|Home Catalog FAQ||Log In|
iWeb & iPhoto
Save $5 when you buy with iPhoto ‘08: Visual QuickStart Guide!
Save 30% when you build your own bundle of three or more books, including Take Control of...
(30% discount overrides other coupons and is calculated on the first screen of our cart.)
Take Control of iWeb: iLife ‘08 Edition
Learn how to make useful, attractive Web sites with iWeb!
Apple's iWeb aims to help you build an attractive Web site quickly and easily, but not all of iWeb's features are fully explained. If you want step-by-step instructions and plenty of time-saving tips, Web pro Steve Sande can help. In Take Control of iWeb, Steve walks you through all the steps for building an iWeb site and uploading it to MobileMe or to another Web host. You can look over his shoulder as he enhances iWeb's templates with a designer's eye, using tools like masks, reflections, and Instant Alpha.
Are you using a later version of iWeb? This title is about iWeb '08/iWeb 2. However, an iWeb '09 edition is available.
Steve teaches you the best ways to make all types of iWeb pages—including blog, podcast, photo, and movie pages—and he covers topics that go beyond the basics and way beyond the online help. You'll learn how add special elements to your site: iPhoto albums and galleries, YouTube videos, a Twitter feed, Google AdSense ads, Google maps, and forms that integrate with Google Docs. You'll also find coverage of how to edit graphics so your site loads faster, how to import podcasts and videos, how to make image maps, and even ideas for working with CafePress, Google Checkout, and Zen Cart to create an online store.
Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as:
iPad & Kindle
An EPUB is not currently available for this title.
A Mobipocket file is not currently available for this title.
About the Author
Steve Sande is a Mac consultant with Raven Solutions, LLC and has worked with Macs since 1984. Steve's writing can be found almost daily on The Unofficial Apple Weblog, where he also hosts the weekly TUAW TV Live video podcast.
Reviews of Previous Editions
Table of Contents
Read Me First
Welcome to Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition. This book puts you in control of creating and publishing professional-looking Web sites using iWeb, Web design software from Apple Inc. The book was written by Steve Sande, edited by Karen Anderson and Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
In January 2006, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced iWeb, a new Web site design and publishing tool in iLife '06. I know all too well how difficult it is to make a great-looking Web site and create a blog, because I've struggled with the complexities of RSS feeds and searched to find a way to easily publish photo galleries and podcasts. Watching Jobs simply click and drag his way through the creation of a professional-looking Web site in a few minutes during a keynote address was certainly an eye-opener, so I purchased iLife '06 and began playing with iWeb. The result of my play was the first edition of this book.
Fast-forward to August 2007 and another announcement from Steve Jobs—the release of iLife '08 , including a new version of iWeb. What impresses me most about iWeb 2 is how Apple's developers improved on the original by adding capabilities that previously required extensive workarounds—see What's New in iWeb 2 (two pages ahead) for more details on the new features.
In this book, I take you on a journey of discovery. I briefly explore the past so you can see what a powerful tool iWeb is, and then you can follow me as I build a Web site step by step. You can visit my iWeb site at http://www.tcoiweb.com/, and then read about how I used iWeb to create what you're viewing.
If you've never made a Web site before, you'll be thrilled with how easily you can organize your thoughts and have iWeb turn them into a beautiful work of art. Experienced Web designers will be happy with how iWeb works with the rest of the iLife suite to create vibrant Web sites full of text, sound, video, and photography.
Let's get started!
Although you can read this book sequentially, you may wish to use this page to set a custom path through the topics that I cover. You can click the blue links to jump quickly to a particular section.
This list, which was excerpted from the ebook, notes the main new features in iWeb '08 that the ebook covers:
Indeed, there is. See Take Control of iWeb '09. It covers iWeb '09, also known as iWeb version 3.
Yes, it does! Although version 1.0 of this ebook shipped long before .Mac switched to MobileMe, in 2009 we released version 1.1 of the ebook, and it is fully MobileMe-savvy. If you buy the ebook now, you'll get version 1.1. If you already own the 1.0 version, open it up and—from page 1— click the Check for Updates button. On the resulting Web page, you should find a download link for version 1.1.
A: Yes. Apple confusingly gives iWeb (and the other iLife '08 applications) two version numbers, one that applies to the program, as in iWeb 2 (it's the second version of iWeb) and another that refers to the iLife suite, as in iWeb '08. Sorry about that! We use iWeb '08 when talking about the program on the site, since we feel readers are more likely to look for that, but we talk about iWeb 2 in the book, since we feel that's more clear when discussing the actual software.
A: Yes, we do. See Take Control of iWeb: iLife '06 Edition, which covers that version of the program.
There are lots of great ways to read our ebooks on these devices. For more details, please read our latest Device Advice.
Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this title!
How could we not publish such kind words? If you'd like to send us your comments (good or bad, though we hope they're all good), just click the Feedback link on the cover of your copy of the ebook. Be sure to let us know if we can publish your comment. Thanks!
We do not plan to update the PDF of this ebook. However, a new edition that covers a newer version of iWeb is available.
June 27, 2011 --
Apple has announced the end of its MobileMe service, effective 30 June 2012, and with it the capability of using iWeb to host Web sites on MobileMe. Read on to find out what you need to do.
