Author.dll Error Fix

The file author.dll is among the FrontPage Server Extension files that enhance Web servers by permitting authors to remotely manage and publish Websites. The file author.dll and the other extension servers work directly with the FrontPage designer to change Web permissions to upload files and connect to data sources. The extension files also have a runtime component that allows advance features such as WebBots.

WebBots features include content linking, posting, and discussion pages. Most Web hosting providers use these FrontPage Server Extensions that include the file author.dll so that the user can seamlessly publish a FrontPage Website.

When the user installs FrontPage Server Extensions on a Website that is hosted on a Windows server, the software consists of the following binary files the admin.dll file, the shtml.exe process, and the module author.dll.

These binary files implement certain components to the Website. The admin.dll file will implement administration. The shtml.exe process will implement runtime components and the author.dll file will implement authoring services.

The said binary files or FrontPage Server Extensions are not just for FrontPage users. There are many other Microsoft technologies that use the said extensions such as the file author.dll. Examples of these include Web Folders, Office Web publishing, and Sharepoint Team Services. These files are important components to the Microsoft Web Strategy.

Some servers and security documents recommend simply removing FrontPage Server extensions because of its potential serious security vulnerabilities. Since removing it from the server will disable some of the major features of your FrontPage Website it is highly advised to leave this module and the other binary files in your system.

Recommended fix if you are experiencing author.dll error messages:

DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files contain computer code and resources that can be used by multiple programs at the same time. This uses less system memory and helps your computer system run more efficiently. DLL files give program developers the ability to reuse code to add features to several programs without the need to write new code for each program.

There are many programs that require DLL files to function properly so when one of them is damaged or missing it will cause program crashes and poor system performance.

To fix these problems the user must replace the damaged file with a valid working version. If a working version cannot be found the user may perform a reinstallation of their operating system.

Author.dll is created by:

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Support Site

Known file path:

C:\Windows\ system32\ author.dll

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