An idea struck me last night as I was answering one of the many e-mails I receive about iWeb that I could collect the questions and publish the more frequent ones every week so that everyone can benefit form the answers. So here goes the first week.
If there is anything you want answered about iWeb you can drop me a line through the contacts page and I shall try my best to help.
How do I add categories to my iWeb Blog?
Sadly you can’t; well not without a bit of work first. You can add categories manually but that is all. The sole purpose of categories in a blog is to help your blog’s visitors to search/navigate your site with ease.
For example, All About iWeb has several categories in the side-bar. If you only wanted to look at the tutorials on this site you could click on the ‘Tutorials’ category and you would be taken to a page that would list all posts that I had classed as tutorials.
To achieve this effect in iWeb you first have to create a blank page for each category, give it a name and, using Inspector, make sure it doesn’t appear in the nav-bar. You then have to add a link to each post you want to appear in each category to the relevant blank page.
To create the list in your side-bar you have to add a text-box, add a list of your categories and then hyperlink each list item to its relevant category page.
Every time you write a further post you have to remember to add a new link to it on its relevant category page(s) too.
It’s a lot of work initially, especially if you have lots of entries already but well worth the effort to help your visitors get around your site. If you want your little list of categories to appear on more than one page you can just copy/paste the text box anywhere you want it.
What you should end up with is several pages that look a bit like the default blog archive pages that iWeb creates automatically however only pertinent posts will be listed.
Can I design an iWeb site, publish it via FTP and then my friend update it from her PC?
Another ‘no can do in iWeb’ I am afraid. For two reasons;
1. iWeb is a Mac application not for PCs;
2. You can only update the web-site from whichever Mac has the ‘Domain’ filed saved on it. You can of course copy the Domain file and e-mail it to another Mac user for them to update, providing they have the same version of iWeb as you but that is as best as it gets.
How do I design a Splash Page for my iWeb site?
A splash page is usually the first page a visitor to your site sees before they enter the main site. Normally they contain a logo or image and a bit of text something along the lines of ‘Enter Site’. They are found a lot on web-sites used by designers or photographers.
If you want to create your own splash page simply open iWeb, create a new blank page and design it as you wish. The text (and perhaps the logo) should then hyperlink to what you want to be your home-page.
Things you must remember to do however are to open Inspector and take the ticks out of the boxes for ‘include page in navigation’ and ‘display navigation menu’.
Additionally you must also make sure that the page appears at the top of the list of pages in your site on the left-hand side of iWeb; that way it will be the first page that shows when your site loads in a browser.
I would like to stress however that adding a splash page to your web-site will do absolutely nothing for your iWeb sites SEO. The most popular search engines use keywords within the content of your text (rather than the keywords meta-tag) to index your site, so if the first page of your site has nothing on it…….I rest my case!
Is it possible to change the default layout of the photo-page that shows when a user clicks on an album?
Once again this is something that you cannot do within iWeb’s default settings. If you want to have an unusual photo-page why not create your own Album page which in turn links to your custom photo-page. You could then follow my tutorial on adding Lightbox to your iWeb site to have the images within this page show differently.
That’s it for this week. As I mentioned above, if you have a question about iWeb that you would like answered drop me a line or leave a comment.