Publishing your website with your Mac can be easy or hard, depending on what you want to do. If you want to share photos, open a blog or publish a podcast, you can use one of the infinite options available. But if you are after more flexibility and want to build a real Website, you can use your Mac. Developed by Apple, based on Mac OS X and launched in January 10, 2006, iWeb was a template-based Website creation tool. It was part of the iLife ’06 suite of lifestyle apps. Its first version was presented at the Macworld Conference & Expo, on January 10, 2006, while the last release (iWeb 3.0.4) took place on July 11, 2011. It was discontinued on June 30, 2012, when Apple pulled the plug on MobileMe.
iWeb tool allowed users to create and customize Websites without coding, adding their own text, photos and movies. iWeb integrated with other applications in the iLife suite, including the iLife Media Browser (a list of all the music, movies, and photos stored in iTunes, iMovie, and iPhoto). Users could integrate their creations with other services, such as AdSense, Facebook, YouTube and Google Maps. It hosted the sites on MobileMe. The user could not, however, choose a hosting of their choice.
iWeb included Apple-designed themes and templates with coordinated fonts and colors. Templates included standard Welcome and About Me pages, blog, podcast, photo and movie gallery pages, and more.
At the moment of its discontinuation iWeb had some unresolved bugs and limitations. For example, password protection was not supported on non-MobileMe-hosted Website. Besides comments on blog pages were not supported on non-MobileMe-hosted Websites.
When Apple discontinued iWeb, all iWeb Websites hosted on MobileMe disappeared if they were not hosted elsewhere. (But Apple provided instructions of how to move iWeb sites to another host).
Here come some iWeb basics:
Making Your Own Website or Blog
Compared to other programs, iWeb was easier to use, but the results could look a bit prefabricated. Besides, you were prompted at every turn to publish your pages to a MobileMe payable account. If you did not want to purchase a MobileMe account, you could still build a site. But in this case, you had to host it separately. Another drawback of iWeb was that its simplicity masked the mechanics of how Webpages actually worked. As a result, when a person wanted to learn Web design properly, there was no substitute for learning some HTML and building something from scratch.
To get started, the user had to open the application from the dock or Applications folder. He was then prompted to choose a design theme and pick the kind of page the user wanted to create first: Welcome page, Blog, Photo, etc. A prefab page appeared then. It was ready to be customized with the text, photos, videos and so on. If the user clicked the Audio, Movies or Photo tabs, he or she could browse the items and then drag them straight into the existing placeholders or anywhere else on the page. To see the tabs, the user had to click Show Media in the lower toolbar.
When the user added new pages, they appeared in the left-hand sidebar. The user could rename each page, should the he or she wish. Links appeared automatically between each page in the site.
Widgets and Tools
To add extra functionality to the site, the user had to access a selection of ready-made widgets:
HTML Snippets: Choose HTML Snippets to paste HTML code into your Webpage. With a basic understanding of how HTML works, you could borrow code from petty much any page you could find. To do this, in Safari you had to go to View – View Source to see a page’s HTML code.
Google AdSense: This option was located on the Widgets tab and could help you make a little money through Google’s popular AdSense service.
Google Maps: The Widget option embedded a Google Map tool into your page. By default, the user was offered a map displaying the user’s address from his or her Mac’s Address Book. It was possible to replace this with any location by choosing it and clicking Apply to place the map on the page.
After the user created the Webpage, he could highlight the site’s name in the left-hand sidebar to display the Site Publishing Settings pane. There the user could use the drop-down menu to choose whether to publish to MobileMe, a local folder or via FTP to his or her own Web space. After that, the user simply hit the Publish Site button in the lower toolbar to upload the pages. Files that were successfully uploaded appeared in blue until further changes could be made, but the user had to upload them again.
iWeb could also be launched from several other Apple applications. This allowed people to publish galleries of images to the Web directly from iPhoto and publish iMovie clips and films directly from iMovie.
To fine-tune elements of the page, the user had to select an item and hit the Inspector button on the toolbar at the bottom.
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- Want to see what Apple has to say about iWeb? Here is an article that does just that: apple.com/ca/ilife/iweb/index.html