Expression Web “in box” Templates

Expression Web comes with a series of “in box” templates that you can use to get started with. If you go to

Expression Web 1.0 and 2.0: File > New > Web Site > Templates

Expression Web 3.0 and 4.0:  Site > New Site > Templates

You are then presented with a list of templates to choose from with a Preview of what it will look like. Make your choice and the site will be created for you. Click on thumbnail for larger image.

Screenshot File  New  Web Site Template.

Using Personal 4 as an example, the website is created where you have specified on your computer and the following files/folders are created. Click thumbnail for a larger image.

Default in-box template organization

about_me (folder)
contact (folder)
images (folder)
links (folder)
resume (folder)
photo_gallery (folder)
styles (folder)

The styles folder contains the various style sheets you can use with the master.dwt. I would leave that folder as is. With the exception of the about_me and resume folder, each of the other folders contains only one page.

My suggestion for using this setup would be to move all of the images to the image folder and move the pages within the folder to the root directory with the default.html page. NOTE: In Expression Web 3.0, the page within each folder is named default.html. This means that you will need to rename the page itself BEFORE moving it into the root directory.

If you intend to use the photo gallery, then leave that folder as is. At the same time, I rename the default.html to index.html. (Use the name for the file that your server requires.)

Your website folder/file system should now look something like this. Click thumbnail for a larger image.

Screenshot of reorganized file/folders.

Your newly reorganized website is now ready to work with.

Any of the pages/ folder that you do not need can be deleted BUT remember the links to those pages are not removed if you delete the page/folder. The menu itself is a list and is part of the master.dwt. Edit the list to change or add links.

You may find the menu either to work with by making it an include page. If you need more detailed instructions, read Expression Web and Design Time Includes


  1. Hello! Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it. I will bookmark this site to return later. Looking forward to it. Thanks!

  2. Wordpress website says:

    This sounds like a great way to get out a website quickly but you would need to know html to edit it further and make more pages and so on. I used to build html websites and now I just use WordPress. I like to save time…

    Your option would be good for sales pages though. WordPress is not good for that.

  3. I think it’s essential for other sites to do this. I’m sure it will bring them a lot of hits.

  4. I have move all of the images to the image folder and move the pages within the folder to the root directory with the default.Thank you for your tips~

  5. This is a great idea and sure things will even improve on this its defo a step in the right direction

  6. Very very informative, thanks for clearing up some issues for me! 🙂

  7. Quality read. I found your site on bing and i have your article saved on my favorite read list!
    I’m a fan of your blog. Keep up the great work

  8. Računovodstvo says:

    Indeed! very easy to read. Nice job!!!

  9. Hey, thanks for the post, if been looking how to get these templates for a while now, thanks.

  10. Hi Patricia – I really find your post useful. I personally like Expression Web 3.0 since they already have templates that I can choose from. I’m not a techie person so you really helped me a lot to set it up. I will try your tips to reorganize my website. Thanks!

  11. Jean Bullington says:

    Hi there Patricia- I’ve found your post very interesting and useful for us. Thanks for sharing your post on how to set up the Expression Web 1.0 and 2.0 so with 3.0 version.This post really help us a lot.

  12. Ben Summers says:

    Web can design and develop web pages using XML?i need help please.

  13. Manuel Alcantar says:

    Awesome topic Patricia. This is very useful to us. Thanks for sharing this post to us.

  14. This is a good idea. Your making things easy. Thanks a bunch. Looking forward to this.

  15. Great information. Thank you for taking the time to write this article and explain it so clearly.

  16. I am looking out to build a website for a new service that I plan to start in the next month. These templates are really cool and I will use them for my computer based website.

    Also I just wanted to know what if I wanted to build a mobile based website. Are there any templates that could be used for websites supported across mobile platforms.

  17. I have just started work on a series of mobile friendly templates but they are not yet ready for prime time. See this post Mobile Friendly Responsive Template The template is by Ian Haynes and available for download at the Microsoft Gallery.

  18. Gabriella Stage says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I have read your article “Mobile Friendly Responsive Template” as you suggested here for mobile friendly templates. Ian has surely done very nice work but for me its not working. I tested these templates on my android phones but there is some glitch in it, its just not that fine as I expected.
    Anyways your articles are so good informative and helpful.

    Thank You,
    Gabriella Stage

  19. Gabriella, what does not work on the template? The one I wrote about is one offered by Ian Haynes and is available from the Microsoft Gallery . There is a section you can comment and ask questions or make comments.

    I have just added a series of Mobile Friendly Templates that use a slightly different take than Ian did. You might like to give them a try. They are heavily commented and there are a number of tutorials devoted to working with them. They are slightly more advanced as they use some CSS3 and media queries to detect the mobile device.

  20. Will these templates with one or two page sites also? I have a Blog where there can be two types of writings one on travel and other on technology. How can I use the templates there?

    • These templates are NOT intended to be used with a blog. And yes they will work with a large site or a small site. Just remove the pages you don’t need. Make sure you remove all reference to those pages.

  21. Its worth reading your article. I have tried your mobile templates for which you have given link here. These templates are very beautiful and I liked almost each of them and as I am new to mobile website designing, the emulator’s link you provided helped me a lot. Thanks for the wonderful writing.

  22. Wow, this is good, but I think for laypersons can you simplify it a bit more? I do not have extensive knowledge of HTML and some complications come. Another thing is how can it benefit SEO work? Say for URL modification or similar objectives. Anyway this is really a good post and demands repeat visits. Keep the good job.

  23. I read this article and find it very interesting and informative. As mentioned in another post, I also tried the mobile templates mentioned. They work great. But I have some problem with the web based application as I am not very familiar with HTML. Anyways thanks for this excellent post. Looking forward for more updates.

  24. It was great to read your article. I really loved your templates and your very clear explanation. Keep up the good job. Although I am not very comfortable with HTML, your explanation was good.

  25. Brilliant post. I find this particular article very informative and helpful.

    I am going to start a new website very soon and was looking for some stuff like this for it, so thank you very much for sharing this beautiful piece of information over here and please keep posting.

  26. Awesome article, I read this article and its very informative. I like your templates,I have not so much knowledge about HTML but your explanation was good thats why I understand your points. I hope in future you provide us these types of article which will be help us. you doing a great job.

  27. Hunter Grace says:

    generates the html code for frontpage 2003 and horrible. Your article on Templates and very well done. I will subscribe to your rss feed…


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