Expression Web 4.0 Add-ins - Installing Expression Web 4 Add-ins
If you are using an earlier version of Expression Web, EW version 4 SP2a is now available FREE so there is no reason not to upgrade.
Creating an Expression Web Add-in by Jim Cheshire
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 are available as a stand-alone eBook entitled Creating Add-ins for Microsoft Expression Web 4.
What is an Expression Web Add-in?
An Expression Web Add-in, is an external software package that provides additional or enhanced functionality within Expression Web 4.
How to Install Add-ins?
NOTE: Many of the commercial add-ins come as an executable file. Once you have downloaded the add-in, double click the .exe file and follow the instructions for that particular add-in.
Step 1: Launch Expression Web 4.0. Go to 'Tools' on the menu and select 'Add-Ins.'
Step 2: In the 'Manage Add-ins' dialog box click the 'Install' button.
NOTE: If this is the first Add-in you have installed, the list will not yet be populated.
Step 3: Browse to the location on your computer where you downloaded the Add-in. Click 'Open.' The add-in will end with the file extension .xadd. The add-in will be installed.
Step 4: Once installed, you will be asked if you want to enable the add-in. The screen will give you all of the information on the particular add-in you are installing. Click 'Yes.'
Step 5: If you once again click 'Tools' on the menu bar and select 'Add-ins' you will see the list has now been populated with your first add-in.
Using the Expression Web Add-ins
Step 6: Depending on the add-ins you have installed, they will be available at a number of locations. Go to 'Panels' and select the Add-in. In this case Payment Buttons for PayPal.
Go to 'Insert' and select the Add-in.
It is as simple as that.
Expression Web Free Add-ins
Steve Easton’s FPCleaner supports FrontPage (2000-2003), Expression Web (all versions) as well as SharePoint Designer 2007. Best of all this program is FREE. It is one of the programs I have consistently recommended if you have problems with the FrontPage and/or Expression Web as it cleans up the clutter of files that are left behind. It does not require installation and runs from your desktop. This is one of the essential tools in my arsenal of tools for web design work.
FPCleaner supports FrontPage 2000-2003, Expression Web 1.0 and 2.0, and Sharepoint Designer 2007
FPCleaner Expression Web 3.0 supports Expression Web 3.0.
FP Cleaner for Expression Web 4.0 supports Expression Web 4.0.
- Restore Default Toolbars and Menus
- Change the Open Last Web Setting
- Clear the Hidden Temporary Files
- Clear the Hidden Cache (*.web) Files
- Clear the Find Replace MRU List
- Start the Program
Contact Form Generator for Expression Web
ASP Contact Form Generator is a FREE, online tool that will generate an email contact form, including the back-end VB ASP.NET code, HTML form fields, field validators, a customizable confirmation message, a basic security test to minimize form SPAM, and more. No programming knowledge is required.
The form that this tool generates takes full advantage of ASP.NET 2.0 (the same technology required for Master Pages). The generated form and script must be placed in an ASP.NET page (.aspx) and deployed to a windows web server that supports ASP.NET 2.0 (not just ASP or ASP.NET or ASP.NET 1.1, but ASP.NET 2.0). FrontPage Server Extensions are NOT required.
The Contact Form Generator is not an add-in but a separate tool but works with all current versions of Expression Web.
The add-ins listed below are available FREE for Expression Web 4:
- SlapShot for Expression Web 4 - SlapShot is based on the SnapShot panel, in that you can easily preview a page without loading a browser, however SlapShot extends the features of SnapShot by including full ActiveX support (Silverlight®, Flash®, and so on), as well as interactivity within the page (including navigation).
- Expression Web Add-ins by Ian Hayes all can be downloaded from his site.
- Sub/Sup Text Add-in for Expression Web 4 - The add-in puts two new buttons on the "Standard" toolbar for <sub> and <sup> text..
- Code Comment Add-In for Expression Web 4 - This add-in adds the comment CSS functionality and provides three new icons on the "Standard" toolbar
- Close All' Add-In for Expression Web V4 allows you to close all open pages in EW with one click. It puts an icon on both the Standard and Common toolbars
- Add Feed Add-in allows you to easily add a Twitter or RSS feed on your site? Note:
- WordPaste Add-in - Allows you to paste clean HTML from Microsoft Word™ documents. This add-in pastes the text and the basic HTML structure, giving a far better result than pasting via NotePad and making the job very much easier.
- HTML5 Placeholder - HTML5 adds the 'placeholder' attribute to <input> tags, allowing you to display a watermark prompt. This can be useful for form input in small spaces, where you can still have labels for accessibility hidden outside the viewport. Most HTML5 browsers support this but if the page is viewed in an older browser, the watermark is lost.
- Meta Tag snippets for xWeb V4 SP2 - adds two groups of snippets for normal meta tags - Meta and Robots Meta Tags.
- Insert Bing Map Add-in by Mike Calvo
- Insert a You Tube Video - Add-in to insert You Tube videos on your web page. Available from the Expression Gallery.
Expression Web 4.0 Commercial Add-ins
The add-ins made by both Ajatix and CSSMenuTools work with all versions of Expression Web as well as FrontPage.
- Email Spam Blocker Expression Web Add-In by Ajatix
- Maps & Directions - Expression Web Add-In by Ajatix
- Advanced CSS Drop Down Menu Expression Web by Ajatix. You can see a sample of this menu used on my FREE Ocean Template.
- Pure CSS Menu Expression Web by Ajatix - A tutorial on how to use the CSS Menu Add-in with sample templates. (This Expression Web Add-in works with all versions of Expression Web as well as Microsoft FrontPage 2003, 2002, 2000.)
- Lightbox Expression Web by Ajatix - A tutorial on how to add the lightbox to your site and an example gallery. (This Expression Web Add-in works with all versions of Expression Web as well as Microsoft FrontPage 2003, 2002, 2000.)
- Banner/Image Rotator by Ajatix - A tutorial on how to use the Banner/Image Rotator with examples. (This Expression Web Add-in works with all versions of Expression Web as well as Microsoft FrontPage 2003, 2002, 2000.)
- Horizontal Menu Advancer by CSSMenuTools, You can see a sample of this menu with my FREE Red and Black Site Template.
- Accordion Menu Advancer by CSSMenuTools
- LightBox Advancer by CSSMenuTools
- Vertical Menu Advancer by CSSMenuTools
- ToolTips Advancer by CSSMenuTools
- SalesCart Express by ShoppingCart - A fully complete Ecommerce solution and shopping cart add-in that you invoke directly from Expression Web and the toolbar allowing you to quickly add products and build a complete online storefront. Free, fully functional 30-day trial is 100% convertible after 30 days.
Copyright © 2010 Pat Geary of Expression Web Tutorials and Templates, All Rights Reserved
Written June 2010 Revised July 2012
Revised April 2013