Eskind Biomedical Library
The majority of the site is built and managed in Frontier. There are many people responsible for the various areas. Content Server
would be perfect, but we don't have a Mac or NT server on which to run
Frontier (our server infrastructure is Novell and Sun). I've duplicated the
Web site table structure in directories on the Netware server and taught
people the basics of the #directive and glossary mechanisms. I have a script
on my workstation that scans the directory once or twice a day (it's still
in development and I'm running it manually), loads the changed files into
the Web site table, and renders them. There's a staff directory that is
output as tab-delimited text from an Access database, and Frontier uses that
to generate the overall staff directory and the list of members of each
Tommy Williams, Tommy.Williams@Vanderbilt.Edu
Foundation for the Carolinas
The Foundation for the Carolinas site is a working example of the power and
efficiency of Frontier's website building capabilities. Working for a
non-profit client, we had to convey their message in a cost-effective
manner. Using Frontier enabled us to work smartly and efficiently, which
kept the client's costs to a minimum. We made extensive use of templates
and link macros that shaved off many hours of work, separating the content
from the structure of the website. The link macros helped us keep
navigation consistent througout the site, automatically listing all the
choices for that subsection and also the main section links, greying out
the links where appropriate. Even with last minute client changes to
section or page titles, the project went smoothly and quickly.
- Bryan Skelton, email@example.com
The Birman Home Page
The Birman Home Page is an project that I started a couple of years ago.
The idea was pretty simple - create a web site to share information about
Birman cats. Little did I know where it would lead me.
There is definitely a learning curve - sometimes a curve that is
just downright hard. The problem is that as I made progress, I would find
more that I could do, which would lead to learning more and exploring.
Frontier is, well, just amazing!
Frontier makes it easy for me to manage the site. The object database and
scripting engine is a combination that makes it possible to do really cool
- Dave Kopper, firstname.lastname@example.org
the award-winning student newspaper at Southern Illinois University
Frontier has allowed us to create a better design and include the
navigation links that our users require without adding an extra
frame. Previously we used three frames with the site - an ad frame on
top, navigation on the left and copy in the "middle".
Our pages have cleaner HTML code because it is generated from the
Frontier database instead of typed in under the pressure of deadline.
I look forward to the future, when resources (i.e., an old Mac) can
be setup as a Frontier server to let editors e-mail stories straight
to the web site.
- Kelly Thomas - WebMaster, email@example.com
- James Butler - Asst. WebMaster, firstname.lastname@example.org
The James Beard Foundation Awards
When designing this site, our biggest problem was that the day the site
supposed to be launched, would be the day of the announcement of The James
Beard Foundation Awards nomination. However, we would not receive the
nominee lists until 3 o'clock that day, and the site must be up by 8
o'clock. With 6 award categories and 51 different awards, hand coding the
site is not an option. When the nomination day came, after I got the
final lists from The James Beard Foundation, I used BBEdit's grep pattern
search and replace function to format the nominee lists into my XML
format. Then I ran the XML objects thru a script that gave them a nice
format. And, we met the deadline!.
- Kam On Cheung, email@example.com
Wytheville Community College
Almost all of our content is in one kind of database or another.
This is what enables us to offer the same content in different site
sections, and with a different look for each. There is only one set
of content, but multiple ways of presenting that content. For
static pages that (typically) do not require searching, the content
resides in the Frontier database, but for dynamic content such as
our news which changes daily (if not more often), the content
resides in Microsoft Access and is retrieved and edited via SQL
(There is a full description of the project online)
- David Carter-Tod, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gibraltar: progressive and pyschedelic rock webzine
Gibraltar began as the usual mailing list digest. Once I got familiar with
Frontier, I decided to expand the list into a monthly "Webzine" that
features articles, columns and reviews of progressive and pyschedelic rock.
- Mike Taylor, email@example.com
UNo MAS: online zine
Quite simply, without a tool like Frontier, UNo MAS would not
exist...because the time commitment to manage a growing site like this
would become too burdensome.
Adding a review is now a simple menu command "New Review". An ODB table is
created, I cut and paste in review text, reviewer's name, etc. and the next
time I render the site, it is added to all indexes, and to the list of
recent reviews on the home page, with no additional effort. Templates for
reviews and indexes also allow me to easily revise the appearrance of the
reviews as well. If a new section of reviews is needed, it is
automatically built and added to the site.
- Greg Pierce, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cow Creek/Umpqua Tribal Web site
Leveraging Frontier's built-in strengths and standard tools, maintaining,
updating and refining 300+ pages with over 4500 links (all unbroken and
completely forgotten, thanks to Frontier) is a pleasure.
Easy, clear navigation emphasizing the almost immediate delivery of
information in a consistent, elegantly simple manner are Frontier's key
strengths. Take those strengthens and pare them to the bone in a
decidedly low-tech website - no fancy hi-tech trickery here - just the
most minimal of basic HTML.
- David Handy, email@example.com
Australian native plant page.
When I want a link that goes back to the appropriate plant family, a macro checks the name of the object against the case statement, and returns the full link to the calling object. When I add a new photo, this macro also reminds me to add the page into this script!
- Ben Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jefferson Report
Content is mailed out everyday to a mailing list. With a custom script, it
takes me about 1 minute to update the site and add the daily commentary to
the site. Text and etc. is grabbed out of Eudora, pumped into F5, links
updated, pages rendered.
- Eric Folley, email@example.com
Dialogis Software & Services GmbH
The site is bilingual, and having a way to automate the language switch is, all by itself, enough reason for me to love Frontier forever.
- e sommer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newspaper at a small Danish university.
The main motivation has been to arrive in my present
situation where the worst part of making side-wide design changes is
going to be all the coffee I'll have to drink while watching Frontier do all the work!
- Ulrik H. Gade, email@example.com