—Michael E. Cohen
May 11, 2009 --
Reader Michael B. asked, "I found the section on managing multiple iWeb sites in the '08 edition fascinating. However, I notice the same info is missing from the new '09 edition. Could you please say why? ... I would dearly love to manage multiple sites—if only to experiment to see which template looks or works best."
Here's author Steve Sande's reply: "The capability to work on multiple Web sites is built into iWeb '09. In past versions of iWeb, the only way that you could really accomplish this was to create separate Domain files, and open only the Domain file for the site that you wanted to update and publish. The new Site Publishing Settings, which are listed in the book starting on page 44, allow each Web site in a single Domain file to have its own publishing location and method."
May 1, 2009 --
We've just released Take Control of iWeb '09, by Steve Sande. The 152-page new edition covers all the new features in iWeb '09 (plus those that remain from previous iWeb versions, of course).
Generally speaking, Take Control of iWeb '09 walks you through the steps for building an iWeb site and uploading it to MobileMe or another Web host. You can look over Steve's shoulder as he enhances iWeb's templates with a designer's eye, using tools like masks, reflections, and Instant Alpha. You'll also learn the ins and outs of uploading, with special coverage of using a custom domain name and uploading to third-party hosts.
New iWeb '09 features discussed include still-more widgets that can add special content to your site (for instance, a Twitter feed) and the new FTP capabilities that vastly simplify uploading to a third-party Web host. As with the recently released Take Control ebooks about GarageBand '09, this title is unusual in that it offers book-length coverage of a single iLife application.
May 1, 2009 --
Listen to episode 969 of the MacVoices podcast and hear Steve Sande, author of Take Control of iWeb '09, talk about how much fun he's been having when writing about iWeb and hanging out with the crew at TUAW. Steve gets under the hood with the details of what's changed in iWeb '09 (more than most people though after Apple's iLife '09 rollout at Macworld Expo in January) and shares his candid observations about his likes and dislikes with respect to iWeb over time.
March 16, 2009 --
We've just released version 1.1 of Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition. Author Steve Sande has updated the text to make sense for MobileMe, not .Mac, and he has added an appendix that explains how to display your Twitter feed on an iWeb page.
Why release a new version of an ebook about iWeb '08, when iWeb '09 is available? First, lots of people are still using iLife '08 and don't yet wish to put the time and money into an upgrade, and second, we were able to create the update reasonably easily as a interim step while drafting a new edition to cover iWeb '09.
Readers who own the iWeb '06 ebook can upgrade to this new version with a 25% discount, and those who own the iWeb '08 ebook can download it for free. If either of these situations applies to you, open your existing PDF to page 1 and click Check for Updates. (If you're already on the Check for Updates page for the 1.0 version of the iWeb '09 ebook, look above, on the Downloads tab!)
January 12, 2009 --
At first glance, iLife '09 doesn't appear to offer much in the way of improvements to the iWeb user. But after delving deeper into Apple's announcement, it's apparent to me that the new version of iWeb has significant changes that should help in the design and publishing of iWeb sites:
August 28, 2008 --
iWeb is great for publishing one site to one server; preferably a MobileMe server. But what if you're trying to use iWeb to create a number of Web sites that are hosted on multiple servers? It's not easy—you have to save each site to a separate folder, then upload or synchronize those sites to the server with an FTP client one at a time. [iWeb '09 is vastly better at publishing multiple sites to multiple servers, and at FTP-based publishing. June 25, 2009 —Tonya]
Clarkwood Software, LLC has an answer: Multisite for iWeb 2.3. This Mac OS X application works with iWeb '08 and older versions as well. Use iWeb to build multiple sites, and then fire up Multisite for iWeb. It takes care of putting the sites into individual files, which means that you needn't publish every site every time you want to publish one.
In my ebook about iWeb '08, I talk about how to create separate Domain files for individual sites. Multisite takes care of that work for you. You can use Multisite to duplicate, delete, and create sites, import or export sites, and even create separate Domain files to send to other people.
You can try Multisite for iWeb before you buy. A fully functional 30-day demo is available from the Clarkwood Software Web site. A license for Multisite for iWeb is only $19.95.
August 28, 2008 --
One of the common concerns of iWeb users is the difficulty encountered in publishing iWeb sites to servers other than MobileMe. Mac developer Scott Finney of Plyxim has a solution for you. Scott's Easy iWeb Publisher 3.0.3 makes uploading an iWeb site to another server as easy as dragging a folder and dropping it on the program's icon. Unlike most FTP clients, Easy iWeb Publisher uploads only those files that have changed, so your iWeb updates are as fast as if you were hosting your site on MobileMe. Easy iWeb Publisher is shareware with a $7 suggested donation.
August 28, 2008 --
If you recently updated your Firefox browser to version 3.0, you may have experienced some issues with Photo Album pages, Photo Slideshow pages, and with blog comments. Fortunately for iWeb '08 users, there's an easy fix—make sure you're running version 2.0.4 (or later) of iWeb '08. You can check the version number by choosing iWeb > About iWeb. If you don't have the latest version of iWeb '08 installed, use Software Update on your Mac (available under the Apple menu or in System Preferences) to check for and install the update.
June 22, 2008 --
Are you bored with the 26 themes that come with iWeb 2? You might want to consider trying some of the new third-party themes that are available:
All these third-party themes come in a number of page styles (usually six or eight per theme), and have special installer programs to make adding the themes to iWeb a snap.
Visit our catalog to see all the other books we publish!
Teach classes? Check out our discounted class copy pricing!