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30 May 2012

MobileMe Discontinuing Frequently Asked Questions

6 Comments iWeb 101, Tips and Tricks

I have been receiving many questions regarding what will happen to people when MobileMe has been discontinued. I am starting this list of frequently asked questions in hopes of guiding people in the right direction and giving them a better understanding of what exactly is the cause of effects of MobileMe being discontinued.

Will I still be able to use iWeb?

Yes, you will still be able to use iWeb just like you would with MobileMe. Instead of publishing to MobileMe, you would just publish to an FTP server. Just like you did with MobileMe, you will plug in personal information you receive from your web host that will direct iWeb where to publish the files so that your site displays on the internet. As you may have seen on this site before, we recommend RAGE Web Hosting for all iWeb users.

Will publishing be as easy as clicking the Publish button, like with MobileMe?

Yes, you will still be able to publish your site at the click of a single button. All you will need to do is a one-time setup with your FTP information, just like you did with MobileMe (remember typing in your MobileMe username and password that one time? This will be extremely similar).

Will I still be able to use MobileMe’s gallery feature?

You won’t be able to use MobileMe’s gallery feature on your new web host, however, you will still be able to use iWeb’s gallery feature. This means that you can easily organize your photos in iPhoto and drag and drop them onto an Albums page in iWeb and quickly publish to your new host. You can see this post by RAGE which includes a tutorial on still having Galleries with their hosting.

I have an old version of iWeb. Will I still be able to publish my site to an FTP server?

Yes, you will still be able to publish your site. You will just need to publish the website to a local folder on your hard drive, and then use a program such as iWeb SEO Tool to publish the site to your server. You can learn more about using iWeb SEO Tool at the iWeb SEO Tool Instructions Page.

Can I keep my URL?

You will not be able to keep your old MobileMe URL as that belongs to Apple. Instead, you will need to register your own custom domain. This is actually good news for most people since using the address is painful to remember and can look unprofessional for a business.

What do I do if I already have a domain name?

If you already have a domain name, you will still need to find a new place to host your site. You will be able to continue using your domain name. All you will need to do is give the domain name a code/address to let it know what server(s) you are now using. Your new web host will provide you with this code/address.

Will my Google rankings be affected by the change?

In most cases, your rankings should not be affected. If you already have your own domain name, all you need to do is transfer your domain over to your new host and make sure you publish your website the same way it was published before. For example, if you have high rankings for a URL that is, make sure that exactly URL works with your new host. The best way to do this is to publish your site and then test your URLs that you find in the search results.

27 Mar 2012

MobileMe To A Real Web Host – Time Is Running Out

9 Comments Tips and Tricks

Switching from MobileMe to a web host is continuing its trend as a hot topic within the iWeb community. As the deadline approaches, more and more iWeb users are beginning to realize the urgency to make the switch. In order to avoid running into any problems and having downtime for your website, it is recommended that you purchase hosting from a web host as soon as possible. If you have yet to do so, please make sure you take some time within the next couple of weeks to educate yourself and make the change. The video below will show you how to switch from MobileMe to a web host in a very easy way. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

12 Mar 2012

iWeb Hosting Update – MobileMe Days Are Numbered

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A very popular topic of conversation floating around the iWeb community these days is MobileMe being discontinued. This discontinuation is going to leave iWeb users stranded in terms of hosting their websites.

It’s been mentioned on this site many times that it’s important to take care of this situation sooner rather than later. We’ve also spoken about RAGE Web Hosting a few times, and how RAGE is the only web hosting company who knows iWeb well enough to provide high quality iWeb support for its hosting clients. I also want to mention how some of the features available to iWeb users hosting with MobileMe might work a bit different with your new web host. The main thing I wanted to discuss is password protection. Something that bothered me about MobileMe’s password protection feature was that you had to password protect your entire website, as opposed to just individual pages on your site.

In a recent post on the RAGE Web Hosting blog, RAGE introduced a new and easy way for iWeb users to password protect individual pages on their website. I think this method of password protection is great for iWeb users, as it can be difficult to password protect a page. This method makes it so easy that anyone can do it.

The video below is the tutorial on password protecting an individual page in iWeb. As the video outlines, you will need to have a RAGE Web Hosting account in order to be able to do this. Right now, RAGE is offering hosting at $5 per month which is a great price considering they offer unlimited space and bandwidth, while competitors with similar prices place restrictions on space and bandwidth.

23 Feb 2012

Ranking Higher In Search Engines – A Better Way

8 Comments SEO for iWeb

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a topic covered on this site many times, but I wanted to revisit it and let you know about the latest application for optimizing an iWeb website. Most of you have probably heard of iWeb SEO Tool, which is a very popular tool for adding items such as title tags and meta tags to an iWeb website. Now, there is a much more powerful SEO application offered by RAGE Software, the same guys who make iWeb SEO Tool.

What I like best about SEIntelligence is that it makes it easy for someone who doesn’t know the basic principles of SEO to still optimize their website. Getting direct instructions on what to do not only makes the thinking process easier on the user, but also teaches them a lot about SEO and what Google expects from websites.

RAGE posted a really good introductory video on their site that I think many of you can greatly benefit from. That video is posted just below. If anyone has any questions about SEIntelligence, just let me know. Also, I have been given a small number of 25% off discounts for SEIntelligence, to give out to All About iWeb readers. Just leave a comment below stating your interest, and make sure to leave a valid e-mail address for me to reach you at.

08 Feb 2012

Getting An iWeb Site In Google

1 Comment SEO for iWeb, Software, Tutorials

I know this topic has come up time and time again, so I wanted to quickly talk about it. Many iWeb users experience a bit of trouble getting their sites recognized by Google (and other search engines). This can occur for many different reasons, so I won’t dive into those right now. The easiest way to get any website indexed in search engines in a matter of just a few days is by creating and submitting what is called an XML Sitemap. An XML Sitemap is basically an outline of a website which displays all of the websites links. This Sitemap is not intended for humans, but is drawn up in a way that is meant for search engines. Sitemap Automator, a popular application by RAGE Software allows users to create their XML Sitemaps very easily, and also submit the Sitemap to all major search engines in just a few clicks of your mouse.

I am posting two tutorials below. One will show you how to create the Sitemap and publish it to your web server. The other tutorial will show you how to properly submit your site to search engines, including Google which does require one extra step (but it is totally worth it). You will see just how easy it is to do this. I encourage all iWeb users to create XML Sitemaps, and if you have any questions about the process, feel free to let me know.