after searching for almost a year, i have found two decent alternatives to micro$oft frontpage:
1) http://www.webpage-maker.com/ $50
SUPER EASY to use, but the company is slow in answering emails
2) http://www.webeasyprofessional.com/ $50
this one is a bit more difficult, but it has a REALLY cool feature - it can import existing front-page webpages! this one needs to get filed under 'how-cool-is-that'.
i used this as a guide:
both of these read and write its own 'internal' file, much like a word document. this makes it handly for collaboration.
i have yet to see if they support templates well - thats my next challenge.