised but will NOT be made mobile-friendly. Some will be available as both mobile-friendly and as a basic template package.

Welcome to our newly revised mobile friendly website. Some pages have been removed and/or renamed. If you find things that do not work as they should, please Contact Me. If you have questions or would like to suggest an addition to the site, you can let me know by using the Contact Form.

On Dec 20, 2012 Microsoft announced that it was abandoning Expression Web as a front end web development tool. Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Expression Studio 4 Web Professional are no longer available for sale. For customers who previously purchased these products, all components within Ultimate and Web Professional will be supported through their support lifecycle.

Expression Design 4 and Expression Web 4 SP2a are now available for download at no charge. Technical support will NOT be available for these free versions. You can read more about the changes and download the free versions from Microsoft Expression Changes.

Expression Web is a professional design tool that will help YOU design standards compliant websites.  Expression Web is the successor to Microsoft FrontPage BUT is NOT a replacement for FrontPage.  Expression Web is NOT a WYSIWYG editorPrerequisites for Using Microsoft Expression Web  outlines the prerequisites for using Expression Web effectively which requires that you have at least a basic understanding of writing HTML and CSS.

This site along with the accompanying blog, Expression Web Tips, is designed to provide you with tutorials, tips, EBooks, printed books, free templates (DWT) packages and site templates, as well as other resources for Expression Web (all versions).

Now that Expression Web 4 SP2a is FREE, what better time to move from one of the early versions of FrontPage or Expression Web, versions 1, 2, or 3.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web is an eBook that can help you in the migration process. It has been revised to include both service packs 1 and 2. Latest version of the eBook is version 4.0.2. Price $32.00

New on Expression Web Tutorials & Templates

Guide to Dealing With Google's Malware Warnings Steps to follow if this happens to YOU! Added August 2013 

Working with Lists a tutorial on working with the various kinds of lists and how to use them with Expression Web.

Expression Web has a group on Facebook. If you are a FB user, come join us.

Ajatix Email Spam Blocker Expression Web Add-in One of the newest add-ins from Ajatix. Protect your email addresses from spambots. 

Handle Background Transparency in Snagit Editor Like You Would in Photoshop A simple easy way to change the backgrounds of images to transparent.

What Is the Best Font Size for Web Design? A few basic tips in selecting the font size for your web pages.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web is the newest tutorial on our site. It will take you through some of the steps necessary if you are going to move your site from FrontPage (any version) to a standards compliant web editor, Expression Web.

Expression Web and Broken Dynamic Web Templates and hidden metadata files will give you some tips on what to do when you edit and save your Dynamic Web Template and all of the attached pages do NOT update.

Expression Web 4.0 Tutorials 2nd Edition from Install to Publish and More.Expression Web 4.0 Tutorials 2nd Edition from Install to Publish, a FREE EBook by Pat Geary. Updated April 2014 with minor editorial revisions. We'll take you through the entire process of installing Expression Web, creating your first site and publishing the site and throw in a few extras along the way.

Ajatix Image/Banner Rotator - Expression Web Add-In  which also includes a template using rotating images for the masthead.

Working With Left Border Background Images - While this tutorial is geared for those using Expression Web, it will also work for anyone who is using a left border background image.

Sample Contact Form - This sample contact form makes use of James Huggins' Email Form Script. It is available as a zipped file and contains the sample form and style sheet and instructions for editing the form so that it will work on your site. Updated March 2013

Expression Web Site Template - Winter Mobile Friendly Template - Added July 2015
Expression Web Site Template - Mossy Green Site Template - Updated July 2015 Mobile-Friendly
Expression Web Site Template - Autumn Flowers Template - Updated May 2015 Mobile-Friendly
Expression Web Site Template - Ocean Template   - Added May 2015 Mobile-Friendly
Expression Web Site Template - Tor House Site Template - Updated May 2015 Mobile-Friendly

Expression Web Tutorial - Accessible Tables - Accessible Data and Layout Tables
Expression Web Tutorial - Zoom Search and Expression Web
Expression Web Tutorial - Ajatix Expression Web CSS Menu Add-ins Updated May 2015
Expression Web Tutorial - CSS menu Tools Expression Web Add-ins
Expression Web Tutorial - Horizontal Menu Advancer by css menu tools

Expression Web 4.0

As indicated earlier, Expression Web 4 is now available as a free download. It contains both of the service packs listed below and some other fixes.

Expression Web Service Pack 2 Released July 8th - Expression Web 4 SP2 applies significant fixes and improvements to publishing, SuperPreview, file management, extensibility, and other areas of the programs. There are also two new videos from Microsoft:

Expression Web Dynamic Web Templates and Site Templates

This section of the site includes css based layout Expression Web Dynamic Web Templates or DWT's in both fluid and fixed width layouts you can use for your design needs. The are well commented and a good way to get a head start on your site design.

