A big update has been posted for EverWeb. As many of you know, EverWeb is so far the best alternative to iWeb, which was discontinued over 2 years ago. It follows the same interface as iWeb but comes with a lot of new features that iWeb never had.
EverWeb 1.2 Review
EverWeb 1.2 comes with one of the most exciting new features that many users have been asking for, Master Pages.
Master Pages lets you set up a global design for your website. Then you assign your Master Page to whichever pages you want to use this design. When you make a change to your Master Page, every page that uses your Master Page will be updated as well.
For users with large websites, this feature will be a life saver!
Now when you want to make a simple change to your Site’s design, you n0 longer have to go through every single page to make that change. Simply update your Master Page and you’re done.
Typically a Master Page should be used to create a header and footer for your site. Then each individual page will have a unique design within the content area. You can also use Master Pages to specify browser and page background colors/images.
This new feature makes designing and maintaining websites so much easier. If you haven’t switched from iWeb 09 to EverWeb, now is the time to really consider changing your web building tool. You can create your iWeb design as a Master Page in EverWeb and simply assign that to every new page on your site. This will dramatically reduce the time it takes to rebuild your iWeb site in EverWeb.
Multiple Master Pages
EverWeb lets you have as many Master Pages as you like. Typically you will only have 1 or 2, though it is good to know you can create an unlimited amount. One Master Page can be used for your desktop website and one can be used for your Mobile site.
When creating Master Pages, try to think if a group of pages have a lot of common elements. If so, consider creating more Master Pages for that group. That way you will always have less pages to update when you want to make a design change.
The only downside is that you cannot create a Master Page based on other Master Pages, though this limitation does not hinder you too much and for most users it will be a non-issue.
Master Pages in EverWeb
What’s Missing in EverWeb 1.2
A couple of features I was hoping for in EverWeb 1.2 include;
1. FTP Publishing Add in version 1.3
3. More Widgets
Let us know what you think of the EverWeb update in the comments below.