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