Expression Web comes with a series of DWT's you can use to design your sites. These I call "in box" templates and I have written about them on my Expression Web Tips blog. If you decide to use any of the generic templates that come with Expression Web, I advise you to read the above article BEFORE you start your project.

Our sister site, Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web has recently had a complete makeover. The site is now divided into two parts: one for the E-book and supporting files and an exciting new section for Expression Web default site templates. These template packages can be added to the generic templates that ship with all versions of Expression Web.

There are four sets of default site templates. Two sets are geared for newbies and two sets for the more advanced user.

Expression Web Site Templates.The first series  of seventeen templates are aimed at the less advanced user. The DWT Site Templates are based on some of those available with the CSS Sculptor program that WAS an add-in available for Expression Web versions 1 and 2. All of the templates are heavily commented in both the CSS and HTML to help you in the learning process. They also include a series of tutorials on how to use the templates.

Also you will find five equal-height column site templates that can be installed to the generic templates already available.

Also included is a series of seven content first site templates. These are available for all but are aimed at the more advanced user. This site uses one of the content first templates which does just what it says - present your main content first  in the html code. These are offered as both a personal web package as as zipped files AND as a set to add to your EW software.

The last series added are a set of seven Mobile Friendly Site Templates. Again the CSS and HTML has been heavily commented but working with them requires a knowledge of both skills. Updated May 2015

There are detailed instructions on how to add ALL of the templates to your Expression Web software.

You can read more about this exciting new project, view the actual site templates included and download them from Expression Web Site Templates.

Expression Web 3.0, 2.0, and 1.0

If you are still using an earlier version of Expression Web, you should update to to the newly available Expression Web version 4 SP2a. The price is right as it is FREE! You really have nothing to loose as the new version will NOT overwrite your older version.

Download Expression Web Free Version.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web EBook

Have you been using FrontPage to design your websites? Do you use themes, shared borders and the navigation bots along with any of the other bots available. When you look at the source code, do you see lots of font tags?

Would you like to move up to Expression Web which is Microsoft’s successor to FrontPage and have the ability to create standards compliant code? Would you like to learn how to do this in the easiest possible way? With Expression Web 4 now available for free, why wait.

 If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web EBook is just what you are looking for.

The eBook is available for purchase and has been revised to include Expression Web 4.0 SP2  Buy Migrating from FrontPage to Expression EBook. Price: $32.00

Major Revision: The EBook has been revised to cover the release of EW4 SP1 and SP2. Purchasing the book now entitles you to life-time updates (as it always has). The revised edition includes new tutorials as well as three new templates which makes a total of fourteen. A new collection of Expression Web queries will also be included in the revised edition. 

Expression Web Tutorials

This section of the site will include Expression Web tutorials to help you use the program to your best advantage. If there are additional tutorials you would like to see, let Pat Geary know. You can also download my  FREE eBook Expression Web Tutorials.

Some of the tutorials are for the earlier versions of Expression Web. These are in the process of being combined with the tutorials for EW4.

Expression Web Add-ins

Expression Web Add-ins are programs you install on your computer that add functions to EW that were not part of the original program. Some of the Add-ins are free and some are  commercial products available for sale. Some of the new add-ins are being released that will work with all versions of Expression Web. Some will only work with specific versions.

Jim Cheshire, the author of Microsoft Expression Web 4 In Depth, has included a complete section (several chapters) on building add-ins for Expression Web 4 using the new JavaScript add-in model. When you register the book at informIT you get access to a PDF copy of the book which contains the bonus material.

This is the only complete reference for developing add-ins in Expression Web 4 currently available. Not only do these chapters walk you through the creation of an add-in, but they also contain valuable reference information such as the internal IDs of each and every menu item and panel in Expression Web 4 so that you can place menu items and panels exactly where you want them. It also includes a complete reference on the entire add-in object model and API, complete with example code and tips. These chapters will be available hopefully in early February as a stand-alone eBook entitled Creating Microsoft Expression Web 4 Add-ins.

Expression Web eBooks

An e-book (also: eBook, ebook) is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. Each of these Expression Web eBooks is written to help you get the most out of using Expression Web. Some of the eBooks are FREE for download and I have indicated which those are. Many of them were written by my good friend Tina Clarke.

Expression Web Resources

Some of the many Expression Web resources available to help you learn more about using Expression Web including video tutorials, mailing lists, books, and online classes.

BlueHost Tutorials

Since I have chosen to use BlueHost as my hosting company, I will be adding tutorials for setting up your server space and using Expression Web with BlueHost. All of the BlueHost tutorials are also available as a FREE EBook in pdf format zipped for faster download. Download BlueHost Tutorials EBook.


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