Since their are no stupid questions and it is Friday afternoon on December 30th…
I am still slightly confused as to why I would want to call
<?php if ( is_active_sidebar( 'frontpage' ) ) : ?> <?php dynamic_sidebar( 'frontpage' ); ?>
<?php if ( !function_exists('dynamic_sidebar') || !dynamic_sidebar('frontpage') ) : ?> <?php endif; ?>
Or do these functions serve different purposes I am not aware of.