Archive for iWeb 101

06 Oct 2016

iWeb and macOS Sierra Compatibility

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As you may already know, Apple has recently released the new MacOS Sierra (10.12) Operating System to the general public. If you’re thinking of upgrading and also have iWeb installed on your computer read on…

Is my hardware capable of Supporting macOS Sierra?

macOS Sierra can only be installed on the following Macs with a minimum of 2GB memory and 8.8 GB storage space free…

  • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

If your Mac is older than those listed you won’t get offered an update to the new OS if you run the App Store.
As well as the above hardware compliance you’ll need to have one of these Mac operating systems installed…

  • OS X El Capitan v10.11
  • OS X Yosemite v10.10
  • OS X Mavericks v10.9
  • OS X Mountain Lion v10.8
  • OS X Lion v10.7

Is iWeb compatible if I upgrade to macOS Sierra?
So far it’s early days for the new OS, but reports coming in from various sources, including our own testing, point to some issues with iWeb such as

  1. The blog post list is too small so can’t be used at all as you can’t see any blog posts!
  2. Intermittent and inconsistent crashing when publishing websites leading to Force Quit scenarios
  3. Images sometimes fail to publish at all
  4. Sometimes code appears on published pages
  5. Lack of support for retina images within iWeb and no Retina display support for published websites.

You can probably still use iWeb on macOS Sierra as long as you don’t mind putting up with some, or all, of the problems listed above. Apple’s new APFS file system, introduced in macOS Sierra, is built for the future as it underpins and unites macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. However, for legacy applications such as iWeb, it may prove to be the cause of crashes and other compatibility issues.

There’s also the ongoing issues caused by iWeb not being updated, or maintained, for over five years now. Technology moves on so our recommendation is to look out for the upcoming EverWeb 2.0 release. The new version is in beta test at the moment and is expected to include blogging as it’s headline feature. iWeb users will feel right at home with EverWeb’s easy to use iWeb like interface that brings today’s technology with it. We’ll update you on this exciting new release as more details emerge and a launch date is announced!

16 Jan 2013

iWeb Replacement Is Called EverWeb

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The iWeb replacement app that has been buzzing in the iWeb community the last month or so will be called EverWeb. This is according to an email sent out by the developers of the iWeb replacement.

The email also let us know that EverWeb will be shown at MacWorld 2013, so if you will be in the bay area at the end of January, you can get a firsthand look at EverWeb.

The email also gave the Facebook page for EverWeb, where users can interact with one another and ask any questions they may have about EverWeb.

I was able to speak with the developers and here is my insider knowledge on EverWeb:

1) It is very similar to iWeb in the sense that it is pure drag and drop style website building.

2) iWeb lacked search engine optimization features. EverWeb will have these features built in.

3) There will be more widgets to work with.

4) There will be better, more modern templates.

5) You can create multiple sites easily.

All of this is really exciting news! I can’t wait until we get to try EverWeb out. In the meantime, head on over to the EverWeb Facebook page to learn more.

04 Jul 2012

Goodbye MobileMe, Hello iWeb FTP Publishing Issues

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So by now you have probably noticed your MobileMe website no longer works and have switch to a real iWeb web hosting service.

So if you have iWeb 09 (version 3.0 or later) you can easily publish to an FTP server just as you did with MobileMe. Most of you are probably publishing without any issues. However, judging by the emails I have received some of you are experiencing some rather annoying bugs in iWeb that make publishing harder than it has to be.

There was an error communicating with the FTP server. Try again later, or check with your service provider

This error is a rather annoying one. It happens when you drag a picture, video or other external file onto iWeb that begins with a space. It is especially hard to track down produces this rather cryptic error message that doesn’t really describe what the problem is.

This video tutorial will show you how to fix this problem;

Login Authentication Failed

This error occurs when either you entered your username or your password incorrectly. Usernames and passwords are case sensitive and must be entered exactly as they were sent to you by your web hosting provider. Also if you have an extra space at the beginning or the end of your password you will get this error. That is a common mistake when copying and pasting your login details.

Another common mistake is entering a (zero) 0 instead an an O (OH) or other common letters and numbers that look similar.

Directory path cannot be found

This error will occur whenever you enter an incorrect directory path. A common issue is similar to the login authentication issue where an extra space or line feed is entered in the field. iWeb will complain that it cannot find the directory path.

Otherwise you need to check with your web hosting provider to know what to enter in the directory path field. Do not guess what to enter here, it must be exactly what your web hosting provider tells you to enter.

More common FTP publishing issues with iWeb

For additional FTP publishing problems with iWeb watch this video tutorial to see if any of these issues affect you.

30 May 2012

MobileMe Discontinuing Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

20 Mar 2011

iWeb 101 – The HTML Snippet

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Another ‘in preparation for’ post this time to get you ready for the next post on All About iWeb; this time I want to explain how the HTML Snippet in iWeb works, and how it manages to allow all manner of different web-design magic display on your iWeb site. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to know all of this information before you add things to iWeb but it should give you a greater understanding of how your iWeb site works. Read more