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?

19 Sep 2012

Creating A Mobile Version Of Your iWeb Site

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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.

14 Aug 2012

Publishing From iWeb – Multiple Methods

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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.”

RAGE Software, creators of the popular iWeb SEO Tool, have come up with this tutorial to show users who receive this message an alternate way of publishing their websites.

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.

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 theĀ iWeb SEO Tool Instructions Page.

Can I keep my web.me.com 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 web.me.com 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 www.mysite.com/my_site/Welcome.html, 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.