A few weeks ago we had a discussion on what we would like to see in an iWeb replacement. We got some great suggestions and feedback and even people wondering if iWeb will be updated or re-released in some way.
Well today I’ve got some super exciting news to let you all know about. An iWeb replacement app is on its way.
Yes you read that right! We’ll soon be using an actively developed web site building tool that is very similar to the iWeb we know and love. I’ve actually seen it with my own eyes and it looks fantastic.
I can’t say whether it’s a new application or if Apple sold iWeb to another company but I can say we’ll all soon be back to using a web site building app we have loved for years.
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?
iWeb users can create a mobile version of their website in iWeb. The tricky part is getting the iPhone or Android phone to recognize that the user should be directed to the mobile version of the site. The tutorial below will show you exactly how to setup your mobile website from A to Z. The video requires users to have a web hosting account with RAGE Web Hosting in order to follow it completely. Hope everyone finds this tutorial well and are able to make awesome mobile versions of their iWeb sites.
Now that most users have made the switch from MobileMe to another web host, I wanted to address a topic that has come up quite often, and has led to some users experiencing a few issues here and there.
iWeb users who use iWeb 09 (most recent version of iWeb) are able to publish their websites straight from iWeb to their new FTP server. This makes it relatively easy for these users to publish their site.
I will mention one issue that some of these users experience. There is a small bug in iWeb which allows users to add files such as images, with spaces at the front of the file name. Publishing these images to MobileMe was not a problem, but iWeb does not allow some of these files with a space at the beginning of the file name to be published to FTP. Because of this, users usually end up with an error message that reads “There was an error communicating with the FTP server. Try again later, or check with your service provider.”
iWeb users who have an older version of iWeb do not have the publish to FTP option. Users who are stuck in this boat will need to publish their sites iWeb to a local folder on their hard drive, and then use an FTP client to publish their site to their server. Here are two tutorials showing you how to accomplish this. The first tutorial shows you how to publish it with iWeb SEO Tool and the second tutorial shows you how to publish it using an FTP client (CyberDuck). Keep in mind, these tutorials were created by RAGE Web Hosting, so the FTP information used is specific for RAGE Web Hosting, but the principles apply to almost any web host.
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.
Tim Bowden is a self-taught web-designer with a passion for Macs and iWeb. He likes to experiment with modern code techniques and graphic design. Tim firmly believes that if there is somthing you can do on a normal web-site then there is no reason why it can't be done on an iWeb site. Be sure to follow Tim on Twitter or check out his other site at themesforiweb.com.