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10 Mar 2014

New Features in EverWeb 1.3 Brings it Closer to iWeb

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Last week EverWeb 1.3 was released with a ton of new features. Over the next few posts we’ll discuss these new features in detail (there’s a lot!). Here’s a quick list of what’s new in EverWeb 1.3;

1. Direct FTP Publishing
2. An ecommerce widget for adding a Paypal store and shopping cart
3. 404 not found error pages
4. 301 redirects (we’ll talk about why these are insanely useful below)
5. Password protection

There are a few more features and you can find more details on the ragesw blog post.

One of my favorite new features is kind of an advanced one to understand, but a simple one to use. EverWeb now lets you implement 301 redirects so you can redirect an old website to your new website without losing your search engine rankings and without requiring visitors to update their bookmarks. Don’t be intimidated though, these are very easy to understand and use in EverWeb.

What Are 301 Redirects?
When you update your site, you may add or remove pages, specifically if you are rebuilding them in EverWeb. The links for your old website may not work anymore. This means if your website is listed in search engines, users may be directed to your old, outdated site, or no site at all if your old site has been deleted.

301 redirects are a way to tell search engines, and your visitor’s web browsers, that a specific page on your site has moved and should be redirected to another page. The major benefit of 301 redirects is that you won’t lose your existing search engine rankings.

How do I use 301 Redirects
301 redirects are a new feature of EverWeb 1.3, so you’ll have to make sure you download the latest version.

301 redirects work on a per page basis, so you’re going to have to decide which page on your new EverWeb site should replace a specific page on your old iWeb site.

1. Open your website in EverWeb and select your new page.

2. In your web browser, visit the old page that you want to redirect to your new page.

3. In the Path bar at the top of your browser window, copy the entire URL to your clipboard.

4. Return to EverWeb and select the Page Settings tab in the Inspector (It’s the first tab). Scroll to the bottom where you see the Redirects section. Paste the full URL in that field.

5. Now publish your website and when you visit your old URL in your browser it will go to your new EverWeb page.

If you have any problems, post your questions here and I will try and help. The process should be very straightforward.

Stay tuned for the next release where we talk about some of the other new feature.

01 Feb 2014

EverWeb 1.2 Full Review; Master Pages/Templates

20 Comments EverWeb, Software

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

2. Blogging

3. More Widgets

Let us know what you think of the EverWeb update in the comments below.

04 Nov 2013

Can EverWeb Replace Your iWeb? Complete Review…

27 Comments EverWeb, Software

If you haven’t yet used EverWeb (formerly EasyWeb), touted as the iWeb Replacement, it may be time to give it a try.

With Apple no longer updating iWeb it is only a matter of time before iWeb completely stops working on future versions of OS X. In addition, you won’t be able to expect any updates. I had the opportunity to beta test EverWeb over the last few months and I wanted to answer the question on everyone’s mind, is it time to replace iWeb with EverWeb?

Pros

User Interface

First and foremost EverWeb brings a very similar user interface that users are used to with iWeb. You’ll feel right at home in EverWeb.

iWeb User Interface

iWeb User Interface

 

EverWeb User Interface

EverWeb User Interface

 

Unlike other web development tools, EverWeb works very similar to iWeb, letting you place images, text and shapes anywhere on your web page. There are no restrictions to how you can design your website. You have the familiar Inspector to make your web pages, Media Library to access all your images, built in shapes and Widgets.

Navigation Menus with Drop Down Menus

EverWeb comes equipped with a much requested feature that iWeb users have needed for years. Drop down menus let you ┬áprovide better navigation to your visitors and easier organization of your website. EverWeb’s navigation bars are highly customizable, letting you add mouse over effects, background colors and more.

EverWeb Navigation  Menu

EverWeb Navigation Menu

Mobile Websites

EverWeb makes it extremely easy to create Mobile websites for users on iPhones or other Mobile devices. All the built in templates come with a Mobile version and there is even a video tutorial explaining how to create a mobile version of your site.

