Well when I your I don’t mean all of you but a few of you. I have been catching up on some of my e-mails and decided to pick some of the more popular questions that you have asked and put them all in a post. I used to do this a while ago but haven’t done it for a while now, although it is a great way of answering so many e-mails in one swoop. So rest assured this will (I hope) become a regular occurrence once again. Just keep the questions coming.
To start with this week we have a question about having 2 Macs and only one site, how do you do the updates?
The answer to this is a simple one, just follow my recent post entitled ‘One iWeb blog – lots of iWeb blog authors’ but rather than upload your domain file to a file sharing site, just stick it on a USB stick.
How can I stop Google indexing my HTML Snippets a separate pages?
Not such an easy answer this one. When you insert a HTML Snippet in to your site, iWeb does indeed create a new page just for the code you use. It then creates a link within its page to link directly to the extra page it created so that when a browser loads your HTML Snippet it looks as if it is actually part of the page (think iFrames).
One solution is to use a text-box expanded to the correct size within which you type one word (and one that doesn’t appear anywhere else on the page to save confusion). You save you site to a folder then, using a HTML editor you search open the page up to view its code, select Ctrl+F to search for that word you typed earlier and replace it with the code you would have put into the HTML Snippet.
This may not work for all codes however so give it a try first.
Why do my punctuation symbols appear as 3 or 4 strange characters on my iWeb page?
You need to contact your web-site host to sort this problem out, they should be able to adjust the settings in your hosting package to get it sorted, the problem is NOT with iWeb.
How can I get my iWeb blog users to share my posts on social networking sites?
This was covered in one of my very early post on All About iWeb although it is still relevant today. Take a look at my ‘Add social bookmarking to iWeb’ post and all will be revealed. As an aside, I have been asked how I got my ‘SexyBookmarks’ bar on All About iWeb and I will be running a tutorial on that in the near future.
Why don’t my iWeb site’s fonts look the same on other computers?
If you want to use a rare but beautifully crafted font on your iWeb site and absolutely nothing else will do then you must be prepared for it to look different on other computers. Your iWeb site (although this applies to ALL web sites) may look good on your Mac where the font is installed, but if a user opens your site and they don’t have that font installed then their browser will just revert to a web safe font such as ‘Times Roman’ or ‘Arial’.
Your safest bet is to keep fancy fonts to a minimum; if they are in headings or logos you could consider converting them to images which iWeb would do automatically if you add a very slight transparent shadow. The main body of your text should always be in a readable, web safe font.
Is it possible to run a store through iWeb?
Yes it is. I run (when I get the chance) themesforiweb.com which is built entirely in iWeb. The ‘buy now’ and ‘checkout’ buttons are all provided by E-Junkie. Okay, you have to pay for the service but it is minimal; I pay just $5 a month which I think is excellent value. Once you have provided details of your products you will be given a code for a button (or buttons) for each item.
E-Junkie is one of the few store related sites that allows you to sell ‘downloadable’ items such as iWeb themes.
If enough of you are interested, leave a comment and I shall write a post on how to add the buttons.
How can I get my iWeb page to get wider than 4000px?
By default iWeb does set a page maximum page width of 4000px, which, if you want 4,500px is not very helpful. To get round this restriction you will have to do a bit of editing of the code of the site. You should set your site width to 4000px using iWeb’s Inspector then save it all to a folder.
Once that is done open your site in a HTML editor and search/replace all instances of “4000” with “XXXX”, where XXXX is your desired width.
There is a downside however, even if you do expand the width of your page you still can’t effectively use it in iWeb because as soon as you open it up again within iWeb it will revert back to 4000px.
As always, if you have any questions regarding iWeb get in touch through the contacts page and I shall endeavour to see what I can do to help.