Add custom toolbars to Expression Web 4

Expression Web 4 provides eleven toolbars on the View > Toolbars menu, organized around particular activities, such as editing in Code view, and working with styles or tables. The default toolbars are sensible unless you regularly use only a few buttons from each toolbar; in that case, the default toolbars may clutter and waste valuable space…


Free Green Business Web Site Template

The Expression Web team brought me on their team for the summer to develop the markup for some fresh, new, and best of all, free site templates. I’m pleased to announce our first site template, Green Business (designed by the team’s UX designer, Lena Yeoh), is ready for download: http://gallery.expression.microsoft.com/en-us/GreenBusiness The core layout of every…


Expression Web 4 Licensing FAQ

We’ve received a number of questions about the free upgrade from Expression Web 3 to Expression Web 4.  With this post, I hope to answer the most frequently asked questions and eliminate any confusion. The upgrade path for Expression Web 4 depends on how you acquired Expression Web 3.  If you purchased a retail version…


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 Microsoft Expression Web have a range of features you…


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…


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: ASP.NET 4.0…


Hot or Not? HTML 5

If you’re a web developer, you’ve probably heard a lot about HTML 5, the all-in-one standard to replace HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, and DOM Level 2 HTML. The HTML 5 specification is a 500+ page tome that explains in precise detail every element, attribute and feature that’ll power the next generation of Web applications -…


Holiday Savings on Expression Studio or Expression Web (US only)

Update to this blog post – this offer is extended through Jan 31, 2010! For a limited time there is a discount of 30% on all Microsoft Expression version 3 products (Microsoft Expression Studio + Expression Web, both full and upgrade versions) when purchased through the Microsoft Online Store. A special promo code is NOT…


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 existing and emerging specifications, reliably. The Expression Web team…