 

Mobile Websites in EverWeb

Mobile Websites in EverWeb

 

New Widgets

EverWeb includes many of the familiar widgets you are used to including Google Maps, RSS Feeds, YouTube videos and Image Galleries. It also includes new widgets for Social Media Integration with Facebook, Twitter and Google+, Contact Forms, Image Sliders and even HTML5 Audio and Video.

All of the widgets work great on Mobile sites as well.

One not so obvious but major enhancement in EverWeb over iWeb is the way the HTML Widget works. In iWeb it was embedded as an external page. In EverWeb the HTML Snippet actually embeds the HTML code directly on the website. This allows for much more advanced HTML codes being added to your website.

Some of EverWeb's Built in Widgets

Some of EverWeb's Built in Widgets

Built in Search Engine Optimization

iWeb had virtually no built in search engine optimization features. You had to use external tools such as iWeb SEO Tool to get your iWeb site properly optimized for Google and other search engines so your visitors could actually find your website.

EverWeb includes all of iWeb SEO Tool’s features built in so you can get your website optimized right from within the software.

EverWeb’s code is also much more efficient than iWebs was when it came to search engine optimization. There is no longer a requirement for third party tools to get your site properly optimized.

From within EverWeb you can change your title tags, meta tags and page file names. You can also include custom Head and Footer code.

Actually Talk With The Developers!

Have you ever wished Apple would respond to one of your feature requests for iWeb? Or they would give you some insight on how to use a certain feature?

Customer support is often a much overlooked feature of any software product. With EverWeb you can actually speak directly to the developers on the company’s forums.

It’s great to actually be able to submit feedback and not get left in the dark on when a feature may be added or a bug fixed.

Not only that, we can look forward to more than 1 update every year or two that we got with iWeb!

The Cons

Of course with EverWeb just a baby at version 1, there are some things that still need to be worked on.

Blogging

Although EverWeb has stated that a blog feature is the next big feature to be added, EverWeb currently lacks an easy to use blogging system.

Of course you can just create a separate page for each blog post you want to add and use Disqus for comments, it’s a little tedious.

Image Galleries

EverWeb does include a built in Image Gallery that lets you easily add a block of images to your website. The Image Gallery works great on Mobile Devices and uses a cool Lightbox affect for popup images.

It also includes an Image Slider that most new websites are using on their website.

However, EverWeb’s Image Gallery lacks the ability to include image captions and automatically split up large image galleries onto multiple pages.

Like the blog feature, you can add this yourself but it is a little tedious. It would be great if EverWeb’s Image Gallery were to be improved to include some of iWeb’s features.

Image Editing/Effects

iWeb included a great feature to make small adjustments to your images right from within the application. Unfortunately you cannot do this within EverWeb. You would have to use an application like Preview and then bring your image into EverWeb.

Pricing & Availability

EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that lets you publish to your existing web hosting service and a one-click publishing version that includes web hosting.

 

Most iWeb users will be more than happy with the $99/year one click publishing solution. It gives 2GB of file space which is usually more than enough for most iWeb sites. You get your own custom email addresses and al updates are free.

The standalone version costs $80 USD and comes with free updates and support for a year.

Final Say

There are a lot of nice little features in EverWeb that I didn’t have time to go over in this post. I will do some more tips and tricks in future posts.

In the mean time I think it is definitely worth a try. If you do need a blog just yet you should hold off on the change but otherwise I would say EverWeb is the closest thing you will find to iWeb and in many cases it is MUCH better.

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I for one am very happy that a company came to the rescue of iWeb users with an app that they are familiar and comfortable with while adding new, modern features.

 

 

18 Oct 2012

What Features Would You Need in An iWeb Replacement?

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We are all very upset by the fact that iWeb will no longer be updated. If an iWeb replacement or alternative website builder were to be released, what are the features that would be most important to you?

Please post in the comments what features that currently exist in iWeb would be essential for you to continue building your website.

Is it the ability to drag and drop objects anywhere, image galleries, podcasts, pre-built themes, blogging features or something else?

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.