When you look at the 8 default page templates in iWeb it soon becomes pretty obvious that it is designed to get your photographs, music or videos on to the Internet, tell the world a little bit about yourself and that is about it. Through using the tutorials and tips available on this site and others dedicated to iWeb many users have tweaked these default templates and have produced some well made iWeb sites for other purposes.
Wouldn’t it be nice though if Apple were to included some other popular page templates in to their themes, such as a contact page. Here’s a list of pages that I think Apple should consider adding to the next version of iWeb and some you should consider adding to your iWeb sites now. Why not add a comment at the end if you can think of any more.
Contact Page. This is probably the most important page on a web-site that we don’t get a template for. There is absolutely no reason why your web-site shouldn’t have a contact page even if it just a plain page with your e-mail address in the middle of it; or you could follow my tutorial on how to add a form to your iWeb site.
FAQ Page. If Apple gave us the template for a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page we wouldn’t keep moaning about the fact that we can’t do anchors easily in iWeb; they would be done for us already. And if we didn’t want to use the page for FAQs at least the anchor infrastructure would be there for us to edit.
404 Pages. The ability to create a custom 404 error page would be fantastic in iWeb. Okay we can design one from a blank and upload it to our FTP server (if our host allows them) but MobileMe users don’t even get the chance to do that.
Product Page/Shopping Cart. For all of you who have tried to add a PayPal shopping cart to your site you will know how difficult it can be to add a products page to your iWeb site. We have Google Adsense built in, why not Google Checkout too?
Sitemap Page. Every time you add a page to your iWeb site, this page would get updated automatically and a link would appear in your footer in plain text. This would not only help search engine spiders crawl out iWeb sites, but make the job of creating a site map so easy.
There’s my list of pages I would like to see made into regular templates within iWeb, I would be very interested to see what you have to say; why not leave a comment.iWeb, iWeb customization, iweb inspiration