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Take Control of iWeb ‘09
Follow along with author Steve Sande and learn how to make useful, attractive Web sites with iWeb '09 and '11!
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. For step-by-step instructions and plenty of time-saving tips, turn to Web pro Steve Sande. In this ebook, 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.
Version madness? This ebook is about iWeb 3, and it covers iWeb 3 regardless of whether you installed it from iLife '09 or iLife '11 (there was no iLife '10). For more info, see the "What's New" tab below.
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 also find coverage of how to import podcasts and videos and even get ideas for working with CafePress and Google Checkout to create an online store.
Special projects covered in the ebook include:
Plus, the ebook helps with uploading your site to the Web, covering questions such as these:
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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.
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Table of Contents
Read Me First
This book puts you in control of creating and publishing professional-looking Web sites using iWeb, Web design software from Apple Inc. It discusses iWeb 3, the version of iWeb that goes with Apple’s iLife ’09 and iLife ’11 software suites.. The book was written by Steve Sande, edited by Karen Anderson (with help from Tonya Engst), and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
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 along as I build a Web site step by step using iWeb. You can visit my iWeb site at http://www.tcoiweb09.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 words and images and have iWeb turn them into a beautiful work of art. Experienced Web designers will be happy with the ways iWeb works with the rest of the iLife suite to create vibrant Web sites full of text, sound, video, and photography.
In iWeb 3—also known as iWeb ’09—Apple had made significant improvements in the application to address earlier shortcomings and make iWeb an even more powerful Web site design and publishing tool.
In previous editions of this book, I had described a number of workarounds that allow publishing of your iWeb site to hosts other than MobileMe. Thanks to a new FTP (file transfer protocol) capability built into iWeb 3, these workarounds are no longer needed. Similarly, several other processes I detailed in earlier editions have been eliminated or streamlined, as Apple has added new or improved functions.
Although iWeb was left untouched during the release of iLife ’11, the world of iWeb is still moving ahead. In this updated version I provide you with more hints, tips, and ideas to make iWeb work for you.
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.
Take Control of iWeb ’09 version 1.1 was inspired by a desire to clarify that users of iLife ’11 can use this ebook, since the version of iWeb in both iLife ’09 and iLife ’11 is the same. While creating the update, I also added a few tips to give you more control of this powerful software:
A: Nope. For that you'll want Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition.
A: Same answer. See Take Control of iWeb: iLife '06 Edition, which covers that version of the program.
A: Although this ebook discusses the HTML Snippet widget—which you can use to insert your own HTML within an iWeb page—and it offers a list of third-party iWeb template makers, it doesn't get down-and-dirty with instructions on how to customize an iWeb template beyond what you can do with iWeb's built-in tools. In our opinion, if you are frustrated with iWeb's templates and want to go beyond iWeb's built-in features to customize them, you should purchase a third-party template or consider a more sophisticated tool such as Freeway, RapidWeaver, SandVox, or Dreamweaver.
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March 23, 20011 -- Now that we've updated this ebook to version 1.1 in recognition of iWeb 3 appearing in both iLife '09 and iLife '11, we have no future plans to update it for iWeb 3. If Apple releases a major upgrade to iWeb, we'll consider whether we should create a new edition.
—Tonya J Engst
June 28, 2011 --
Apple has announced the end of its MobileMe service, effective June 30, 2012, and has also announced that many of its functions will find equivalents in the new iCloud service from Apple, due to debut sometime in the last quarter of 2011. As it turns out, however, Web hosting on MobileMe is not going to be replaced by an equivalent feature in iCloud. Apple provides some details what iCloud will include and what it won't in its Mobile Me transition page (you can also read more about the transition in the TidBITS article, Apple Details Transition from MobileMe to iCloud).
Specifically, the capability of using MobileMe to host your iWeb site, as described in the "Publish Your Site" chapter of "Take Control of iWeb '09" (pp. 43-60) will no longer be possible after June 20, 2012. In addition, using MobileMe Web galleries in an iWeb site, described in "Work with MobileMe Galleries" (pp. 116-117), will end at the same time.
Apple recommends that you move any iWeb sites to a different Web hosting service before MobileMe shuts down, and explains the procedure in its document, MobileMe: How to move an iWeb site from MobileMe to another web hosting service. Note that iWeb ’09 provides an integrated FTP capability (see "Settings for an FTP Server," pp. 48-51) that you can use to publish an iWeb-created site to an alternate location.
Apple also provides instructions for saving any photos you have in Web galleries in its support document, MobileMe: How to save your MobileMe Gallery photos and movies; however, at present Apple provides no guidance to users about what to do with iWeb sites that currently rely upon such galleries. We suspect you'll have to find a new online home for your photos and movies and redesign your iWeb sites accordingly.
—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."
—Tonya J Engst
May 11, 2009 --
Reader Peter W. wrote in with the excellent suggestion that the ebook give directions for placing a PDF on an iWeb site. Peter pointed out that you can drag a PDF file from the Finder to an iWeb page and iWeb will then display the first page of the PDF as a thumbnail-sized image. For a one-page PDF with big type and graphics, that might be sufficient.
However, Peter also noted that you can select the thumbnail in iWeb, open the Inspector's Link pane, click the Hyperlink button, select the "Enable as hyperlink" checkbox, and choose A File from the Link To pop-up menu. Select the PDF in the resulting Open dialog and click the Open button. Now, once you next publish the site, site visitors can click the thumbnail in order to download the PDF. You could also link text on an iWeb page to a downloadable PDF, using the same basic technique in the Inspector.
I tried dragging a few other files into iWeb to see what would happen. When I dragged a TextEdit file to iWeb from the Finder, iWeb inserted the contents of the TextEdit document into the iWeb page. When I dragged a Microsoft Word 2008 file, iWeb added the filename of the document to my iWeb page.
—Tonya J Engst
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.
—Tonya J Engst
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