Once again it’s been a while since I last posted, sorry, but I did warn you all! As most of you will know I’ve moved back to the UK now and started my new job (hence the quiet period). Over the last 3 weeks or so I have been working hard on an iWeb site for an interior designer/architect in California which has kept me busy. I used many of the techniques you can read about on this very site, and it was great to be able to get back using iWeb again after a break. So what have I missed? What’s been happening with iWeb? Well if my Twitter feed is anything to go by, quite a bit!
On the afternoon of Sunday 12 June MacRumors published a copy of an e-mail that an anxious iWeb user had sent to Mr Jobs asking whether or not they would have to look for an alternative to iWeb and MobileMe once iCloud went live, and in a one word answer ‘Yep’ iWeb was given the chop. You can read the full post by clicking on the image below.
So what do we think of that? Well I am in two minds. It may be me being naive but can I really believe that the ex-head of Apple would simply reply with just ‘Yep’? I’m not so sure. I know he’s a busy bloke but really????
But on the other hand, when iCloud was announced I took a look at the iCloud web page on the Apple site and iWeb hosting wasn’t mentioned, at all! So I decided to get in touch with Apple and had an on-line conversation with the MobileMe support team and asked them if iWeb would still get hosting on iCloud. They pointed me in the direction of the iCloud web page on the Apple site and told me that they knew as much as that web page told me! (I had to chuckle when they asked me if they had solved my problem, great support!!!)
So I’m not 100% sure that iWeb is going, that said I’m not 100% sure that it is staying. I hope it stays, but if it does it needs improvements to bring it up to date with the all singing all dancing browser that is Safari 5. If we are going to hear the death knoll for iWeb then oh dear, I’m going to have to find something else to blog about!
iWeb still isn’t available as a download on the App Store and something else that points to the demise of our favourite web design app is if you pop along to your local Apple store and purchase a brand-spanking new Mac you will find that iWeb is no longer included as part of iLife. That’s not to say iWeb is going to stop working, far from it. It works fine on OS X 10.7 Lion, it’s just that new users can’t get it anymore unless they get hold of an iLife 11 Disc (and apparently they are getting like gold hen’s teeth now).
So even if Apple have stopped releasing updates at least other companies are keeping up their support. Rage Software has released an update to the fantastic iWeb SEO Tool so it is now at version 2.1. Among the updates is the ability to add favicons to your iWeb site; it’s free to download so you have no excuses!
And to go with the update they have also released a great new tool for all iWeb bloggers who are getting a bit nervous about the discontinuation of MobileMe, it’s the iWeb to WordPress converter. Of course, you don’t have to worry too much as you can just find another host for your iWeb blog, but you will lose some of the extra bits you get with MobileMe like Blog Comments or Search. With WordPress it’s all done with plugins. I have been lucky enough to get a copy of this app and will be running a full review for you all in the very near future, and to go with that the great folks at Rage Software have promised me a couple of licenses to give away – so watch this space.
So that’s it for now, let me know what you think of the demise of iWeb. Will you keep using it and find another host or will you use a completely different app altogether? I’d love to know.